WHO WE ARE


Our Vision, Goals, and Priorities for 2017

Great Commandment - Matthew 22

34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested Him with this question: 36 ”Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law:” 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

GOAL – 250 family members who would say “someone knows me well”

GOAL – Neighbors say that First Pres “loves well”

GOAL – Continue growing as a Multi-Cultural, Multi-Lingual, Multi-Socioeconomic, Multi-Generational
community of faith that reflects where it has been placed by God.


Great Commission - Matthew 28

16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

GOAL –150 people involved in life on life discipleship

GOAL –30 New Discipleship Groups formed

GOAL –Send 30 people with church plants, celebrate official opening dates of 2 new missional communities (Fellowship Church and SmallTown Society)

GOAL—Begin process for planting two more churches in 2019

GOAL—Continue partnering with local and overseas organizations in their discipleship efforts


Great Gifts - Acts 2

38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

GOAL – 25 New Adult and 25 New Youth Baptisms


Great Privilege - Acts 2

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs
performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

GOAL – 150 participants Growth Groups or small group Bible Studies

GOAL – 150 Average Attendance in Community Learning


God's Mission

The mission of God in Christ gives shape and substance to the life and work of the Church. In Christ, the Church participates in God’s mission for the transformation of creation and humanity by proclaiming to all people the good news of God’s love, offering to all people the grace of God at font and table, and calling all people to discipleship in Christ. Human beings have no higher goal in life than to glorify and enjoy God now and forever, living in covenant fellowship with God and participating in God’s mission.

The Church is sent to be Christ’s faithful evangelist: making disciples of all nations in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; sharing with others a deep life of worship, prayer, fellowship,and service; and participating in God’s mission to care for the needs of the sick, poor, and lonely; to free people from sin, suffering, and oppression; and to establish Christ’s just, loving, and peaceable rule in the world.

CHANGING DEMOGRAPHICS AND CULTURE IN OUR GOD ASSIGNED GEOGRAPHY.


OUR STAFF AND LEADERSHIP

Jake Medcalf

Pastor/ Head of Staff

(510) 581-6203 x 209 jake@firstpreshayward.com

Jake is the senior pastor here at First Pres. You can come and enjoy a sermon from him this Sunday!

Rich Williams

Commissioned Lay Pastor

(510) 581-6203 x 204 or rich@firstpreshayward.com

Rich wears many hats. He's involved with our Peacemaker's ministry as well as the Healing team, the Board of Deacons and the personnel committee.

Kirk Davis

Families and Community Life Pastor

(510) 581-6203 x 212 or kirk@firstpreshayward.com

Kirk provides pastoral support to the families within the church and within our neighborhoods.

Ronald Rivas

Bilingual Pastor

(510) 612-7386 or ronaldrivas6@yahoo.com

Ronald and Martha are bilingual pastors who bless our congregation with their many gifts.

Laurel Harris

INTERIM OFFICE MANAGER

(510) 581-6203 x203 or laurel@firstpreshayward.com

Laurel does everything office related, including managing facilities staff and being the secretary to Session, Deacons, and our Head Pastor.

Terri Biondi

CHILDREN'S PASTOR

(510) 581-6203 x 211 or terri@firstpreshayward.com

Terri leads our children's ministries for children birth through 6th grade including First Pres Kids, SOAR and VBS.

Nick Largusa

Student Ministries Director

(510) 586-6317 or nlargusa@gmail.com

Nick leads our youth programs for middle and high school

Chizu Buckalew

Christian Community Development Director

(510) 581-6203 x 210 or chizu@firstpreshayward.com

Chizu reaches out into our neighboring communities to find opportunities for the church to come along side and work together with the least of these.

Kyle Biondi

Associate Accountant

(510) 581-6203 x 205 or kyle@firstpreshayward.com

Kyle keeps track of the money in and out, ensuring the records are appropriately kept.

Sally Cole-White

Church Business Manager

(510) 581-6203 x 208 or sally@firstpreshayward.com

Sally manages all things financial at FirstPres.

Aisea Taimani

MUSIC/CREATIVE DIRECTOR

(510) 714-7856 or aiseataimani@gmail.com

Aisea (pronounced i se-aah) can be found on Sunday mornings celebrating and sharing stories and songs from different cultures, deepening our capacity to love God, our neighbors and ourselves.

ALEX LARGUSA

Pastoral Intern

(510) 305-3487 or alex@firstpreshayward.com

Paul Keim

SMALLTOWN MISSIONAL COMMUNITY TEAM LEADER

(510) 325-3164 or paulk@firstpreshayward.com

Paul leads our church plant, Smalltown Missional Community.

John Smith

PASTOR OF THE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH PLANT

(510) 773-9464 or jsmitty73@gmail.com

John leads our Fellowship Church plant in San Leandro.

Kandi Tasker-DIll

DIRECTOR OF HIS GROWING GROVE PRESCHOOL & CHILDCARE CENTER

(510) 581-5088 or kandi@hisgrowinggrove.com

Kandi leads the staff of our preschool, His Growing Grove.

Leadership Team (Elders)

  • Phil Arzino
  • Mark Bucklin
  • Suzette Fung
  • Anita Hall
  • Kevin Johnston
  • Jeff Kearnan
  • Jon Kiland
  • Walter Mayen
  • Norm Moy
  • Ronald Rivas
  • Steve Rothi
  • Rick Kalish

Phil Grebe – Clerk of Session