East District

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Joshua Tree is a region where breakfast was served five days a week at a local center through the CA Ministry of Cooperation, called “The Way Station.” There, those in need would also receive lunch and a bag of groceries once a month. However, there were no meals provided for the weekend.

A retired Air Force Chaplain named Milton Merritt had the idea that the people called Methodists in Joshua Tree could provide meals sometime during the weekend. But, the local church did not have enough people or resources to make that happen. Milt conveyed this idea to another Methodist, Tom Pilkington, and a partnership developed.

What came about from their partnership was a rotation of United Methodist churches from as far as 80 miles away, some leaving home at 5:30 in the morning, who would make the trip to serve breakfast every Saturday to some 120 people facing hunger on a regular basis.

This commitment to helping serve the hungry continues today, with members of a dozen Methodist congregations following a rotational schedule to travel to Joshua Tree on a Saturday morning. New sponsors are always welcome! For more information, please contact Rev. Tom Ziegert, pastor of the Morongo Basin Cooperative Parish, at


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wiley-webAs the District Superintendent of the East District I am blessed to serve in partnership … We are a diverse and dynamic district of congregations engaged in vital ministry, with 80 congregations from Alhambra in the west to Indio in the east, from the San Gabriel mountains to State Route 91 freeway. In addition, we have churches in both the high desert and mountain communities.

This page is intended as a tool to increase our effectiveness by increasing our communication and resource sharing. I invite you to use this page and the Cal-Pac Conference website to keep current with issues and resources that are critical to our shared ministry.

If you cannot find what you need here please call the office at (909) 984-7100.

Rev. Jan Wiley,
District Superintendent, East District


Administrative Assistant:
Karen Britten

918 North Euclid Ave.,
Ontario, CA 91762-3612

O: (909) 984-7100 (909) 984-5200
F: (909) 984-5800