With new staff persons and renewed passion, the California-Pacific Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church is on its way to another season of wonderful ministry in the name of Jesus Christ.
Rev. David K. Farley, currently Pastor of Echo Park United Methodist Church as well as Native American Circle of Life Fellowship in Downtown Los Angeles, will begin serving as the Cal-Pac Director of Justice and Compassion Ministries on July 1, 2014. A graduate of Boston University School of Theology, Rev. Farley has been recognized with the Methodist Federation for Social Action’s Mildred Hutchinson Award and as a “Giant of Justice” by the Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE-LA) for playing an integral role in furthering faith-based justice and compassion efforts.
Much gratitude, appreciation, and recognition is conferred upon Rev. Jennifer Gutierrez, currently Interim Director of Justice and Compassion Ministries and formerly Cal-Pac Director of Urban Ministries, who will receive an appointment to a local church beginning July 1, 2014.
Rev. Nicole Reilley, currently Interim Director of New Ministries, will begin serving as the Cal-Pac Director of New Ministries on July 1, 2014. A graduate of Claremont School of Theology and recipient of the Reverend Edwin H. Witman Pastoral Care Award, Rev. Reilley’s commitment to new ministry and congregational development is reflected in her extensive involvement with the Cal-Pac New Ministries Essential Ministry Team (and formerly the Board of Congregational Development) as well as her direction of the Cal-Pac House Church Network.
In addition, two persons have recently been welcomed into the California-Pacific Conference as support staff who are already making great contributions toward an efficient and effective Conference Office. They are Preciosa Cordero, Administrative Assistant in the Office of Connectional Ministries, and Martha Villalta, Secretary in the Episcopal Office.
The California-Pacific Conference Office, also known as “Cal-Pac Center,” houses the Offices of the Episcopacy, Connectional Ministries, Human Resources, Finance and Facilities, Communications and the United Methodist Foundation. All Conference Staff is dedicated to providing principled leadership in the ministry of the Conference by resourcing the local church for fruitful disciple-making and world transformation in the name of Jesus Christ.
In the months and years to come, let us look forward to seeing the loving presence of God work in and through the new ways by which we continue to be the people of The United Methodist Church in this region and beyond.