About Us

University Presbyterian ChurchWe are located about 1.5 miles south of the Arizona State University campus, from which the church takes its name. We were founded on the ASU campus in 1951 and chartered with 38 members as Presbyterian Church of Tempe on January 13, 1952. Our current name was adopted in 1958 to reflect our association with the ASU community. We purchased and first occupied our 4.57-acre campus in 1961. Our current sanctuary was dedicated in 1980, and our former sanctuary became our Fellowship Hall.

We are a member congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA), within the Presbytery of Grand Canyon of the Synod of the Southwest. We believe our primary purpose is “to practice the Way of Jesus” together. Since our formation as a Christian community we have been on a journey together, welcoming all sorts of people to come along side, participate in our life together, and share their journeys with us. Many have come. Many have gone. Those with us today continue on.

Worship is central in the life of our church. We use a blended worship format incorporating a wide variety of music and liturgy, involving both children and adults. We celebrate the Church Year, marking annually the significant events in the life of Jesus.

Spiritual formation is a growing priority as we seek to grow in our individual and communal relationships with the One who has called us together. We seek to find ways of increasing our awareness of God and engaging in the Way of Jesus in our world, participating in what God is doing here. We tend to be an intellectual bunch, seeking to grow deeper into our hearts to experience the presence of God as much as we talk about the presence of God.

We seek to show compassion for the wider community through such ministries as Meals on Wheels, preparing and serving meals at Paz de Cristo, housing the homeless through I-Help and Family Promise, participating in the backpack drive in the late summer, and having a Giving Tree at Christmas time to help struggling families.

We are advocates for peace and justice in the world. We are not afraid to discuss controversial issues or to have them addressed from our pulpit. We have engaged in letter-writing campaigns to our congressional leaders, advocating for justice. We participate with Humane Borders, taking water to stations in the desert, continue working for fuller inclusion of gays and lesbians in the life of the church.

We are a mission minded church and support the mission of the PC(USA) as we also support many other mission and ministry endeavors. Annually, we designate February as Mission Month as we seek to engage the whole congregation in the consideration of a particular place or issue that is important to the life and mission of our faith community.

For more practical information, check out our FAQ and service pages.

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