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Welcome to Northminster

A joyous welcome to the website of Northminster Presbyterian Church in Sacramento, CA. We are located on Pope Avenue just behind Del Paso Country Club. Here you will find a warm and welcoming home to discover and re-discover the truths of the Christian faith. On this website you will find out more about who we are, when and how we worship and the many ministries and programs of the life of this church. Just check the pages and links for more information.

Northminster is a wonderful community of those who seek to grow in their faith and to serve people in our community as well as the world. We want you to know this is a great place in which you can find ways to reach out and serve others.

It is also a great place to grow deeper in your faith and understanding of God's Word and will for your life. We welcome those with questions and want to be a part of your journey in faith. We might not have all the answers but we know the One who does.

We are “a small church with a big heart” which seeks to serve God and neighbor through music, worship, education, mission and a lot more. Our doors and hearts are always open to you.

Whether you are new to the faith or a long time believer, come, join us, as we seek to be the people of Jesus Christ in this family of faith.

The Story of Northminster

Northminster Presbyterian Church began its journey on October 29, 1954 when a small group gathered to discuss the organization of a Town and Country area Presbyterian Church. That group later quickly called Rev. Robert N. McLean, Jr. (the upper right photo) to be their pastor. The name of the church at that time was Town and Country Presbyterian Church. The church's present name was adopted on November 20, 1955 at the Service of Organization where the future home of the church, 3235 Pope Avenue was announced.

The church's first worship space was a rental home (see the upper left photo) used for Sunday worship as well as children's, youth, and adult classes. The church grew quickly, the present property was purchased and the first phase of the campus was built (see the lower left picture). In 1966 the campus was expanded with a new larger sanctuary to minister to a growing congregation (lower right picture). Fellowship remained the heart of Northminster from the intimate community inside the rental house to the numerous Marinership Groups hosted at several homes across Arden-Arcade as the church grew, and several affinity groups that connect people in shared passions like the Mellow Milers and the Sewing and Looming groups.

Throughout Northminster's history the church has served its community, leading in ministries like the Brown Bag ministry, which offers grocery resources, partnership with Dyer-Kelly Elementary School to resource families and teachers alike with school supplies, participating in TESOL programs, and supporting missioners in cross-cultural labors. At one time Northminster also owned and operated a large family campground as a way to offer a resource of rest and spiritual refreshment. As you visit Northminster, you will meet a church family with a wonderful history of fellowship, service, and worship. We look forward to meeting you soon!

Church Mission Statement

The Mission Statement of Northminster Presbyterian Church is to honor God by leading people to faith in Jesus Christ. We strive through worship, music, education and mission outreach to:

  • Teach the truth and authority of the Bible;
  • Encourage and strengthen all people in believing Jesus Christ is the way to our salvation;
  • Invite and welcome others into the fellowship of Christ's family;
  • Serve our community and the world by reaching out to those in need;
  • Work with people of other faiths and cultures for understanding and for the common good.

Meet The Northminster Team


Financial Secretary

Clint Murphy


Alex  Grambow

Choir & Bells Director

Shirly Wright

Sound Engineer

Mary Balkow

Orchestra Conductor

aiden brown

Media Assistant

Debbie Smith

Office Manager

Rev. Dr. Tony Stiff

Interim Pastor