Who We Are

It is our joy to welcome you to Calvary Presbyterian Church where people gather as a faith community to worship God, learn from Jesus’ teaching, be nurtured in their faith walk, encourage one another, serve others in the name of Christ, and share the Good News with the world. 


We are in an urban setting in downtown Riverside and are challenged by the great need in our community. We are family-oriented with many generations who love to come together and celebrate our love for the Lord. Our denominational affiliation is the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the regional Riverside Presbytery. 


We are Christ-followers and seekers who are mission-driven; striving to live out the Gospel in our everyday lives. Our people donate time and resources work with the homeless, volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and other local and national missions. We feel called to help those in need, to encourage them, to feed and clothe them and invite them into fellowship with other Christians, who are engaged in fellowship groups and Bible studies to grow our faith. 


We would love to meet you in worship or Sunday school or at one of our events. Please look through these pages and find out about us. We have been in downtown Riverside since 1887, growing and learning together. Come and visit us, we want to welcome you! 

 

Pastor Alfred Graise & Pastor Erin Thomas

Co-Pastors

meet our co-pastors

CALVARY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IMPLEMENTED A CO-PASTOR MODEL IN JUNE 2015 BELIEVING THAT

SHARED MINISTRY IS A MORE EFFECTIVE MODEL FOR THIS TIME IN THE LIFE OF THE CHURCH.

PASTOR ALFRED AND PASTOR ERIN HAVE SHARED AUTHORITY IN THE SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE OF THE CHURCH

AND ARE CO-MODERATORS OF SESSION. THEY SHARE PREACHING DUTIES, SHARE OVERSIGHT OF WORSHIP

AND COORDINATE OVERSIGHT OF ALL OTHER MINISTRY AREAS IN THE LIFE OF THE CHURCH.


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Rev. Alfred graise

Pastor Alfred was born and raised in Cairo Egypt. At age 15 he moved to the U.S. with his family where he finished High school, received a B.S.  and Masters of Divinity. Prior to coming to Riverside in 2015, he served for 8 years as an Associate Pastor in NJ. Family is a vital aspect of Pastor Alfred's life and has always been closely connected with his faith journey. He believed that church needs to have strong family ministry programs and encourage its members to make church a family activity. Alfred's wife Nancy, who is also Egyptian, shares his faith and passion for ministry. They have 2 kids Eliana who is 9 and Micah who is 7. As a family they enjoy playing board games, having picnics at the park, and going to the beach every chance they get.

rev. erin thomas

Pastor Erin has been at Calvary since 2008 when she was called as Associate Pastor for Youth and Mission from Claremont Presbyterian Church in Claremont, CA. In June of 2015, she was promoted to Co-Pastor when Pastor Alfred was called to Calvary. Erin Loves preaching and developing creative worship services. She has a heart for children, and youth, working to integrate them into every aspect of church life. She also celebrates the wisdom of our older members who are active, robust seniors.

Pastor Erin is the Moderator of the Sexual Misconduct Response Team of Riverside Presbytery and on the Board of PCCCI, Inc. which has oversight of the Big Bear Lake Presbyterian Conference Center. Erin was ordained in 2006 after a 25 year career in advertising and marketing. She is also a life-long Californian who loves the mountains and the beach, she lives in the Wood Streets neighborhood with her dog, Buster.