About Northgate U

Pursuing God in a small classroom environment.

Northgate U is a fun, classroom-style environment where adults learn and apply solid Biblical teaching & life skills. Take responsibility for your spiritual growth & take advantage of this great opportunity to...
  • Develop a deeper, more intimate relationship with God
  • Connect with other adults through shared experiences
  • Find encouragement, support and accountability
  • Engage in open conversation in a safe, nonjudgmental atmosphere
  • Learn practical applications for daily Christian living
  • Learn valuable life skills that help you succeed

The purpose of these programs is to help you structure your life, worldview and mission according to the unique plans God has for you.

All Northgate U classes and seminars fall into one of four tracks:
  • Biblical Studies: gain a deeper knowledge of God’s Word
  • Ministry & Leadership: prepare to serve wherever God leads you
  • Life: integrate Christian beliefs into your everyday life and find support for everyday challenges
  • Theological Studies: learn to articulate what you believe & why
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Available Virtual Classes

Come and find out what it looks like to
follow Jesus in community with Northgate.

Be The Bridge

Are you heartbroken or fearful about the racial divide in our country and community? Do you feel awkward about connecting with others from a different race? If you want to experience greater diversity, richness, and depth in your relationships, this facilitated discussion is designed to provide tools and support to help you address injustice, apathy, and fear with your family, co-workers, and friends.

What You'll Discover

During this five-week virtual discussion, you will:
  • Develop a greater awareness of God's desire for people of every tongue, tribe, and nation to form a unified body of Christ.
  • Receive tangible steps to take in order to transform your current views and vision regarding racial diversity.
  • Have your assumptions and stereotypes challenged and your worldview expanded.
  • Begin to bring interracial healing and transformation into your spere of influence.

Weekly Topics

  • Week 1: Awareness
  • Week 2: Acknowledgement, Shame, and Guilt
  • Week 3: Confession and Forgiveness
  • Week 4: Repentance and Reparation
  • Week 5: Restoration and Reproduction

Information & Cost

  • Cost: $15.00
  • Date(s): Sundays, September 13th - November 15th
  • Time: 1:00 - 2:30 PM
  • Leader(s): Marvin Green & Leah Quezon


Many people will tell you that separation and divorce are the most painful and stressful experiences they’ve ever faced. It’s a confusing time when you feel isolated and have lots of questions about issues you’ve never faced before. Become renewed and revitalized with this nationally recognized program.

What You'll Discover

The DivorceCare group meets weekly to face challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. Each session has two elements.
  • A Seminar with Experts: Each week you will watch a 30 - 40 minute video featuring top experts on divorce and recovery. These videos feature interviews and real-life case studies.
  • A Support Group with focus where you can build community: You spend time discussing the video and what is going on in your life.

Weekly Topics

  • Week 1: Deep Hurt
  • Week 2: Road to Recovery
  • Week 3: Anger
  • Week 4: Grief and Depression
  • Week 5: Loneliness
  • Week 6: Fear & Anxiety
  • Week 7: Family & Friends
  • Week 8: Financial & Legal Issues
  • Week 9: Conflict
  • Week 10: Forgiveness
  • Week 11: Your Former Spouse
  • Week 12: Single Living
  • Week 13: Brighter Days

Information & Cost

  • Cost: $20.00
  • Date(s): Sundays, September 13th - December 13th
  • Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Leader(s): Hakeem Shabazz

DivorceCare Surviving the Holidays

Wondering how you will survive the weeks surrounding Thanksgiving and Christmas? Are you dreading these holidays, knowing that everything has changed and that happy memories from past years can’t be recreated? Our Surviving the Holidays seminar is especially for people who are separated or divorced.

What You'll Learn

  • How to deal with the many emotions you'll face during the holidays.
  • Helpful tips for surviving social events.
  • Ways to give your kids a good holiday experience.
  • How to discover hope for your future.

Information & Cost

  • Cost: $5.00
  • Date(s): Thursday, November 5th
  • Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Leader(s): Laura Bauder & Hakeem Shabazz

Financial Peace University

Manage your money God’s way. This course takes Godly wisdom and turns it into real action in our lives through a step-by-step process taught by best-selling author and financial counselor, Dave Ramsey.

What You'll Discover

Financial Peace University (FPU) is a nine-week life-changing program that teaches you how to make the right money decisions to achieve your financial goals and God's plan for your life. Join us for this virtual offering. Watch streaming videos and then join your leaders and other participants for group discussion.

Weekly Topics

  • Week 1: Baby Step 1: Save $1000 for Your Starter Emergency Fund
  • Week 2: Baby Step 2: Pay Off All Debt (Except the House) Using the Debt Snowball
  • Week 3: Baby Step 3: Save 3-6 Months of Expenses in a Fully Funded Emergency Fund
  • Week 4: Baby Steps 4, 5, 6, & 7: Investing, Saving, Paying Off Your Home, Building Wealth and Giving
  • Week 5: Buyer Beware
  • Week 6: The Role of Insurance
  • Week 7: Retirement Planning
  • Week 8: Real Estate & Mortgages
  • Week 9: The Great Misunderstanding

Information & Cost

  • Cost: Free for Individuals or Married Couples
  • Date(s): Class dates are shown on the registration site.
  • Time: Times are shown on the registration site.
  • Leader(s): Various Northgate Leaders


GriefShare is a national program to bring you a friendly, caring community of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member or friend, you’ve may have found that there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone.

What You'll Discover

Each week your group will watch a video seminar on DVD. The videos cover topics essential to your recovery from the hurt of grief and loss. The videos are produced in a compelling television magazine format and feature interviews with grief recovery experts, mini-dramas, on-location video and real-life stories of people who have experienced the death of a loved one. After each video, you and other group members will spend time as a support group, discussing what was presented in that week’s video seminar and what is going on in your lives.

Weekly Topics

  • Week 1: Is This Normal?
  • Week 2: The Challenges of Grief
  • Week 3 & 4: The Journey of Grief
  • Week 5: Grief and Relationships
  • Week 6: Why?
  • Week 7: Guilt and Anger
  • Week 8: Complicating Factors
  • Week 9: Stuck
  • Week 10 & 11: Lessons of Grief
  • Week 12: Heaven
  • Week 13: What Do I Live for Now?

Information & Cost

  • Cost: $20.00
  • Date(s): Sundays, September 13th - December 13th
  • Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Leader(s): Bob Ladd & Tonya Williams

GriefShare Surviving the Holidays

When you are grieving a loved one’s death, the holiday season can be especially painful. In past years, the holiday season may have been a time of great anticipation and excitement… but this year, the prospect of facing the holidays without your loved one may cause anxiety and dread.

You are not Alone

GriefShare Surviving the Holidays is a 2-hour, warm, encouraging, and helpful event. Featuring video instruction and group discussion, it helps you deal with the intense pain of grief during the holiday season.

Our Surviving the Holidays seminar will help you discover:

  • How to deal with emotions.
  • What to do about traditions.
  • Helpful tips for surviving social events.
  • How to find hope for the future.

Information & Cost

  • Cost: $5.00
  • Date(s): Sunday, November 15th
  • Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Leader(s): Bob Ladd & Tonya Williams


Once upon a time there was a version of our faith that was practically Irresistible. But that was then. Today, an increasing number of people claim that Christianity is harmful to our society. “The Bible says. . .” doesn’t carry the weight it once did, and thanks to our digital world, folks know “what else” the Bible says without ever picking up a Bible.

What You'll Discover

During this six-week virtual, video study by author and church leader, Andy Stanley, you will:
  • Examine the faith modeled by our first century brothers and sisters, who had no "official" Bible
  • Compare the way we preach, teach, write, and communicate our faith with that of the first century church
  • Be invited to embrace the version of faith, that against all odds, initiated a chain of events that resulted in the most significant and extensive cultural transformation the world has ever seen
  • Identify the faith that made Christianity compelling, defensible, and irresistible

Weekly Topics

  • Week 1: Simply Irresistible
  • Week 2: Brand - New Agreement
  • Week 3: The Bible According to Jesus
  • Week 4: The Irresistible Ethic
  • Week 5: What Love Requires
  • Week 6: The New Approach

Information & Cost

  • Cost: $15.00
  • Date(s): Wednesdays, September 16th - October 21st
  • Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Leader(s): Tim Raimer & Dave McMurtry

Misreading Scripture

There are many scriptural references that puzzle the modern-day follower of Jesus Christ. This study shows how our Western cultural perspective misses “what goes without being said” in ancient Eastern culture. Deepen your understanding of the ancient Biblical setting and intended meaning of the original authors.

What You'll Discover

During this five-week intermediate level, virtual study on Zoom, you will:
  • Recognize that passages written in an (ancient) Eastern culture are read differently in our Western culture
  • Contrast the Eastern and Western cultural reading of the Bible
  • Analyze several well-known passages from an (ancient) Eastern cultural viewpoint
  • Utilize a number of online tools that enhance the Eastern cultural viewpoint of the Bible

Weekly Topics

  • Week 1: Embrace Complexity
  • Week 2: Beware of Overcorrection
  • Week 3: Be Teachable
  • Week 4: Embrace Error
  • Week 5: Read Together

Information & Cost

  • Cost: $20.00
  • Date(s): Tuesday, September 15th - October 21st
  • Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Leader(s): Art Stine

Prayer, Does It Make Any Difference?

What is prayer? How does it work? And more importantly, does it work? Explore and experience the very heartbeat of your relationship with God. In this study with award winning author, Philip Yancey, you will be inspired and provoked to examine your relationship with God, through prayer. Join us for a mysterious intersection where God and humans meet and relate.

What You'll Discover

This six-week virtual video study using Zoom will help you:
  • Better understand what prayer is and how it works according to Biblical teaching
  • Recognize problems with prayer and identify Biblical perspectives in addressing those problems
  • Practice different methods of prayer with the goal of maintaining a vibrant and active prayer life

Weekly Topics

  • Week 1: The View from Above
  • Week 2: Why Pray?
  • Week 3: Keeping Company with God
  • Week 4: How to Pray
  • Week 5: Prayer Problems
  • Week 6: Does Prayer Change Anything?

Information & Cost

  • Cost: $20.00
  • Date(s): Sundays, September 13th - October 25th
  • Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Leader(s): Cynthia Mora & Lani Sinclair
Northgate U // Studies

Northgate U Classes

We offer many different types of classes throughout the year.


Gain a deeper knowledge of God’s Word

  • Old Testament Survey
  • New Testament Survey
  • How to Read the Bible
  • Individual Book Studies

This is not a complete offering list.


Integrate Christian beliefs into your everyday life

  • Marriage
  • Parenting
  • Finances
  • Spiritual Formation

This is not a complete course list.


Prepare to serve wherever God leads you

  • Servant Leadership
  • Community Group Seminars
  • Evangelism
  • Using Your Spiritual Gifts

This is not a complete course list.


Learn to articulate what you believe & why

  • Systematic Theology
  • Comparative Religion Series
  • Church History
  • Current Topics

This is not a complete course list.


Find care and support for life’s challenges

  • DivorceCare
  • DivorceCare 4 Kids
  • GriefShare
  • Surviving The Holidays

This is not a complete course list.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some common questions that we are asked regarding Northgate U.

Northgate is a non-denominational church with an online campus and two beautiful physical locations in the Bay area. Our staff and volunteers can't wait to meet and pray with you.

Friends & Partners

Address & Contact:
2201 Lake Herman Road
Benicia, CA 94510

Phone: (707) 747-5855
Email: office@ngate.org
Web: https://thisis.church/benicia

Online Services: Sunday
9:00 & 11:00 AM

Office Hours: Monday - Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

San Francisco

Address & Contact:
1325 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Phone: (415) 285-1433
Email: officesf@ngate.org
Web: https://thisis.church/sanfrancisco

Online Services: Sunday
9:00 & 11:00 AM

Office Hours: Monday - Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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