About

About

Mission / Congregational Covenant

St. Andrew is committed to the belief that the Holy Spirit brings men, women and children of all races together as brothers and sisters united in the family of Jesus Christ.

As a multi-cultural congregation, our purpose is to model unity in diversity as we worship God, serve one another, and share with others the transforming love of Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit. As the body of Christ we covenant to:

  • Prayerfully discern the will of God in all aspects of congregational life
  • Welcome all who God may bring, mutually sharing in the gifts of our uniqueness
  • Value all members equally
  • Encourage and celebrate all various points of view with respect, kindness and love
  • Actively participate in the life of the congregation through worship, service and financial
    stewardship
  • Strive towards peace and social justice
  • Practice the spiritual disciplines of prayer and service in our personal lives

Brief history of St. Andrew

Our roots go back to World War II, when temporary housing was created for workers who came from all over the United States to work at the immense shipyards of Sausalito, CA. What began as Marin City Community Church – founded as an inter-racial congregation uniting a diverse group of Christians in worship and prayer, and meeting at the local community center – became the First Presbyterian Church in January 1956.

Under the leadership of the first-called pastor, Rev. Don Schilling, a new name was adopted by the congregation on May 21, 1963 – St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, named for the only one of the twelve disciples who is known to have visited Africa as a missionary.

The first church building was completed on December 21, 1965; it remained at the entrance to the community until 1995, when it was razed to make way for the Marin City USA Community Redevelopment. During those transitional three decades, four pastors were called to serve St. Andrew: Rev. Jim Simmons (co-pastor with Rev. Don Schilling); Rev. Jesse Travilion; Rev. James Noel; and Rev. Harrell Davis.

The congregation worshipped at the Marin City Senior Center for three years following the demolition of the original church building. During that time, Rev. Veronica Goines began her ministry at St. Andrew on December 1, 1995, and was installed as its pastor on November 24, 1996. On Sunday, September 13, 1998, Rev. Goines led the worship service dedicating the new church facility, again located at the new entrance to Marin City.

Marching to the new St. Andrew July 19, 1998