Adult Education & Opportunities

Adult Education


Reel Faith Film Series
Middle Hour
Support Groups & Classes

There are many opportunities for adult education and growth at First Pres. Listed below are current classes and events; for more information, please contact Janet Sanders, Adult Ministries Coordinator, at (510) 848-6252 ext. 267 or



Summer Colloquium: Reformed & Reforming

Celebrating 500 Years of Reformation

From our beginning in 1878, First Pres stands as a congregation led by Christ and guided by the reformed tradition of our faith. Our story is one of transformation by the work of the Spirit and God's Word as we face the challenges and changes of our times. Presentations from the speakers listed below are available through the Audio Library under Summer Colloquium 2017.

Date Topic and Speaker
June 4

Reading the Word, Hearing the Spirit
Guest Speaker: Mark Labberton
President and Professor of Preaching, School of Theology Fuller Theological Seminary
June 11

500 Years of Reformation—2000 Years of Reform
Protestants and Catholics Striving for God

Guest Speaker: Zach Flanagin
Professor of Theology & Religious Studies Saint Mary’s College of California
June 17–18

Sola Fide—What's in this "faith alone" by which we are saved?
Sola Scriptura—John Calvin on the peril of reading Scripture alone
Sola Gratia—Do you really want to be saved by grace alone?
Click here to download presentation handout
Guest Speaker: John L. Thompson
Professor of Historical Theology and Gaylen and Susan Byker Professor of Reformed Theology, School of Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary
June 25

Mission & Justice—DR Congo Past and Present
Guest Speaker: Paul Tshihamba
Vice President for Church Engagement Congo Initiative USA (First Pres Mission Partner)

Reformation Resources

Pastor Mark Stryker has compiled a list of resources for further study on the Reformation including historical context, the Reformers, the Reformed Tradition, and guides for spiritual practice. Click here to download.

Making Sense with Scripture Series

This four-part series explored what is involved when we seek to interpret the Scriptures faithfully and discern together how the Bible may guide us as a community today. To listen to the first three sessions, please visit the Audio Library and click on Classes & Discussions. For more information, please contact Janet Sanders at