Missional Internship Cohort

August 2017-August 2019

In an increasingly diverse, complex, and broken world, the body of Christ is still called to “preach the Message of good news to the poor, announce pardon to prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, to set the burdened and battered free, to announce this is God’s year to act!” (Luke 4:18-19, MSG). It seems, however, that the idea of the Church being the hands of feet of Jesus (which got dirty) has taken the back seat to other ideas like comfort and security. The Missional Internship Cohort seeks to provide training for the next generation of leaders in the Church to live into, and invite others others into, this calling of loving and serving our neighbors on the margins.

FPCH runs ministries in many spheres of society. As an intern, you will have the opportunity to work in a variety of ministry fields including: church planting, the foster care system, homelessness (shower and clothing, warming shelter, temporary housing), undocumented immigrant and refugee care and advocacy, racial reconciliation,  Possible emphases include: Missional Pastoral Leadership Intern, Multi-cultural Worship Intern, Justice and Reconciliation Intern, Urban Youth Leadership Intern, Educational Advocacy Intern, and Poverty, Crisis, and Homeless Response Intern.

1.  Commissioned Lay Pastor Ordination  

You will receive theological training from a variety of excellent seminary professors and bold Church leaders through the Presbytery of San Francisco’s CLP program.

2. Christian Community Development Association National Conferences

You will get to attend the annual CCDA National Conferences whose mission is to inspire, train, and connect Christians for the sake of biblical justice. The 2017 conference will be held in Detroit, Michigan.

3. Fundraising and Financial Support Team Training

You will learn how to create and sustain an enjoyable financial support team for whatever God may ask you to do for the Kingdom. This training will be given by Reverend Jake D. Medcalf, founder of UrbanLife, YoungLife Area Director, and current Senior Pastor of FPCH.

4. Christian Community Development Trip to El Salvador

ENLACE (pronounced en-lah-say) is the Spanish word for LINK and commits to a 10 year relationship with a local church in El Salvador. We will work with ENLACE as they equip church leaders to become effective agents of change as they understand who they are as a body, listen to their community, and respond to opportunities for developing sustainable solutions to poverty.

Date: July 10-14, 2017

5. Internship Emphasis Specific Conferences

There are multiple conferences that interns will be sent to correlating with their emphasis. For example: a Multi-cultural Worship Intern will attend the Glocal Musicians Collective’s Annual Musician’s Training in Chicago, while an Urban Youth Leadership Intern will have the opportunity to attend the Urban Youth Workers Institute’s National Conference in Los Angeles.


Chizu Buckalew grew up in San Francisco, relocated to San Diego for college and Mexican food, and has since moved back to the Bay Area. She is the Christian Community Development Director for FPCH, and leads our church in reaching out into our neighboring communities to find opportunities for the church to come alongside and work together with the least of these. She has been an InterVarsity staff for 12 years, the creator of Borderlands,  (a summer missions experience for college students that focused on justice through the lens of immigration on both sides of the border), a manuscript leader at the Urbana Missions Conference, and a Community Developer. She is incredibly gifted in leadership development!


  • Jake Medcalf – Senior Pastor at FPCH, Founder and past Executive Director of UrbanLife, YoungLife Area Director
  • Kirk Davis – Families and Community Life Pastor at FPCH, Church Planter, Community Developer
  • Aisea Taimani – Music/Creative Director at FPCH, Artist, Core Team Member of Glocal Musician’s Collective
  • John Smith – Planter and Pastor of The Fellowship Church, YoungLife Oakland Area Director for 17 years
  • Paul Keim – Creator and Leader of Smalltown Society (, Artist, Advocate  

Cohort Speakers

  • Mark Charles – is a speaker, writer, and consultant who recently moved to Washington DC from the Navajo Reservation. The son of an American woman of Dutch heritage and a Navajo man, Mark seeks to understand the complexities of American history regarding race, culture, and faith in order to help forge a path of healing and reconciliation for the nation.
  • Reverend Alexia Salviatierra –  Rev. Alexia Salvatierra is the author with Dr. Peter Heltzel of “Faith-Rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World” (Intervarsity Press) and the founder of the Faith-Rooted Organizing UnNetwork..  She is a Lutheran Pastor with over 35 years of experience in community ministry, including church-based service and community development programs, congregational and community organizing, and legislative advocacy.   
  • Erna Hackett – Born in Seattle, Washington, Erna attended Scripps College in Claremont, California, and is with InterVarsity’s Urban Program Department in Portland, Oregon. Erna’s pursuing a master’ Intercultural Studies at North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies.
  • Reverend Mike McBride – Pastor Michael McBride (known as “Pastor Mike”) is a native of San Francisco and has been active in ministry for over 20 years. Throughout the years, Pastor McBride’s commitment to holistic ministry can be seen through his leadership roles in both the church and community organizations.  A graduate of Duke University’s Divinity School, with an emphasis in Ethics and Public Policy, Pastor McBride planted The Way Christian Center in West Berkeley, where he presently serves as the Lead Pastor.
  • Reverend Debbie Lee Rev. Deborah Lee, an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ, has worked at the intersection of faith and social justice for over 25 years as an educator and organizer on issues of race, gender, a just economy, anti-militarism, LGBTQ inclusion and immigration. Deborah is a second generation Chinese-American, a mother and a tai chi practitioner. She is currently the Senior Program Director of Immigration, with the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity which believes that every person is sacred across all borders.
  • Christine Brooks Nolf – Christine is the current Church Relationship Director of ELANCE.  She has also served on the Board of Directors for the Christian Community Development Association and founder of Mika Community Development Corporation.  

And many more…

This program is through First Presbyterian Church of Hayward, a multi-cultural, missional, and justice oriented church serving the East San Francisco Bay Area. It requires a 2-year commitment in which interns will work an average of 30 hours/week. Interns are expected to raise $1500/month for the program. FPCH will use $500 of this amount for speakers, conferences, traveling costs, etc. and will provide $1000 for the intern as a monthly stipend.  Housing will be provided by church members.  Interns are welcome to take part-time jobs while in the cohort.

Sample Weekly Schedule for all participants

(emphasis in leadership training will vary according to assignment)

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning Intern Specific Training Mentor Meeting Cohort Bible Study & Meeting Sabbath Worship
Afternoon Church Staff Meeting City Council Meeting Relationship Building Intern Specific Training Sabbath Cohort Community Building
Evening Neighbors \Dinner Sabbath