Season of Transition

The Rev. Dr. Charles Svendsen has been selected by your IPNC and Session to be the Interim Pastor for First Presbyterian Church Santa Barbara beginning July 1. The IPNC is grateful for God’s faithfulness and the congregation’s willingness to wait on God’s timing.

This will be Dr. Svendsen’s twenty-fourth interim position bringing with him a great amount of experience. He will help First Pres. get ready for a new pastor and to work with the congregation to make sure it is flourishing spiritually and in practice.

Svendsen has a Master of Divinity from Westminster Seminary, Master of Theology from Princeton Seminary, and a doctorate from Union Presbyterian Seminary.

Your IPNC is full of gratitude for God’s bringing Charles Svendsen to our church. He is a warm, inviting, and deeply prayerful pastor who will skillfully shepherd our congregation through this season of transition. We are excited for the possibilities and opportunities in the months ahead.

Please see the 2019 Mission Study here.