Life-altering events happen.

When they do, we’re here to listen and offer support. Our pastors, Caring Ministries staff, trained community members, and licensed clinicians from Berkeley Christian Counselors are available to provide resources to meet you where you are and accompany you on your journey. We would love to help—just let us know how.

Companionship and Guidance

If you are facing a crisis, grieving a loss, experiencing a life transition, or facing a spiritual challenge of any kind, our Stephen Ministers are here to help. Our Stephen Ministers are trained community members who provide confidential, no-fee, ongoing, one-to-one support to those experiencing a challenging time in life.

To learn more, or to request the help of a Stephen Minister, contact David Wagner at or (510) 848-6252 ext. 241.

Financial Assistance

Through the Deacon Fund, First Pres provides emergency, one-time financial assistance to members of our community who are in need. Send a confidential request to, or call (510) 848 6252 ext. 514.


If you would like us to pray for you, or for a family member or friend, we invite you to submit a request. Your need will be held in confidence and can be submitted anonymously, if you prefer. You can also reach out to us directly via email at

Support Groups and Classes

First Pres and our partners at Berkeley Christian Counselors offer a range of support groups and classes throughout the year.

Divorce Recovery Ministry (DRM)

Having received the non-judgmental love and comfort of God in the midst of our brokenness, Divorce Recovery Ministry provides a safe place for the Holy Spirit to bring healing to all who are working through the end of a long-term relationship. Upcoming programs include:

For more information, email

Widow/Widowers Grief Recovery Groups

Our Grief Recovery groups are open to widows and widowers of all ages. Whether you have lost a spouse recently or years ago, all who are interested in working through their grief are welcome. Our community:

  • provides a safe place for sharing experiences of loss and grief
  • facilitates understanding of the grieving process
  • encourages hope and provides support
  • enables people to begin and work through the grief process

For more information about available groups, download our brochure or contact Merrilee Mitchell at

Home and Hospital Visits

If you are sick or homebound, our Deacons are available to come speak with you, pray with you, offer communion, and listen to your concerns. Deacons are ordained servant-leaders of the church. They serve as the hands and feet of our Caring Ministries, offering a good word and the comfort of Christ whenever needed. To seek the help of a Deacon, contact David Wagner at or (510) 848-6252 ext. 241.


Submit a care request.


David Wagner
Mission & Care Coordinator

Financial Assistance Information