About BPMH
The BPMH residential complex consists of seven two and three bedroom cottages, six apartment units, and two homes, one of which houses five single residents in a shared housing environment. The spacious living room of this home, called the A House, is often used for meetings and community gatherings. The second home houses the resident manager and his two children.The Mission Homes are set in well-maintained gardens with a fenced playground for small children. There is off-street parking for one car per residential unit. There is a common laundry facility and a modest library with computers for the use of the residents. Each unit is completely furnished, including linens and kitchen equipment. Occasionally, space is available for a few days or weeks for short-term visitors to the area. Rental fees include all utilities, except telephone, which is available at the tenant’s expense.

The Mission Homes were established in 1937 through the foresight and generosity of Carolyn Babcock Adams and her family. The Adams family served as missionaries in Korea for two generations, conducting evangelistic work at the newly established station of Taegu. Caroline Babcock, the second wife of James Adams, joined him in his mission work at Taegu, after the death of his wife, Nellie. When Caroline came home on furlough for reflection and interpretation of her ministry every seventh year, she needed a pace to stay. A gift from her family made possible the purchase of a court of seven cottages on Regent Street in Berkeley, the current site of the Berkeley Presbyterian Mission Homes. Subsequently, two large adjacent houses have been added to the property as well as a six unit apartment complex.

Today, the primary use of the facility is to provide housing for international church leaders who are pursuing advanced doctoral degrees at the Graduate Theological Union. In the near future, that function will be shared with the additional focus of bringing together scholars of diverse religious traditions in an intentional residential interfaith community to study and work together on issues of common concern.


The Homes are administered by a Board of volunteer Directors, drawn from churches of San Francisco Presbytery. The day-to-day operation of the facility is guided by a resident manager, who reports to the Board. The Board and the Manager meet on a monthly basis and Board sub-committees carry on numerous tasks throughout the month.