Christ the Saviour Church

San Francisco, California

Christ the Saviour Church

Founded 1952

Diocese: Diocese of the West

Deanery: Pacific Central Deanery


490 12th Ave
San Francisco, California 94118

Mailing address:

2040 Anza St
San Francisco, CA 94118

Parish Contacts

Home: 415-752-1347

Lay Leadership

Mr. Sergei Riabtchenko
Choir Director
Home: 650-996-1917


General Location
Within the Richmond District of San Francisco, the church is located one block to the south and east of the intersection of Geary and Park Presidio Blvds.  The cupola can be seen from both streets.

From the Golden Gate Bridge
Proceed south on Park Presidio Blvd (Highway 1).  No left on Anza, so circle by taking right on the following street.

From the Bay Bridge
Take Freeway north to “south Van Ness / Golden Gate Bridge” exit.  Turn left ont Van Ness Ave, left on Geary Blvd, left on 12th Ave (about 3 miles).

From Airport
Take Freeway 101 north, connect to Freeway 280 north via 380; 280 becomes 19th Ave.  In the city, it becomes Highway 1.  It curves in Golden Gate Park to become Park Presidio Blvd (still Highway 1).  Turn right onto Anza.

via MUNI
For lines 1, 2, 5, 31, or 38, get off at the 12th Ave stop.  For lines 28 or 44, get off at Geary Blvd.

via Golden Gate Transit
Take line 50 to the 12th Ave stop.

Schedule of Services

All services are in Church Slavonic, with some English, and are held according to the Julian Calendar.

5:30 PM All-night Vigil.
Saturday Evening

10:00 AM Divine Liturgy, with Third and Sixth Hours beginning 20 minutes before the Liturgy.  Following the Liturgy, there will be lunch, church videos, and occasional lectures and discussions.
Sunday Morning

6:00 PM All-Night (major feast days only).
Eves of Great Feasts

10:00 AM Divine Liturgy.
Mornings of Great Feasts

Please check parish website for a complete schedule of services. Confessions are heard following Vigils and one-half hour before Liturgy.  Call the rectory in advance to confirm service times or to arrange Baptisms, Marriages, Memorials, Thanksgiving services, etc.

Parish Background

In the early fifties Archbishop John (Shahovskoy) moved to a newly acquired house at 2040 Anza St from the over-crowsws parish house next to Holy Trinity Cathedral.  A house church was established on the second level of the new house.  Fr Leonid Kasperski was appointed priest in charge of the Bishop’s Chapel and regular services began.

In the fifties and early sixties a major shift of the Russian population in San Francisco took place from the Fillmore-Divisadero area to Richmond and Sunset Districts.  Attendance was growing at the bishop’s chapel and with the bishop’s blessing the idea of building a regular church was addressed by the Cathedral parish.  Property adjacent to 2040 Anza on 12th Ave was acquired and in 1963 preparation of construction documents for the new church began.