Leadership @ First Pres

First Pres leadership includes lay leaders, along with pastoral and ministry staff, who are essential to the governing and leading of the church. They seek to be prayerful, accountable, and accessible in their varied roles.

Interim Season

We welcomed Interim Senior Pastor Steve Schibsted in June 2017. He will serve our congregation until we call a permanent Senior Pastor. As part of our PC(USA) denomination's process, we completed the required Mission Study Report that was approved by our Session and then by the San Francisco Presbytery in February 2018.

Our congregation elected a Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) at a Congregational Meeting on November 4, 2018. The PNC will engage in an intensive process of discernment to identify the candidate who will be called to serve as the next Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley. Click here to download the PNC candidate materials to read the PNC members' Statements of Faith. Check this page for more information about the PNC and their work.


See the information box at right to learn more about Steve, Session, Deacons, and other leadership groups.