ALL are welcome here...
Whether checking things out or exploring what faith means, you’re welcome here. We’re from different experiences; faith backgrounds or none, hurt by the church or reacquainted with faith. We’re progressive and traditional, young families, aging adults, play-filled kids, local & around the bay, radically inclusive, vulnerable, discovering & open. We promote equality of all people, inclusive of race, gender identities, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental ability, nationality or socio-economic status.
Worship in God's presence through the sounds of children, interactive prayer and rituals, and moments of quiet and stillness while sitting in a beautiful sanctuary filled with stained glass windows while sipping freshly brewed coffee.
Experience music through traditional hymns as well as contemporary songs.
Children may participate in Sunday lessons or hang out in the sanctuary.
We use words and images in worship that welcome all, without barrier or pain.
We use the range of scriptural & traditional language, reflecting God’s diversity as feminine, masculine, powerful and vulnerable.
We honor the integrity of the cultural language of oppressed people groups, though we may find it unsettling.
We read in scripture of ancient Israel, and not today’s Jewish state.
We seek to imitate Christ’s language of peace and equality, amidst oppressive, patriarchal culture reflected in the Bible.
We speak of inclusion, deliverance and justice for all persons.
Theresa Cho grew up in Reno, Nevada amid the casino lights, Sierra Nevada mountains, and vast desert land. She balances her life as a co-pastor with subverting her husband’s diet with baked goods, cheering on her son at soccer games, delighting in her daughter’s unique displays of being herself, and dutifully obeying her dog’s daily demands of being walked, petted, and adored.
She graduated from McCormick Theological Seminary and received her Doctor of Ministry degree at Fuller Theological Seminary, focusing on leading congregational change. She also volunteers as a baby cuddler and member of the Professional Advisory Group for Spiritual Care Services at UCSF Medical Center.
John Anderson came to St. John’s in December of 1991, after serving in youth ministry, pastorates in Minneapolis, and as a chaplain in a Scottish boarding school. He pursued his Doctor of Ministry focusing on the need within our success-driven culture for adults to journey spiritually with attitudes of the freedom to fail, creativity, surprise, humor, wonder, self-expression, imagination, questioning, vulnerability and discovery.
He and his life partner, Nancy McEvers Anderson, have been married since 1973 and have three grown sons, and two granddaughters. He enjoys cycling, skiing, hiking, historical novels and film.
Karen Carle Irwin, Music Director
Mezzo-soprano Karen Carle Irwin grew up in Stockton, California, and graduated from Pacific Union College with a degree in Music Education, and obtained a Master’s Degree from San Francisco Conservatory of Music in Vocal Performance. As a performer, she has appeared in many oratorios, including Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Magnificat, Verdi’s Requiem, Mozart’s Mass in C-minor, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, and Copland’s In The Beginning, singing with the San Francisco City Chorus, Berkeley Community Chorus, Soli Deo Glori, Quire Quodlibet, and the Community Music Center Orchestra and Chorus. Karen has sung leading and supporting roles with many Bay Area opera companies, including West Bay Opera, Sacramento Opera, Pocket Opera, Mendocino Music Festival, and Bear Valley Music Festival.