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“For I was hungry and you gave me food.” Matt. 25:35

Saturday, February 1

The Presbytery of Santa Barbara


Presbytery of Santa Barbara Baptismal Tatoo



Baptismal Tattoo


Photo by Jan Armstrong


The Presbytery of Santa Barbara is the mission agency of the churches of Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo counties. The presbytery has committed considerable energy and financial resources to develop ministry designed to encourage college youth. We also are actively recruiting young people with church-planting skills to move into leadership.

Front Porch University Ministry Center is a two-year-old, $5 million residence hall and ministry center at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Rev. Joel Drenkpohl leads our effort there to bring a community of biblical truth, healing, and redemption to the university. Ministry leaders are deeply concerned about the binge drinking common in the party culture of many university communities and have made great inroads in rescuing students approaching alcoholism. Pray for Joel and his family as he leads this effort.

Impact is our program to send youth on short-term mission teams overseas. In 2013 Bree Minifee, our coordinator, oversaw 54 youth in six teams in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Romania, Ukraine, Brazil, and Honduras. Pray for Bree and the leadership as they continue to plan, go, and minister.

Three young pastors, all under 40, are involved in starting new worshiping communities. Aided by Dr. Craig Williams, the western regional church development consultant, and the staff of the presbytery, good things are happening.

The Presbytery of Santa Barbara is home to 7,586 members of 31 congregations and three new worshiping communities.

Dr. Jan Armstrong, executive presbyter

Let us join in prayer for:

Presbytery Staff
Dr. Jan Armstrong, executive presbyter
Elder Michelle Holmes, stated clerk

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Sherry Britton, PMA
Mindy Broad, BOP
William Brock Jr., OGA

Let us pray

Dear Lord, we pray for the young leaders you are raising up to minister in our land. We pray for the Timothys and Lydias and their energetic ministry of proclamation and evangelism. Be with Joel Drenkpohl, Bree Minifee, and Em Blattner in their work and ministry. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 122; 149
First Reading Genesis 18:1-16
Second Reading Hebrews 10:26-39
Gospel Reading John 6:16-27
Evening Psalms 100; 63

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