Connect with Cal  

Connect to Cal

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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.

Take the Next Step

Here are some ways we can engage with our university neighbor:

  • Welcome Cal students to Berkeley and to First Pres! On Move-In Sunday, we serve Cal families by offering the use of our parking garage. You are invited to wear BLUE & GOLD to worship, park in Telegraph Channing Garage with a heart of gratitude and generosity, and welcome the visitors you meet on and around the church campus.
  • Take advantage of the many athletic, cultural, and academic events offered on campus. You don't have to be affiliated with Cal to go to a basketball game, poetry reading, concert, or campus museum. Have fun as you get to know your neighbor! Click here to browse events at Cal.
  • Pray for Cal professors as they teach and influence the next generation of movers and shakers. Click here to find out about Berkeley Christian Faculty Fellowship, faculty members who are living out their faith in a place of rigorous scholarship and exploration.
  • Calling all Cal alumni! Click here to connect with other Berkeley grads at First Pres.
  • Get involved! Consider being a FoCUS partner, hosting a FoCUS small group for dinner, or getting involved with UMin in other ways. Please contact Ryan Pemberton at (510) 848-6252 ext. 264 or ryanp@fpcberkeley.org