Sycamore Congregational Church UCC

Sycamore Church was founded by Japanese students in 1904 and has continued to serve not only new Japanese immigrants but people of a wide range of ethnicities, abilities, and theological perspectives for 111 years. In 2014 we joyfully celebrated our 110th anniversary! We typically have 20-25 in the Japanese language service and 40-45 in the English language service, but up to 110 in our bilingual services (10 per year). While Sycamore is not officially an Open and Affirming church, we  have been blessed to have a number of LGBTQ members, friends, and MITs; and we have served at vigils for peace and immigration rights. Sycamore has a fully integrated Japanese language Preschool and a number of the parents participate in the bilingual services. 

This academic year Sycamore will be a particularly interesting Field Ed site, as our new Japanese language minister both integrates into our culture and traditions and brings new energy to our congregation. Additionally, we have begun a series of strategic discussions about a number of areas of our ministries. Rev. Omi has served at Sycamore since 2012 and is a member of the 52-person United Church Board, continuing a tradition of close ties to the National Setting of the United Church of Christ and, as a former Sycamore MIT, is committed to fostering MIT development. The MIT can expect to be an active participant in worship, including preaching every several weeks (if desired), assisting with Holy Communion, participating in church meetings, calling on members (typically in spring semester, if desired), and community events, including our Annual Bazaar, which attracts 1500+ people, Rummage Sale, and other events. 


Car Required: Yes
Monthly Stipend: $500

1111 Navellier Street
El Cerrito, CA 94530


Rev. Kevin Omi

Garfield Park Community Church (DOC), Santa Cruz, CA

Garfield Park Community Church is, for all intents and purposes, a new church- one that is attracting young adults at this time. We hope to build a children's ministry. Garfield Park Community Church is very progressive socially and theologically self-described as "moderate liberals."  Worship is in the style of modern music. The church is a tightly woven family.

The Field-Ed student will have opportunities to assist in pastoral care, property management, teaching, and office duties. Garfield Park Community Church is excited to help foster future leaders in the Church. 


Car Required: Yes

Monthly Stipend: $400-600 


Posted August 6, 2015




Christopher Drury, Interim Pastor 
111 Errett Circle
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 426-0510



Associate Pastor Internship/Residency - United Church of Santa Fe, New Mexico (UCC)

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Island United Church (UCC, PC(USA), UMC)

Island United Church is a small congregation (membership 40-50; worship attendance about 20-25) located in Foster City, just off Hwy 92 (the Hayward-San Mateo Bridge.) This is a diverse community, burgeoning with new tech residents and nearby businesses. At its founding about 50 years ago, the church was triply-affiliated by covenant with the United Church of Christ, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and the United Methodist Church. However, in practice, polity, pastoral leadership, and membership, the church has long been UCC-connected, and only nominally connected to the other two. The church donates to the mission funds of all three denominations.

Island United Church is Open & Affirming of all persons, and is diverse in ethnicity for its small size. It is dedicated in local mission to advocacy for children. A primary vehicle for this is a Montessori preschool on the property which was started by the church and is highly regarded in the community. In the last two years the church conducted a successful campaign, surpassing their goal of $100,000 to create a more inviting worship environment. We have a small, dedicated choir, and a gifted classical music director. Our cadre of volunteer lay leadership is hard-working.

The congregation is open to changes in Sunday worship. The church values creativity and intelligent preaching. Our small church can offer a minister-in-traiing opportunities in a range of pastoral duties: 

  • preaching
  • other roles in worship design and leadership, including special liturgies,
  • small group leadership
  • calling on the homebound or ill as time and opportunity permit,
  • and community outreach.
Thankfully, the church has few meetings(!). However, our student would be invited and expected to attend at least some of them to learn the administrative functions of our church and school.
At present, the preschool is our largest community outreach and any and all ideas to strengthen the church-school-community relationship are welcome. If the student desires some specific involvement with the school, that can be arranged. As the church owns a large vacant lot next door, some conversation has begun with persons interested in starting a community garden there. If it goes forward, this would undoubtedly involve working with the City of Foster City, and an interested student is welcome to participate here, too.
Our pastor, Rev. Carol Barriger, is new to IUC but experienced in parish ministry (20+ years) in the United Church of Christ, teaching at PSR, and in supervising and encouraging student interns. Our executive board enthusiastically embraced the proposal to seek out a field education student. We would love to hear from you if you are interested or have more questions.
Monthly stipend: $500
Car required?: Yes 

Rev. Carol Barriger, Pastor
Island United Church
1130 Balclutha Drive Foster City, CA 94404

Open Door United Methodist Church

Open Door UMC is a small, progressive UMC congregation. Student will participate in the ongoing merger of two congregations. Student will engage in worship leadership, community development, and faith formation of the community.

Stipend: $2000/semester
Car Required: Yes (preferred)

6226 Arlington Blvd.
Richmond, CA 94805 


Brian Adkins, Pastor

Northbrae Community Church, Berkeley

Opportunities Supported:

I would be especially interested in working with students who have an interest in learning about and dialoguing with Muslim communities and Muslim clergy in the East Bay. Alternatively, for students who might want to focus on community organizing and activism I believe I could provide support here as well.  I was the director of a non-profit for several years in RI that did a number of different kinds of advocacy, mostly legal and affordable housing related. I have had a lesser but still significant degree of experience in advocacy work related to incarceration, and have had more opportunities for this since arriving in CA. The current seminarian I am supervising is working on an East Bay resource guide for parolees for his field ed project. I have a good bit of experience overall in community organizing and civil rights advocacy, and would welcome any motivated seminarian's lead in identifying other related advocacy areas where I could support her/his interests. Last, there would be opportunities for preaching, teaching, and especially youth work, as we have a small but growing and active youth group.

Background and Learning Opportunity for Field Ed. Student

Minister's Background: I am relatively new to Berkeley having moved here about a year and a half ago from Rhode Island to be the minister at Northbrae Community Church. I'm currently an adjunct professor at ABSW, and joined the BOCA board last May. I'm currently supervising a seminarian until June 1st. I'm a GTU alumnus (MA '92), and previously I adjunct taught for ABSW for about five years while teaching in the Religious Studies department at UC Davis until 2001. Between 2001-13 I was employed at Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design and worked closely with the Muslim community while teaching introduction to Islam courses to undergraduates. I have taught in the Abrahamic traditions for almost 20 years. My specializations are Christian origins, NT, Hellenistic Judaism, Greco-Roman philosophies. 
Monthly Stipend: none
Car required? Yes 

Rev. Michael Burch
401-595-7594 (cell)

Good Samaritan UMC, Cupertino

Good Samaritan UMC is a multicultural congregation in the heart of the Silicon Valley. We are a reconciling congregation. Mandarin speaking Chinese and a variety of ethnicities, primarily European-American make up the congregation. On Sunday there is a 9am English language Service, followed by an 11am Mandarin language service then a 1:30pm Korean Language service. Twice as year we have a combined service.

The congregation consists of high tech workers, managers, teachers, retired persons and more. We are an intergenerational congregation.

Good Samaritan has many outreach ministries, a number of small groups and a very active youth group.

We have a number of dedicated Sunday School teachers. Our congregation is looking to grow the children’s ministry through curriculum development, recruiting and training children’s workers and being involved in the community.

For more information, please contact Rev. Dr. Dale M. Weatherspoon, senior pastor

Monthly Stipend: $400
Car required? Yes

Good Samaritan United Methodist Church
19624 Homestead Road
Cupertino, CA 95014
(408) 253-0751


Rev. Dale Weatherspoon, Senior Pastor


Mira Vista UCC, El Cerrito

Mira Vista United Church of Christ is a small but lively, proudly open and affirming church serving El Cerrito, CA and environs. The congregation is at an interesting stage of life having sold its large campus in 2005 to free itself from the bondage of property management. In September of 2014, Rev. Dr. Melinda V. McLain was called as a Designated Term Minister for a three-year term to assist the congregation in determining whether they might want to go into a different space and/or radically rethink their ministry. Mira Vista has also recently hired two new musicians to lead and support the Amazing Graces, their unique and wonderful women's choir. The congregation currently worships at 12 noon in the sanctuary of Christ Lutheran Church at 780 Ashbury Avenue. Every service of preaching and music is followed by La Mesa, a time of table conversations and the ministry of shared food.

Mira Vista Church is exceptionally generous and decided at the time of the sale of the property to give 15% to social justice and 15% to the United Church of Christ. The Social Action Team also recently gave $2,500 gifts to help ten pastors reduce the debt from seminary education.

Mira Vista also gives of their time in the community, serving at the GRIP Souper Center and ReBuilding in Richmond. One of the 90-year-olds knitted over 100 caps for the homeless this past year! Everyone does their part in this giving community.

This congregation has a long history of supporting field ed students and is experienced in offering mentorship from the laity as well as from the clergy mentor. A student coming to Mira Vista for the 2015-2016 school year will have the opportunity to learn about congregations in transition, redevelopment / new church starts, evangelism in a progressive church, and first-rate blended worship alongside the normal pastoral skills of preaching, teaching, and pastoral care.

Check us out on the web: follow us on Twitter: @miravistaucc and like on Facebook: Mira Vista United Church of Christ. People love us on Yelp! You may subscribe to our weekly devotional and monthly newsletter by sending an email to: melinda[at]miravistaucc[dot]org or through the website.

Monthly Stipend: $625
Car Required?: No (but helpful)

780 Ashbury Avenue
El Cerrito, CA 94530


Rev. Dr. Melinda V. McLain
Pastor (Designated Term Minister)

Hillcrest Congregational Church, UCC

Field Placement with Special Emphasis on our Social Ministry populations and programs

We are an open and affirming Congregation of 240 in central Contra Costa County, approximately 15 miles from Berkeley, in our seventh decade of ministry. We have a history of 'cutting edge' programming in our area: on-campus social ministry, begun in the 1950's, has doubled its capacity in the last 5 years; interfaith work and collaboration; a practicing zendo on campus, in a city with no houses of worship other than Christian; an "Eldering Ministry" program which promotes and supports the creative aging process of sage-ing. We are ever interested in new and effective ways to meet the spiritual and social needs of our community.

We are seeking a Minister in Training who has strong interest not only in engaging in the worship life and mission of our congregation but also in engaging the non-church and neighboring communities as they access our church's social outreach programs. Our outreach programs include fully volunteer-run (by members and friends of Hillcrest) social service ministries: our community food pantry and clothing room (both of which are open M-W-F mornings), as well as a layette program (distributed through County social workers). Last year our programs served well over 2,000 people, most of whom came to our campus and many of whom speak primarily Spanish. Our outreach programs also include an established Facebook page, as well as lay-led discussion regarding other social media.

The Minister in Training we seek will engage and connect with those who come to utilize our social service ministry programs and will work to enhance contact through social media. Particular responsibilities will include direct engagement with program recipients through conversation, informal counseling, and/or educational programs to address spiritual, social and community needs. The MIT will also make use of social media to present our programs and message to the broader community.

The scope of responsibilities and expectations will be determined by the MIT and our Senior Minister based on the particular interest/skills of applicant and the requirements of PSR. Conversational Spanish is a must, as is availability on at least one weekday morning/week, and familiarity with social media.

Monthly Stipend: $500+
Car required?: Yes
(Highly recommended, as Hillcrest's location is NOT convenient to the Pleasant Hill Bart Station. That said, most of the in-person activity is on-campus.)

404 Gregory Lane
Pleasant Hill, CA


Rev. Fred Weidmann, Senior Minister

First Congregational UCC, Santa Rosa, CA

First Congregational became Open and Affirming in 1995 and has a long history of being a welcoming, accepting and affirming congregation. Seventy to eighty people join us in worship each Sunday and our Adult Formation ministry, "Open Door: Interfaith Zen," draws up to 30 people each week to its programs (Weekly Meditation, Book Studies and Bible Study).

We are a church interested in the changes that are coming our way and in developing intergenerational models for ministry. The church is currently exploring what it means to be a church in Northern California in the 21st Century. With our pastor we are exploring a Christian/Interfaith identity that speaks to the spiritual needs of our members, friends and neighbors. As we reach out to the community of Santa Rosa, we find that increasingly we are called to be a "faith-based community" with significant missional outreach into the Santa Rosa Community.

Our pastor, your mentor, David Parks-Ramage, has 33 years of experience in parish ministry, having served in churches across the United Church of Christ (Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and California). He has mentored 4 students over the last ten years. His mentoring style is one in which he provides you maximum freedom within the church organization and program to develop your style of ministry. He is also comfortable with your leadership in the church, respecting your input and cherishing your gifts.

The staff of the church includes a Director of Spiritual Formation for Youth and Children, a Director of Music (position currently empty, to be filled by September 2015) and a part-time Office Manager.

Finally, we are a church seeking to keep up with the societal and cultural changes all around us. We look forward to a Minister in Training who can help us stay current and who is eager to learn what it is to serve a church that never stops changing.

Monthly Stipend: $400
Car Required: Yes

2000 Humboldt Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95404


David Parks-Ramage, Pastor