EVERYONE IS WELCOME
Here you will find a diverse and open-hearted community of people, united by a curiosity to explore and practice what it means to be a Christian today.
We envision a world transformed and made whole through God's love. We are called to love one another, express gratitude, ease suffering, and work for justice.
We come from all walks of life and diverse faith traditions, but we share a common purpose—to grow in love for neighbor, self, earth, and God.
All of us, believing and doubting, are companions on the journey, together leaning into our faith as we confront complex issues of compassion, justice, faith, and love.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe, along with the psalmist, that “The earth is the Lord’s, and all that is in it; the world, and those who live in it.” (Psalm 24:1). We believe that God created the world in love, that God still loves the whole world, and that love is God's hope for us all, borne out in the life and teachings of Jesus.
We believe that Jesus points us to a way of life and faith centered in the love of God. He called this “the kingdom of God,” a kingdom not defined by a list of unchanging beliefs, but by the dynamic pursuit of love. Therefore, we believe that church should be more of a “school of love,” and less about right doctrines or beliefs.
Our starting place is seeking to love one another. We strive to be a welcoming and hospitable community where all people are welcome. We value the sacredness of life. We honor diversity. We listen for God’s call. We challenge and nurture each person’s journey toward the justice of Christ, the reconciliation of the Spirit and the wholeness of God. This is how we live our faith in the world.
We are called to live out our faith in our relationships in the world. We are called to love broadly and to seek fullness of life for all people, wherever they are. This means that we will act on behalf of others and on behalf of God’s creation, addressing injustice, healing the planet, and seeking peace with our neighbors and our enemies.
Above all, we believe that practicing love is more important than anything we believe.
MEET OUR STAFF
Our roots go back more than 100 years, beginning with a small worshiping community of San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS).
When Montgomery Chapel was constructed in 1897 on the corner of Bolinas Avenue and Richmond Road, this community incorporated itself into a formal congregation with the name “Seminary Presbyterian Church.”
The name was changed to First Presbyterian Church of San Anselmo in 1907 when the town of San Anselmo incorporated. Even though our church has since been a separate entity from the Seminary, we have maintained a close association through the years.
Montgomery Chapel, first home of the Seminary Presbyterian Church.
The frame of the current church building during construction in 1957.
Our history includes dramatic events that have helped shape who we are today.
These include a 1909-1911 heresy trial about biblical modernism, membership loss over the Angela Davis Defense Fund in the early ‘70s, and a walkout during a sermon on Central America in 1985.
We have also experienced a gradual unfolding, from decade to decade, of congregational patterns of worship and education, mission and service, fellowship and nurture.
If you want to know how we moved from condemning “Demon Rum” to savoring the wine of our members’ vineyards; why we worship the way we do; how we obtained two of the best organs in northern California; how we became an inclusive church; how children and youth became a central focus of our congregational life; or who our pastors have been for the past century, ask the church office for a copy of Our Past: A Window to the Future.
Adapted from “Congregational History: A Past for the Future,” by Walter Davis and Chandler Stokes, The Presbyterian Outlook, September 7, 1998, p. 15.