In 1961, after a couple years of organized Bible studies and meetings in Yuba City, St. Andrew Presbyterian Church was officially chartered with 199 members by the Presbytery of Sacramento with the support and encouragement of First Presbyterian Church in Marysville. The Rev. Bruce Crawford was the organizing pastor and served as pastor through 1965. He was followed by the Rev. Lewis Turner (1966-69), the Rev. Adrian Olsen (1970-77), the Rev. Chris Kersting (1978-2012), and the Rev. Garrett Andrew (2014-present). Associate pastors have been the Rev. Matt Overton (2006-2010) and the Rev. Hayes Noble (2011-present).
From its beginnings St. Andrew has been a church committed to mission in the local community and throughout the world. Soon after being organized as a church, St. Andrew was involved in ministry with migrant families living in local migrant camps. That ministry led to further involvement with local needs. The community food closet known as Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard was organized in 1963 and has been serving hungry families ever since. St. Andrew banded with six other local churches to establish Christian Assistance network in the 1980’s. Through volunteer work of members of the church and mission money, St. Andrew has been instrumental in the creation and continued ministry of Casa de Esperanza (for victims of domestic violence), Habitat for Humanity, Hands of Hope (homeless ministry), Disaster Relief Interfaith (following floods in 1986 and 1997), Regional Emergency Shelter Team (for homeless families), and River Bottoms Ministry, and has been supportive of numerous other local mission endeavors including Relay for Life and Pink October. St. Andrew has led annual summer mission trips for youth for over 30 years and annual Mexico Mission trips for over 25 years.
Worship has always been the heartbeat of St. Andrew. Music has played a vital part of the worship at St. Andrew. Since the early 1970’s St. Andrew has included both contemporary and traditional music as part of its weekly worship. Organ, piano, guitars, trumpets, hand bells, violins, flutes, and drums have long been accepted instruments to help us praise our Lord. Our choir was started in the early days of the church and continues to provide quality choral music every Sunday. Our contemporary Praise Band can trace its roots back to the late 1960’s when some of the music for worship was provided by “The Sunday Morning” acoustic guitar and singing group. For over 25 years the youth of the church have presented an annual youth musical which has included locally written musicals as well as timeless Broadway productions like Godspell and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
As the membership of St. Andrew has grown, so has the ministry and the buildings. The original building which is now the Youth Center was built in 1963. The office portion and Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard portion was constructed in 1986 and the current sanctuary and Ministry Center was opened in 2001.
For over 50 years, St. Andrew Presbyterian has been a church that is “seeking and growing while loving and serving.”
Session, or the governing body of the church is made up of ordained ruling elders who are the lay leaders of their ministry teams & typically serve for a 3 year term.
Current Ministry Teams include:
The Deacons of St. Andrew are called by God and elected by the congregation to serve as the care givers of the members of the church. Mission statement: The Deacons of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church are committed as Christians to loving God and serving the church body by:
Deacon services include home or hospital visits, meals for those going through a difficult time, Fellowship of James repair and errand services, Communion preparation, memorial service receptions, prayer chain coordination, providing sermon tapes for shut-ins, cards and flowers.