The First Church in Pismo Beach
Founded in 1924
We are a welcoming Presbyterian Church (USA) congregation located in Pismo Beach, California. Pastor Bob Crouch has served this church since 2001, and he leads worship each Sunday at 10:00 AM. Our services incorporate progressive, Reformed theology within a traditional Protestant worship service centered on scripture and classic hymns. We seek to uplift all people, including LGBTQ+ individuals and members of other historically marginalized communities. In doing so, we recognize that Faith is not static, and we welcome people at every stage in their journey.
Prior to arriving in Pismo Beach, Pastor Bob Crouch served churches in Encino, Los Angeles, and Santa Monica, CA. He has also worked in New York City on the national staff of the Presbyterian Church (USA). His education includes a B.A. in Sociology from UCLA, a M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary, and a M.A. in Religion from Claremont Graduate University. Our congregation is a member of the Presbyterian Church (USA), and Pastor Bob leads the congregation alongside the popularly-elected Session according to Presbyterian polity.
As a PC(USA) congregation, our services are guided by the tenets of Reformed Christianity outlined in the Book of Order. We adhere to a traditional worship style, with organ-accompanied hymns and scripture lessons building up to a central weekly sermon. Our theological position aligns with the interpretation of God's Word shared in the Book of Confessions. We believe that Jesus Christ's message of divine love was sent for everyone, without exceptions.
Pastor Bob (center) serving as Rev. Martin Luther King Sr.'s assistant as a San Francisco Theological Seminary student.
Will Sperling with our historic bell.
Rev. Arrington at the groundbreaking in 1924.
A stained glass image of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane from our sanctuary.
As we approach our centennial anniversary, we look forward to the next 100 years of our ministry in Pismo Beach.