Pastor Phil and Barbara Popineau

About The Bridge


Pastor Phil Popineau and his wife Barbara have been at The Bridge Church since the Fall of 2008. They have been married for 29 years and have four children. They have ministered in churches for over 30 years as lead pastor,
associate, pastor to families, youth and children. He has a bachelor's degree in Ministry and a master's degree in Church Leadership. He enjoys golf, football, baseball and In-n-Out Burger!

Pastor Phil's favorite verse from the Bible is Proverbs 3:5,6 and Barbara's is Philippians 3:10

Our Mission

Love the Lord, Love People, Serve the World.

The most important thing to God is people. We believe John 3:16 "For God so loved the world He gave…" He gave because He loved. It is our goal at The Bridge for people to experience God's love and the friendship of other people. Together we help people in Berkeley, the Bay Area and the world.

Our Values

Connect with God
Accept Yourself
Restore Relationships
Invest in Others
Nurture Others
Give back to God


Connect with God

Accept that you have sinned (Romans 3:23).
Believe Jesus died for your sins (John 3:16).
Confess your sins and ask Jesus into your life (1 John 1:9).

Accept Yourself

God accepts you! He created you the way you are. When we connect with God, He forgives us through Jesus Christ and helps us accept ourselves.
(2 Corinthians 5:17; Psalm 139:13-16)

Restore Relationships

We want to see wholeness in our relationships - even the ones that may be strained or broken. We believe God can make a difference in all of our relationships.
(Matthew 18:21, 22; Ephesians 5:21; Luke 6:37, 38)

Invest in others

We believe we are "better together" and that friendships are the best investment we will ever make. As we all strive toward the same goal of serving God, we try to serve each other and our community.
(Ecclesiastes. 4:9-12)

Nurture others

We don't promote religion; we are all about a relationship with Jesus Christ. A great way to know Him is to know His word. We have a responsibility to connect with other people and nurture them toward a deeper relationship with Christ.
(Romans 14:7, 8; Philippians 2:3-5)

Give back to God

As God generously blesses us, we believe it is our privilege to give back to Him. The best investment we will ever make is an investment of our time, assets and giftings to others.
(Luke 6:38)

Our Beliefs

  1. WE BELIEVE...The Scriptures are Inspired by God and declare His design and plan for mankind.

  2. WE BELIEVE...There is only One True God–revealed in three persons...Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (commonly known as the Trinity).

  3. WE BELIEVE...In the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. As God's son Jesus was both human and divine.

  4. WE BELIEVE...though originally good, Man Willingly Fell to Sin–ushering evil and death, both physical and spiritual, into the world.

  5. WE BELIEVE...Every Person Can Have Restored Fellowship with God Through 'Salvation' (trusting Christ, through faith and repentance, to be our personal Savior). [1 of 4 cardinal doctrines of the AG]

  6. WE BELIEVE...and practice two ordinances—(1) Water Baptism by Immersion after repenting of one's sins and receiving Christ's gift of salvation, and (2) Holy Communion (the Lord's Supper) as a symbolic remembrance of Christ's suffering and death for our salvation.

  7. WE BELIEVE...the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a Special Experience Following Salvation that empowers believers for witnessing and effective service, just as it did in New Testament times. [1 of 4 cardinal doctrines of the AG]

  8. WE BELIEVE... The Initial Physical Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is 'Speaking in Tongues,' as experienced on the Day of Pentecost and referenced throughout Acts and the Epistles.

  9. WE BELIEVE...Sanctification Initially Occurs at Salvation and is not only a declaration that a believer is holy, but also a progressive lifelong process of separating from evil as believers continually draw closer to God and become more Christlike.

  10. WE BELIEVE...The Church has a Mission to seek and save all who are lost in sin. We believe 'the Church' is the Body of Christ and consists of the people who, throughout time, have accepted God's offer of redemption (regardless of religious denomination) through the sacrificial death of His son Jesus Christ.

  11. WE BELIEVE...A Divinely Called and Scripturally Ordained Leadership Ministry Serves the Church. The Bible teaches that each of us under leadership must commit ourselves to reach others for Christ, to worship Him with other believers, to build up or edify the body of believers–the Church and to Meet human need with ministries of love and compassion.

  12. WE BELIEVE...Divine Healing of the Sick is a Privilege for Christians Today and is provided for in Christ's atonement (His sacrificial death on the cross for our sins). [1 of 4 cardinal doctrines of the AG]

  13. WE The Blessed Hope—When Jesus Raptures His Church Prior to His Return to Earth (the second coming). At this future moment in time all believers who have died will rise from their graves and will meet the Lord in the air, and Christians who are alive will be caught up with them, to be with the Lord forever. [1 of 4 cardinal doctrines of the AG]

  14. WE The Millennial Reign of Christ when Jesus returns with His saints at His second coming and begins His benevolent rule over earth for 1,000 years. This millennial reign will bring the salvation of national Israel and the establishment of universal peace.

  15. WE BELIEVE...A Final Judgment Will Take Place for those who have rejected Christ. They will be judged for their sin and consigned to eternal punishment in a punishing lake of fire.

  16. WE BELIEVE...and look forward to the perfect New Heavens and a New Earth that Christ is preparing for all people, of all time, who have accepted Him. We will live and dwell with Him there forever following His millennial reign on Earth. 'And so shall we forever be with the Lord!'