Grace, peace and love to you from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another (John 13:35). For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him (John 3:17). San Francisco Community Fellowship is a Christian evangelical denomination of Grace Communion International. We are here to help you grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, while providing friendship, and a spiritual family that we all need.
God loves all of his creations. He loves you and wants you to be encouraged while living your life to it’s fullest (John 10:10). He wants to let you know that he is always here for you, and that you have a spiritual family in him. Join us as we live and share the love and gospel of Jesus Christ. We have weekly Services on Sunday at 11:30 AM, followed by potluck lunch immediately after the service. Our weekly Wednesday Bible Study starts at 6:00 PM for 1 hour, and Food Pantry serving over 300 people in our community every Saturday at 11:00 AM. We are Bible based and put Jesus’ biblical teachings ahead of traditions. We are committed to teaching the truth of God as recorded in Scriptures of the Holy Bible. You are invited to our weekly service where we pray, praise and encourage one another towards love and good deeds. We currently meet at 1195 Geneva Ave, San Francisco, CA 94112. It is located at the corner of Geneva Ave. and Naples St, six short blocks from Mission St. You are welcome to visit us anytime. You can contact us by phone 415-333-SFCF (7323) or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit in Christ Jesus.
Pastor Richard and Renee Roberts
The original SFCF members picture taken December 6, 1998 from left to right - Kelsey, Cecille, Anabel, Rose, Chelsey in yellow, Renee & Richard
San Francisco Community Fellowship (SFCF) is a Christian Church that started or was planted as a House Church, and had its first Sunday Worship Service December 6, 1998 in the San Francisco Bay Area. We are part of a Christian denomination - Grace Communion International, which has more than 30,000 members, worshiping in about 550 Churches in 70 countries. Grace Communion International (GCI) began in 1934 and has their main office in Charlotte, North Carolina. In the United States, we are members of the National Association of Evangelicals and have similar organizations in other nations.
The San Francisco Community Fellowship meets 11:30 A. M. every Sunday for worship service at 1195 Geneva Ave. San Francisco, CA 94112 located in a corner building at Naples St. and Geneva Ave. Below is the short story taken from Odyssey Magazine of how our local church was planted.
God Brought My Heart to San Francisco
I came to live in the USA from Trinidad and Tobago in 1975. My wife, Renee, is from the Philippines. We are US Military Veterans and met in 1981 in New London, Connecticut while both attending military school in the United States Coast Guard. One year later we were married in Brooklyn, NY and was both reassigned to California in 1985. We have been out of the military now for quite some time, and I currently work as an Senior Information Technology Specialist supporting a Federal Government computer network systems in Oakland, California. My wife has retired from the Department of Homeland Security (U. S. Coast Guard), and we currently live in San Francisco, California where we moved to for the purpose of planting a church.
I don’t think it was just my idea. I believe God chose it for me, and I just followed what he put in my heart to do. I attended the local GCI (then WCG) congregation, but I began to see that something more was needed in our area. I read an article in our church magazine about the need to start new churches in our communities. In 1997 our church participated in the San Francisco and Oakland Billy Graham crusades. It was then that I realized that these new believers coming out of these crusades needed places to meet and worship if they were to continue to learn about and grow in Jesus. Traditional and established churches might not have what they needed. They needed an environment where they felt comfortable. Like Isaiah, I said, “Here I am. Send me! Please send me!” I went to bed thinking about it. I woke up thinking about it. It was something I had to do.
I had no experience in doing something like this, but I decided to trust God to give me what I needed. I had always enjoyed teaching new Christians and non-Christians about Jesus. There was so much that I wanted to share.
Now, when people ask me what you need to plant a church, I tell them that the most important thing is love. Love for God and love for people. Jesus said, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:35). People are attracted to love. Love breaks barriers between culture and languages. It’s amazing to watch our diverse group in San Francisco praying together, each in his or her first language, reading together from different language parallel Bible translations, and fellowshipping, eating and serving God together as one Body.
On December 6, 1998, we held our first house church service with seven people: my wife, my daughter, her husband and their daughter, and my two nieces on my wife side. The first few years were a struggle. We had some Coast Guard military people attend, but some of them have transferred out. At times there were only three of us. I remembered the parable Jesus told about being faithful in a few things. I suppose it might be easier to be faithful in big things and large numbers. But could we be faithful in small things with the same enthusiasm? Paul’s words to Timothy, “Preach the word [of God]…in season and out of season” (2 Timothy 4:2) were encouraging. The Scriptures lifted me up, energized and kept me going, so I stood up and preached to three like I was preaching to 20.
Today we have 50 on the rolls, with a regular attendance of 25 to40, and the numbers continue to increase. We know God will keep it growing as he sees fit. Our job is to be faithful, whatever the numbers.
When the church outgrew our home, we prayed for wisdom in finding a new place to meet. We believe God answered our prayers with a commercial corner building, close to many bus lines, public transportation, easy freeway access, a half-mile from our home. We meet every Sunday at 11:30 a.m., and after the service we have lunch together, get to know one another better, talk about the week and encourage one another. We are never in a hurry to go home.
My wife and I enjoy meeting people of different races and culture. We want to reach out to everyone—rich, poor, all races, all cultures. Our neighborhood is the ideal place for that, and we believe it’s where God wants us to be.
When it comes to growing a church, we have learned that people respond best to a simple, personal invitation. You get to know people, and when the time is right, you invite them to come to church with you. It’s that easy. Over the years we have distributed a lot of flyers in our community, but all of our new members began attending by a personal invitation, not by reading a flyer. Three years ago we started a Food Pantry serving food every Saturday morning to 300+ people in our community. Many of our volunteers live in the community and some started attending church with us.
If I were to do this all over again, I would do it a little sooner, without hesitation. I knew this was of God before I started doing it, but I was actually discouraged from it by some people, whom I am sure meant well. But knowing what I know now, I would definitely have gotten started much sooner than I did.
Of course, reaching out in love is not just for new churches—it can happen in any church. But there is a need for new churches in places we don’t have them. I found that planting a church is hard work and it takes time, but I have always felt God there beside me, encouraging me, giving me peace of mind, and filling me with joy as he works through me to open doors to people’s hearts.
In the summer of 1992, I was led to start a church at work on a military base when the chaplains were reluctant to lead regular worship. I took over and held a weekly lunchtime Bible study and a worship service every three months while doing my regular computer support job. Little did I realize it was all in preparation for planting a church in our denomination.
Today, when Renee and I see new people come to really know for the first time how much God loves them, we are renewed with joy, and we know that this journey has been worth every obstacle and hardship. It is so exciting to have the privilege to show new believers what the Bible really says about their life and their future, and to watch as God draws them to him.
I would never have known this joy if I had not followed what God put in my heart to do. You know, if you plant a tree in a place where it’s really needed, you will enjoy watching it grow. And that is how I’ve found it to be with planting a church.
If you’re ever in San Francisco, we’d love to have you come by and visit and be a part of what our Lord Jesus is doing in our area. May you be richly blessed by our Lord Jesus.
San Francisco Community Fellowship
1195 Geneva Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94112