COME AS YOU ARE
We say "Midtown Family" a lot around here because, well, it's true. We hope that every person to walk through our doors will feel like they've been welcomed home.
You can expect to be greeted by our awesome staff and volunteers who will gladly answer any questions, and even escort you to your seat. If you're a parent of kids from babies to 3rd grade, you can check your child(ren) in to our Kids Ministry, where they'll play games, sing songs, and learn about Jesus while you have some time to worship in the main worship center.
WHAT TO EXPECT
2225 19th Street Sacramento, CA 95818
Our Sacramento campus is in the Midtown area, conveniently located off of I-80 Business at 19th and W Streets.
We have a few free parking options. If you can’t remember, that’s OK- just follow our parking signs!
- limited street parking is available along 19th Street in front of our building (no meters).
- handicapped-designated parking lot in front of our building
- parking lot at our office building at 2125 19th Street (19th and V).
- parking lot at the Sacramento Central YMCA at 2021 W St **newly added option!
- parking lot under the freeway at 19th and X (enter on X St.)
When we magnify God, we invite His presence into our lives. Each Sunday service begins by singing songs of praise and worship to magnify God and exalt His name.
If you’ve never experienced praise and worship with us, this Sunday is a great day to jump in. If you have, well then you know that MIDTOWN IS WHERE WE GET DOWN! Our time of worship is both dynamic and intimate, and we sing songs that are mostly Contemporary Christian and Gospel styles. We invite you to clap, dance and sing along, or simply listen and let the Holy Spirit speak to you.
We look forward to partnering with you in teaching your children about Jesus.
Kids Ministry is open at our 10:30am and 12:00pm services. You can plan to arrive early for registration (as space is limited). For everyone’s safety, and to follow CDC guidelines:
- We will be checking your child’s temperature before check-in
- Our staff and volunteers will be wearing masks
- Masks are required for every child ages 3yrs and up. If you don’t have one, we can provide one for you.
If you’d prefer, your kids are also welcome to stay with you in service!
Pastor Bob Balian
Bob Balian is the Founding Pastor of Midtown Church, and currently shares the Lead Pastor role with his partner in ministry, Efrem Smith. Bob also serves as the Chaplain for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings. He’s a UCLA graduate with a degree in Economics, and earned a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Fuller Theological Seminary. Bob grew up in Sacramento, and returned to Sacramento from Los Angeles to take over a family construction and engineering business. After becoming a bi-vocational Youth Pastor he sold his business, and became a full-time, Executive Pastor at BOSS (Bayside of South Sacramento) with the late, great Reverend Sherwood Carthen. He then planted Bayside Midtown in 2011 with his beautiful wife, Letty Balian. They intentionally planted in the heart of Sacramento -- one of the most diverse cities in the country-- and have been intentional about fostering and nurturing diversity and racial reconciliation in the church since the very first day of its existence.
Bob and Letty have one daughter, Taylor, who works as the Programming Director for Midtown Church.
Pastor Efrem Smith
Pastor Efrem Smith is an internationally recognized leader who uses motivational speaking and preaching to equip people for a life of transformation. He consults on issues of multi-ethnicity, leadership, and community development. Efrem is the former president and CEO of World Impact: an urban mission, church planting and leadership-development organization. He’s the author of several books, including his latest, “Killing Us Softly.” Efrem is a graduate of Saint John's University and Luther Theological Seminary, and received an honorary doctor of ministry degree from Ashland Theological Seminary, and most recently earned his Doctor of Ministry degree in Church Leadership and Reconciliation Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary.
Efrem is married to Donecia and has two daughters. He’s excited to be a part of all that God is doing in and through the Church. He and Pastor Bob are encouraged by the rapid growth of Midtown Church and are eager to work together and share the love of God throughout the Sacramento region.