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Bishop’s Appointments 2019 – 2020 (June 2019)

“I See a New Church” was the theme of the 2019 California-Pacific Annual Conference. As we as a denomination and an annual conference live into this changing reality, Bishop Grant Hagiya and his cabinet wish to share the following clergy appointment updates that have been confirmed to date. Please note that rounds 1 and 2 of announcements are posted on the Cal-Pac website. Except where noted, each appointment will begin July 1, 2019.


  • Rev. Dae il Choi to Hesperia UMC, Senior Pastor, 75%; Hesperia Korean Mission Church, Senior Pastor, 25%
  • Rev. Catie Coots to First UMC of Upland, Senior Pastor, 75%; Ontario First UMC, Senior Pastor, 25%
  • Pastor Martin Finau to Temple City First UMC, Senior Pastor
  • Rev. Taeho Kim to Joosarang Korean Mission, Senior Pastor, 50%
  • Pastor Alex Powell to New Beginnings UMC, Executive Pastor
  • Rev. Blair Trygstad Stowe to First UMC of Upland, Associate Pastor
  • Pastor Xavier Torres to Grace UMC of Riverside, Associate Pastor, 75%; Highgrove UMC, Associate Pastor, 25%
  • Rev. John Mark Wang to Cornerstone UMC, Senior Pastor (begins August 1, 2019)


  • Pastor Ana Hungalu to Guam UMC, Pastor
  • Pastor Jessica Kawamura to Wahiawa UMC, Pastor
  • Pastor Viliami (Ongo) Koli to Trinity UMC of Pearl City, Associate Pastor, 50%
  • Pastor Nafetalai Teaupa to West Kauai UMC, Pastor, 50% (begins September 1, 2019)


  • Rev. David Camphouse to Eastern Sierra Cooperative Parish, 75%: 1. Bishop First UMC 2. Big Pine Community UMC. 3. Pioneer Memorial UMC, Associate Pastor
  • Rev. Anna Crews Camphouse to Eastern Sierra Cooperative Parish: 1. Bishop First UMC 2. Big Pine Community UMC. 3. Pioneer Memorial UMC, Senior Pastor
  • Rev. Richard Garner to Glendale First UMC, Senior Pastor (Appointed and Retired)
  • Pastor Christian Jung to Woodland Hills UMC, Associate Pastor, 25%
  • Rev. Frederick Morris to North Hills Hispanic Mission, Pastor, 50% (Appointed and Retired)
  • Rev. Karen Murata to Chatsworth West UMC, Pastor, 75%
  • Rev. Richard Pearson to North Oxnard UMC, Pastor, 50%
  • Rev. Kristiane Smith to Santa Clarita UMC, Associate Pastor, 50% (began January 1, 2019)


  • Rev. Craig Dorval to First UMC of San Diego, Transitional Lead Pastor (Appointed and Retired)
  • Rev. John Griffin-Atil to Imperial Beach Neighborhood Center, Pastor (began May 1, 2019)
  • Rev. Dr. Yongwan Kim to Park Hill UMC, Chula Vista, Pastor, 75%
  • Rev. Jin Hee Moon to Korean UMC of San Diego, Pastor, 25%; Elim Counseling Center, Chaplain, 75% (began January 1, 2019)
  • Pastor Kimberly Ports to Linda Vista UMC, Pastor, 50%
  • Pastor Tevita Tukunga to San Jacinto UMC, Pastor, 50%; Community UMC of Winchester UMC, Pastor, 25%


  • Rev. Nicole Jeanne Armstrong to United UMC of Anaheim, Associate Pastor, 75%
  • Rev. Denyse Barnes to Hollywood UMC, Associate Pastor, 75%; LGBTQIA+ Advocacy Coordinator, 25%
  • Pastor Olataga Filemoni to Maywood UMC, Pastor, 50%
  • Rev. Nestor Gerente to Wayside UMC, Pastor, 50%
  • Pastor Reynaldo Guevara to Orangethorpe UMC, Pastor
  • Rev. Paul Hill to Holman UMC, Interim Pastor (Appointed and Retired)
  • Rev. Catherine Michele Johns to Montgomery Hospice, Hospice Chaplain, 75%; Silver Springs UMC, Associate Pastor, Minister for Congregational Care and Reconciling Ministries, 25%
  • Rev. Dr. Kathey Wilborn to St. John’s UMC, Pastor, 50%; Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Torrance, Chaplain Resident, 50%

Please keep these pastors and their families, as well as the congregations they leave and those who will receive them, in your prayers.