Connect with Cal
First Pres has been blessed and has had the opportunity to bless through our connection with Cal. We believe that we are on this corner in part to love and serve the UC Berkeley community.
Our Historical Connection
In 1878, First Pres was founded by 27 individuals who wanted to minister to the growing university community. Ministry models have changed over the years, but our commitment to Cal continues as we invest resources, money, and time toward developing relationships and helping college students grow in Christ.
Our Geographical Connection
Our church campus is located on an urban, dynamic, and diverse corner, two blocks away from UC Berkeley. We are across the street from a campus dorm that 1,000+ students call home. Although our congregation draws from six Bay Area counties, we walk, ride, and drive through the heart of Berkeley every time we come to church.
Our Emotional Connection
We have third- and fourth-generation UC Berkeley alumni who call First Pres home. You might see our pastors decked out in BLUE & GOLD, and many hearts cheer when the cannon goes off to announce a Bear touchdown. There are couples in the church that credit Cal for bringing them together. And, you don't have to be a Cal alum to tell time by the Campanile.
Our Missional Connection
UC Berkeley is our Jerusalem — the first mission field we come across when we step off the church campus. The Cal student population, like many other mission efforts, cannot promise consistent attendance or giving potential. However, in reaching out to those 35,000+ students, guaranteed to disperse to the four corners of the earth after graduation, we have the opportunity to join God where he is already at work.
Here are some ways we can engage with our university neighbor: