In July 1967, a small but dedicated group of believers held their first worship service in the “upper room” of a grocery store in the South Hills Shopping Center in South Land Park, with Rev. Walter Link serving as organizing pastor. A formal steering committee was elected, a choir organized, and education and fellowship programs began. Twenty-nine months later the Sacramento Presbytery voted to organize Faith Presbyterian Church. The organizational service was held on Dec. 21, 1969 at the Greenhaven Lutheran Church.
Services were moved to rented quarters at Parkside Community Church in early 1970, with Walter Link as pastor. The congregation moved again in 1973 to Riverside Wesleyan Church in the Greenhaven/Pocket Area. Land at 625 Florin Road had been purchased by the Sacramento Presbytery in 1965, and by 1980 a 200-seat multipurpose room, church offices, a kitchen, family room, nursery, lavatories, and two classrooms were built on the site. Membership growth demanded the addition of two more classrooms in the mid-1980s.
A fund drive to finance a new Sanctuary was begun in 1989. On Miracle Sunday, May 14, 1989, over $60,000 was raised! On March 8, 1992, ground was broken for the 350-seat sanctuary and the first service was held in the new (and present) sanctuary on Palm Sunday, April 4, 1993. Faith’s congregation grew to nearly 550 members by 2000. Along with church programs, percentage giving to general mission continued to increase, reaching 21.5% in 1993. Participation in local mission activities flourished.
In 2005 Session adopted a vision statement, “a community loving Christ, building disciples, serving all,” as the Faith congregation continued to shift its focus on “those outside its walls” by housing and feeding a small group of homeless families for a week on church grounds once a quarter through the nationwide Family Promise program. Additionally, Faith opened its doors to a local Ethiopian Orthodox congregation seeking space to worship each week. Around the world and in the local community Faith continued to demonstrate Christ’s love by providing help where it was needed.
By late 2006, nearly 200 members of Faith’s community were participating in Life Groups— small groups meeting regularly to grow in their faith in Christ. In 2008 the members of the church reached out to the community by performing a weekend of service activities, called Compassion Weekend. Over 300 church and community members participated. Faith also opened its doors to another congregation, Korean Vision Church, which began meeting on Sunday afternoons in Faith’s sanctuary.
In March 2010 Faith sent a Vision Team to Ethiopia to explore and entertain the possibility of a long-term partnership with the Abaya Area Development Project through World Vision. Through this partnership, the Faith family now sponsors more than 100 children from the Abaya area. And thanks to the pledges from Faith members and several large and generous donations, Faith has helped the Abaya community with a water project to provide accessible fresh water for more than 5,000 people and to build classrooms in a school for 80 children.
Faith Serves Sacramento was launched in 2010 to enhance Faith’s current efforts to fight hunger and homelessness in the Sacramento community area as well as find new ways to engage the congregation in these efforts.
Today Faith is a church where the members are the ministers, and support and leadership are provided by 13 Elders on Session, a board of 18 Deacons, three pastors on staff, a Children’s Ministry Director, Family Ministry Director, and a Director of Music. Faith is a diverse congregation, which believes that Christian ministry is a gift. Through participation in worship and service, in learning and fellowship, in caring and encouragement, the community of Faith continues to strive to make a real difference in the world.