Oakland Elmhurst SDA Christian Church

Taking the East Bay for Jesus Christ One life at a time.

Our Pastor

Pastor Kietrich "Key" Germany hails from Sacramento, California. Raised in a God-fearing home, he learned from a very early age about God and the importance of the Bible. One evening, when he was eight years old, Kietrich's mother took him to an evangelistic series where He sensed God calling him to follow Him, and Kietrich gave his heart to God.

At around the age of 12, Kietrich began to study the Bible earnestly. He was so excited about the truths that he was learning that he regularly held Bible studies with his friends before school each morning, pleading with them to give their lives to the Lord. It was then that he began to sense that God was calling him into ministry.

After graduating high school from Sacramento Adventist Academy, Kietrich went on to receive a ministerial degree from Oakwood College (now University) in Huntsville, Alabama. He soon returned to Sacramento and worked as the youth pastor for the Capitol City SDA Church. From there he attended Andrews University to pursue his Master's of Divinity degree from the Seventh-day Adventist Seminary. While at the Seminary he was the chaplain for the Black Student Association of the Seminary (BSAS) where he led the graduate student worship service called Intercession that saw its attendance increase 10 fold under his leadership. He then was recruited to become the student leader of New Life Fellowship, the African American worship service for the Andrews University student body. During his tenure, they regularly experienced overflowing services of hundreds of worshippers praising God together from week to week. With a single semester left to complete his Masters, he was hired as the Assistant Pastor of the Oakland Market Street SDA Church where he served for four years. 

In the winter of 2013, Kietrich was hired as the pastor of the Oakland Elmhurst SDA Church, where he currently serves.

He is married to the lovely Teairra Germany (formerly McQueen) where they reside together in Oakland.