Local Ministries

Free to Be

Free to Be offers schools and community groups a range of educational peer-taught components for 10-to-18 year old youth. Through workshops, curricula and teen panels offered throughout Northern California, they empower teens with knowledge, tools, motivation and support to make positive life choices, including abstinence until marriage. Their interactive educational components and support activities promote building healthy relationships, making well thought-out decisions, and setting goals for the future.

FTS began in 1992 with a handful of volunteers and a vision to reach the youth of Sonoma County. Hanna Skandera was co-director of F2B at its inception, helping develop the program, writing the curriculum, and securing the original grant funding. Numerous SRCC youth have participated in F2B through the years. Lauretta Lewis is currently serving as Community Outreach Coordinator at Free to Be. Learn more about Free to Be.

Redwood Gospel Mission

The Redwood Gospel Mission ministers to those in need in our community so lives can be transformed. The Mission staff offers a variety of programs including feeding and providing shelter for the homeless. Both men and women are served in separate locations. There is a 12-step residential New Life Recovery Program at the Mission for the men and at both the Rose and the Manna Homes for women. In addition, there are many events throughout the year serving our community.

We have many in our church family who volunteer to work in these various ministry opportunities. Some of the men from the New Life Program attend church with us. Learn more about Redwood Gospel Mission.

Sonoma County Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Service

The Sonoma County Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Service was founded in 1998. Our own JR Young was in the first class of the Law Enforcement Academy and has been the catalyst for the growth and acceptance of this ministry since its inception. The mission of the Chaplaincy Service is to respond to requests from law enforcement and other first responders throughout Sonoma County and provide immediate emotional support and follow-up care to them and to the members of our community who have suffered tragedy and loss.

The chaplaincy is an interfaith community of compassionate volunteers without religious, political, or legal agendas. Currently, several members of our church family are actively serving as chaplains monthly. Learn more about Sonoma County Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Service.

Bridges Pregnancy Clinic & Care Center

Bridges Pregnancy Clinic & Care Center (formerly PCC – Pregnancy Counseling Center of Sonoma County) has been serving Sonoma County since the mid 1980s. It grew from the ache in our own Sandy Cavaliere’s heart when she realized there was no safe place women could turn to when facing an unplanned pregnancy. Thus, Bridges grew from being a second telephone line in the Cavaliere home to a group of caring women answering incoming calls 24/7.

Formally organized in 1985, Bridges (formerly PCC of Sonoma County) is now a non-profit corporation with a staff of three and over 50 trained volunteers. Growing from its simple beginning, the Center now includes pregnancy testing, counseling, prenatal medical care, and resource centers to meet the physical and emotional needs of more than 3,000 clients each year. Learn more about Bridges Pregnancy Clinic.

Together in Christ

Together in Christ is a pastors’ and ministry alliance focused on promoting love and unity within the Body of Christ in Sonoma County. Its purpose is to unite the churches in Sonoma County in prayer for the revival of believers and conversion of the lost to the message of hope and salvation in Jesus Christ. Its vision is to answer the prayer of Jesus in John 17 by mobilizing the Body of Christ across Sonoma County in praying, caring and sharing the gospel of God’s kingdom for community transformation.

Santa Rosa Christian Church has participated in TIC since its early beginnings when JR Young and others founded the group. Both Steve Marshall and Harry Skandera help serve on the existing TIC leadership team. Annual community-wide projects include volunteers and food for Redwood Gospel Missions’s Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts, City Kids Festival, citywide worship services, City Reach Prayer and other larger ministry events. The weekly prayer time for pastors and ministry leaders is hosted by SRCC each Wednesday morning in the Family Room. Learn more about Together in Christ.

Crossing the Jordan Foundation

Crossing the Jordan is a local nonprofit that is bringing hope to women and children in need in Sonoma County. It is our mission to provide housing for mothers that seek to transform their lives. There are women and children suffering all around us, everywhere; lost, victims of domestic violence, sexual trafficking and exploitation, drug addicted, homeless and those being released from prison that pray earnestly to find a way to be reunited with their children. Visit them at www.crossingthejordan.org

GAP Community (formerly known as GAP Youth Training Services)

GAP Youth Training Services was founded in 1998 by our Associate Pastor Jean-Marie Jobs to provide workshops designed develop identity, focus and character in youth. In 2004, GAP hosted their first mission trip to Romania. This was followed by their first trip to Kayamandi, South Africa where in cooperation with two South African organizations, they began to serve the families infected and affected with HIV/AIDS. They have returned each year. In addition, trips have been made to Zambia and Kenya.
During the recent trip, GAP expanded the work with the women they have been training and worked to feed the homeless children in the community. In addition, the team helped start a micro business for the women by teaching them how to sew and knit items they could sell. gapcommunity.com is their website