Let's Build This Together
PBC Remodel Project
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———- April 2020 Update ———-

Work on our remodel has begun!

Because our kitchen is used to serve the homeless, it has been deemed by the county an “essential service”, allowing the kitchen remodel to begin. We’re currently on track for a mid to late summer finish.

We have preliminary designs for entryway and worship center.

Based on the amount pledged (~$2M), the remodel team has developed preliminary designs for the playground/entryway and worship center which fit into that budget. We are excited for these options and believe they will contribute to and enhance the ongoing ministry of PBC in the future.

We understand this is a time of great financial insecurity.

The current COVID-19 crisis has changed life in so many ways over the past several months. We understand that this situation has already and could continue to have serious financial impacts on members of our community. We do have the ability to help in some situations: please reach out to us if you have an emergency financial need. We also understand that some people may need to modify their remodel pledge based on new financial realities.

For that reason, we’re asking everyone with outstanding pledges to update your pledge, so that we can have the best information on available funds for the project. You can do so using the form at pbc.org/pledge.

We have a unique opportunity to begin work on our campus without further disruption.

We anticipate some period of time after the shelter-in-place order is lifted where we are still required to limit the group size that is allowed to gather for worship. That window provides an excellent opportunity to begin work on our worship center and playground without causing additional disruption. With accurate estimates of available funds, that work could begin soon after the shelter-in-place order is lifted.

———- Original Information ———-

We have been blessed by the generations before us with facilities to gather and worship God. We believe God will work in powerful ways through PBC as a witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ in Palo Alto. Join us in preparing our buildings for the next generation of ministry in service to God.

Entryway and Playgrounds


  • Welcoming – We do not have a clear pathways for visitors to navigate our campus
  • Safety – Play surfaces and fencing need upgrading for safety and functionality
  • Community – Current playground area doesn’t offer good areas for parents


  • Main Entry– We want to design an obvious main entry point visible from most of the parking lot
  • Playgrounds – Upgrade play structures with shading and climbing wall
  • Ball Pit – Enhanced ball area with basketball hoop 
  • Aesthetics – Improved visual appeal and welcoming area
  • Community – tables and benches for parents



    • Outreach – Unable to feed visitors without commercial permit; Recovery ministry and Shelter offerings dependent on a fully commercial kitchen; Other events not possible with current kitchen
    • Maintenance – Current plumbing is failing regularly


  • Commercial Kitchen – Need to upgrade entire kitchen to meet commercial permit requirements
  • Food Service – County compliant food service area in Fellowship Hall
  • Fellowship Hall – Upgraded aesthetics and A/V in Fellowship Hall

Worship Center


  • Renewal –  refreshed interior after years of use 
  • Connection –  enhanced cohesive, community-oriented space 
  • Flexibility –  increased ability to adjust to different events & audiences 
  • Outreach – welcoming to newcomers and people unfamiliar with church
  • Acoustics – speaker system, acoustic  treatments, enhanced tech booth
  • Lighting – lighting design, fixtures, window treatments, enhanced control
  • Aesthetics – updated flooring and seating (chairs or pews), better sight lines
  • Stage – enlarged, easily reconfigured
  • Climate – Air conditioning

Honoring the Legacy, Embracing the Future

What began in 1948 as a calling to five local businessmen, “to know Christ and to make him known,” has blossomed into the far-reaching ministries Peninsula Bible Church. Wise and prayerful stewardship gave us the gift of a space to gather and worship. We have been richly blessed to be the beneficiaries of the planning and sacrifice of those who came before us.

In 2015, the elders discerned a call to honor the past by preparing the facility for the future of ministry at PBC. Since then, the Let’s Build This Together remodel project has addressed several concerns. We have addressed safety and maintenance issues, have configured flexible ministry spaces for children and youth, and consolidated our administrative and office space. Recent events have led the elders to pursue addressing several additional areas of concern.

  • In the fall of 2018, a health complaint to the county caused our kitchen to be shut down for any outreach events. This severely impacts our recovery and other outreach ministries.

  • Plans for addressing acoustics and lighting issues for the Worship Center have been under discussion since 2005. New ideas have contributed to a desire to address our primary worship space to create a more consistent and community-oriented experience


  • Having renewed our commitment to become a more welcoming community, we want to address challenges that our facilities present to newcomers. Plans to upgrade the children’s playgrounds include a redesigned entry-way



The original land for PBC was purchased in 1954 and the main building was built. The A, B, and C wings were added several years later.

The Fellowship Hall was added in 1972.

Our color scheme in the Worship Center dates to 1989.

The stage was last renovated in 1992.

The D building was added in 2000.

The remodel plan for 2013 included $6M worth of updates. $4M worth were funded and completed.

Announcement from Elders

We'd Love to Hear From You

Please help us as we move through the process of thinking about how to update and refresh our Worship Center, Kitchen and Landscape areas.


The budget for this final remodel phase is $3.8 million. After using available funds, the current need is to raise $3.5 million. Our approach will continue to be “fund as we go,” so that we will not begin construction activities that are not yet funded and we will not incur any debt.


Remodel Activities Budget (costs in $1000s)Total: $3,821

Playground Safety:

  • Replace old equipment
  • Replace turf & fencing
  • Add shade canopies
Commercial Kitchen$420

Worship Center Refresh:

  • Refresh interior
  • Replace room lighting
  • Replace sound system & acoustic treatment
Fellowship Hall:$70
Front Landscaping  & Signage$175

Playground & Entryway:

  • Expand playground and ball-pit
  • Add centralized entryway
  • Add family gathering areas

Worship Center Usability:

  • Reconfigure video displays and stage
  • Expand stage lighting
  • Replace seating
Worship Center HVAC$587

Worship Center Improvements:

  • Extend stage for special event flexibility
  • Expand video infrastructure for sermon capture
  • Add elements for more welcoming space


In total our goal is to raise $3.5 million from within the church family over a 15-month period. Please pray about how God wants you to faithfully and sacrificially contribute to the remodel project. We welcome gifts of any size. We trust God’s vision for our resources and believe He will direct our giving to His glory.

Your gift and/or pledge commitment is over and above your regular giving to the ministries of the church, and it is a statement of intent that may be modified as needed. Pledges will be collected through January 31, 2020. Donations are needed now, and pledged funds received through January 31, 2021. To put our $3.5 million goal in perspective, the cost is roughly equivalent to our yearly budget at PBC.

Contact [email protected] or call the church office with any questions.

He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. 

2 Corinthians 9:10