warren l. dale
Warren’s church life included a variety of churches from evangelical ones in his early years to the Methodist church in high school. In 1965 he was called to the ministry and attended Pacific School of Religion where he earned his Master of Divinity degree and was ordained an elder in the United Methodist Church.
Warren earned his undergraduate degree at the California Maritime Academy after which he sailed in the merchant marine until attending seminary. Warren served two churches before returning to school and earning a second Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. With his license in marriage and family therapy, Warren focused on counseling with trauma induced issues. During the Bosnian War, he made many trips to the Balkans to train local groups in trauma recovery. Doing similar work, he has worked in several areas of the world after natural and human caused disasters. In recent years he served two churches as a part time pastor.
Warren’s wife, Georgi, was elected to the Redwood City Council in 1986 and served on the Council for 11 years, two of them as mayor. She served as executive director of the San Mateo County Community College Foundation and the Redwood City Library Foundation. Today, she serves on the boards of several environmental non-profits.
Warren and Georgi have been married 26 years.
Kathie is the first face you’ll see when you walk into the First Church offices. As Executive Director, Kathie helps the church carry out its mission in the community, while also performing much of the administration that keeps the church running from day to day. Kathie loves to build relationships with nonprofit organizations and community leaders in and around Redwood City. She also helps First Church stay connected to the Northern California Nevada Conference of the UCC. Kathie has a background in marketing and operations, and she has been involved with First Church for two decades. She and her husband Larry live in Redwood City.
Minister for Music
Peter is a graduate of Oberlin College, and he has been involved in the Bay Area music scene for the last ten years. As Minister for Music, Peter helps to create an accessible, uplifting worship atmosphere. He loves incorporating music that is both traditional and innovative. Peter has experience performing in a variety of styles, from classical to salsa to jazz (his own group is the Golden Gate Jazz Trio).
Who we are
First Church is a friendly, growing community of passion and purpose where all are welcome.
First Church is over 150 years old, but our thinking is not. We honor our rich history by working for justice and seeking new ways to connect with God.
In 2007, we became “Open and Affirming,” intentionally welcoming people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
That same year, we sold our building. We now worship, meet, and host non-profit groups in a converted office building which we occupy full-time.
We are children and grandparents, lifelong residents of Redwood City and newcomers to the area.
We share meals, learn from Guest Speakers, and give back through service projects and special offerings to our Community Partners.
We believe in a still-speaking God, who is doing “a new thing” in our midst (Isaiah 43).
Our Mission Statement calls us…
- To love God with our whole being.
- To nurture ourselves and others in spiritual growth.
- To live God’s love in service to the community and the world.
Faith, in Redwood City
Some of our Community Partners include:
- Casa de Redwood
- Faith in Action Bay Area
- FLY (Fresh Lifelines for Youth)
- Healthy Cities Tutoring
- Hillcrest Juvenile Detention Center
- Hoover Community School
- Northern California Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ
- Pacific School of Religion
- Puente de la Costa Sur
- Redwood City Education Foundation
- Redwood City Library Foundation
- Redwood City Parks & Arts Foundation
- Redwood City 2020
- SpiritCare Ministry to Seniors
- Second Harvest
- Sequoia Adult School Scholars
- Sequoia YMCA
Through our “Faith In” ministry, we support organizations that work for justice in and around Redwood City. Each year, we invite leaders from various groups and nonprofits to share with us about their work. The congregation then identifies the organizations that we feel called to support as our Community Partners during the upcoming year. Sharing out of our abundance, we give away almost $100,000 each year to support local groups and nonprofits.