Why I Invest

“Sandy and I GIVE to the Annual Stewardship Campaign to support our Church’s present, daily ministries so our Community of Jesus followers can grow and learn and serve and witness to God’s presence in our lives and in the world.

We also want to INVEST in the future through the 1869 Fund and the Doors of Opportunity campaign, like the now ‘silent saints’ whose ‘provision‘ for the future has given us this marvelous place to worship, learn, serve and share.  We want to participate in providing for those following as has been provided for us.” -Gordy and Sandy Hess


“There are so many in need here in our community therefore contributing to this campaign will insure that those needs are met. First Presbyterian is a center for outreach to those less fortunate neighbors and expanding this center will be a blessing to them and many more in the future!” -Yvonne and Dave Bazinet




give to the annual stewardship campaign in joyful support of our daily life in faith together. I invest in the Doors of Opportunity campaign, above and beyond my stewardship gift, in response to a call to do more in recognition of our 150th anniversary. The needed repairs and improvements to our house of worship as well as the new and expanded community mission programs provide an opportunity to build on all that our church has meant to this community and a promise to continue that tradition of faith into the future. – Tamara Skov




I Corinthians 3:9 — Paul states “we are God’s servants, working together”; this is “Why I Invest” in the Doors of Opportunity Campaign. First Presbyterian Church challenges us to grow in our faith and following Jesus’ example to serve, love and pray for others. Now our church needs repairs and TLC which it hasn’t had for many years. Additionally to serve, help and love others we need to dialogue with Santa Barbara religious groups and join together to reach some of the need of our members and our city. -Mary and Fred Marsh

The Doors of Opportunity campaign has something for everyone and recognizes that the church facility is used in many ways.  For us, the church is more than just our place of worship – Preslee attends the ECC every day and Madison’s girl scout troop meets in our newly refurbished youth lounge.  Because of this different perspective, we can see how the downstairs parking lot entrance to the church is used by a huge section of our community and it does not reflect the welcoming, nurturing community of our church.  We are excited about the focus on making this entrance inviting, safer and a reflection of the warmth of our church and our faith. -Michelle and Chris Martinich