University Students & Faculty

First Pres has been blessed with a vibrant community of undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty for more than 140 years.

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 (these are all undergraduate only?)

Core Groups

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


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. Contact: Joe T—

Freshman Group

Recently arrived? The first year
of college is a unique time
of transition. We are committed to walk alongside you and help cultivate community with others. Contact: Austin Rehbein.

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, and are supported by—and sometimes meet at—First Pres.

2:42 House Vocational Experience – include?

Hi, friends! I’m Joe, a FoCUS and Cal alum (2001). First Pres and its University Ministries brought me into faith, shaped me in many ways, and launched me into a lifelong calling to the university and to students. What an honor and joy it is to get to come alongside and support the FoCUS students of today. Feel free to email me at Can’t wait to meet you!