In 1926 the First Presbyterian Church of Oakland approved the plans to build a Bible School in the Montclair District of Oakland. The building was to cost about $25,000. It became necessary due that they had outgrown the temporary accommodations at the school. They grew from seven children in January to eighty in July.
Thorn Road Bible Students circa 1926
In June of 1927, it was announced that the school would be open for four weeks during summer vacation.
Oakland Tribune June 1927
The 1920s showed major growth in Montclair and the bible school started having Sunday services for the residents of the area. They held Easter Services up on Skyline Dr and festive Christmas services.
Sunrise Service and Christmas circa 1928
In 1930 Montclair Presbyterian Church was organized with 90 Charter Members.
In 1938 they built a new Chapel which was there until they built the present complex in the mid-1960s at 5701 Thornhill Drive.
Oakland Tribune 1936 and 1938
The Chapel as it looked in 1940