We have ministered to college students and faculty for more than 140 years.

First Pres has long been blessed with a vibrant community of undergraduates, graduate students, and instructors. The church was created to minister to the growing community at the University of California, but our university population also includes students and faculty from Mills College, Berkeley City College, Diablo Valley College, and more.

Wherever you are from, we welcome you!

Undergraduate Ministries

Core Groups

These small groups of four to 
five people commit to meet each week to engage Scripture, pray, and cultivate deeper relationships.


On Wednesday evenings, the Fellowship of College
 and University Students (FoCUS) offers intentional community and radical hospitality, life-giving worship, and thoughtful conversations on issues that matter for college students 
in Berkeley.

Freshman Group

Recently arrived? The first year
 of college is a unique time 
of transition. We are committed to walk along side you and help you cultivate community with others.

Special Events

Join us for our annual fall retreat, Thanksgiving potluck, Christmas party, and service opportunities, including an international service-learning trip over spring break. Check the calendar for upcoming events!

Graduate & Faculty Ministries

Veritas Graduate Christian Fellowship is an interdenominational campus ministry affiliated with InterVarsity and UC Berkeley. Our fellowship includes InterVarsity and graduate students, professional students, and postdocs. We come from many churches, including First Pres.

2:42 House

Located on the First Pres campus, the 2:42 House is a place where up to eight university students live in intentional Christian community. This community is rooted in the words of Acts 2:42: “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.”

Our hope is that students complete their education at UC Berkeley or other local colleges with a redefined and reinvigorated view of Christian vocation and how this view will shape their lives. We want each resident to become better able to discern God’s unique call in their lives, moving them beyond merely “getting a job” to discovering rich resources for lifelong Christian stewardship.

For more information on the 2:42 House, contact info@fpcberkeley.org.