Church History

Parkside began in the garage of Rudy and Ann Volz as a community church for the newly developed suburb (South Land Park) of Sacramento in 1957.  It was formed as a progressive church before we started calling churches progressive!  The visionaries of Parkside wanted a church in which anyone could attend regardless of their religious background or ethnic heritage.  Founded as a multi-racial congregation in the late 50's, Parksiders have remained diverse, welcoming, and committed to social justice issues of equality.

At approximately the same time, a new denomination was forming called the United Church of Christ.  The early church leaders wanted the congregation to be part of a denomination and found in the UCC shared values and vision of continuing God's work in our world.  So, the newly formed little church in South Land Park and the new denomination, the United Church of Christ, "grew up together".  We have enjoyed the last 50+ years of mutual support and working side-by-side to accomplish God's mission of justice for all people.




The first building project of Parkside was the parsonage for the first pastor, Lew Knight.  The congregation met in the garage of the parsonage while the new chapel was being built. Later, when I-5 was constructed, the parsonage was torn down in its wake.  The 1st phase of Parkside's building project was complete by then and included the Chapel, Fellowship Hall and classrooms.  Phase 2 - the building of the main sanctuary - took another 50 years to accomplish having been finished in time for Easter of 2009!

In 1995, the congregation called, for the first time, a woman as its senior pastor. The first female Pastor to serve a Sacramento area UCC church, Rev. Dr. Susan Hamilton, brought creativity and vitality to Parkside.  In 2013, after Rev. Hamilton accepted a call to a different ministry, Parkside called it's second female senior pastor, Rev. Elizabeth Griswold.  Since here arrival in July, 2013, Rev. Elizabeth has been actively working with the congregation on church growth, community outreach and social justice issues.

Who knows what the next 50 years will hold for Parkside Community Church, but you can come and help make history with us!

Mission Statement

We at Parkside Community Church embace as our Mission:

- To seek together to know God's love.

- To learn, live and share the good news of Jesus Christ.

- To celebrate our diversity.

- To nurture one another within a spiritual community.

- To respond in unconditional love to the needs of others.

September 02, 2014

Meet the Staff

Come to the About Us section to meet Reverend Elizabeth, and find out what we're all about!

Join Us!

If you're curious about what a truly nurturing community of believers is like, then you should come to the Join Us section to find out how you can get involved.

What's Happening at Parkside?

Find out about the many activities, study groups and workshops being offered at Parkside by clicking the Events page.  There's always something going on!

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If you want to stay informed and involved with Parkside Community Church, you can obtain a copy of our current monthly Newsletter here.

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