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Clergy Appointments

2022-2023 APPOINTMENTS

The following appointments and assignments are listed in reverse chronological order of the announcement to the conference.

Rev. M. Guadalupe Alonso-Redondo as Pastor of El Buen Pastor UMC and Bardsdale UMC

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint Rev. M. Guadalupe Alonso-Redondo 25% at El Buen Pastor United Methodist Church and 75% at Bardsdale United Methodist Church beginning September 1, 2022.

Rev. Alonso-Redondo is currently serving 75% at El Buen Pastor UMC.

Rev. J. Anthony Boger as Pastor at New Beginnings UMC

Bishop Grant Hagiya has appointed the Rev. J. Anthony Boger to serve as pastor at New Beginnings United Methodist Church in the East District beginning July 1, 2022.

Since 2018, Rev. Boger was appointed as the Associate Director of New Ministries at the California-Pacific Conference.

Rev. Brittany Juliette Hanlin as Associate Pastor at Water’s Edge Faith Community of First UMC of San Diego

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. Brittany Juliette Hanlin to serve as associate pastor at Water’s Edge Faith Community of First United Methodist Church of San Diego in the South District beginning September 1, 2022.

Rev. Hanlin is ordained in the United Church of Christ and is currently serving on staff at Marble Collegiate Church in New York City. The Rev. Jessica Strysko, who was serving the Water’s Edge Faith Community, began her new appointment as pastor of United UMC of Anaheim in the West District on July 1, 2022.

Rev. Dr. Joseph Choi as Pastor of Covenant UMC

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. Dr. Joseph Choi to serve as pastor at Covenant United Methodist Church in the East District beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Dr. Choi is currently appointed as pastor at Northridge UMC. Rev. Sang Ho Yi will be appointed to Van Nuys UMC in the North District beginning July 1, 2022.

Pastor John Stephenson as Pastor of St. Paul’s UMC of Redondo Beach

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint Pastor John Stephenson 75% time at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church of Redondo Beach in the West District beginning July 1, 2022.

Pastor Stephenson has been a lay servant at San Pedro UMC and is a certified candidate for ministry. Pastor Phillip Valdes will be appointed 75% time to La Plaza UMC in the West District beginning July 1, 2022.

Pastor Mary Ann Pickard as Pastor of Lakewood First UMC & Wayside UMC

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint Pastor Mary Ann Pickard 50% time at Lakewood First United Methodist Church and 25% time at Wayside United Methodist Church in the West District beginning July 1, 2022.

Pastor Mary Ann is currently appointed 50% time at Wayside UMC.

Rev. Jacob SeungPil Lee as Pastor of Torrance First UMC

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint Rev. Jacob SeungPil Lee at Torrance First United Methodist Church in the West District beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Lee is an elder in full connection who is currently serving in the West Ohio Annual Conference. Rev. Stacy Brooks-Dickson will be appointed to Simi Valley UMC in the North District as of July 1, 2022.

Pastor Tae Ho Kim as Pastor of Grace River Korean UMC

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint Pastor Tae Ho Kim at 75% time at Grace River Korean United Methodist Church in the West District beginning July 1, 2022.

Pastor Kim is currently serving at the Joosarang Korean Mission. Rev. Jon Gul Hong will retire June 30, 2022, having served the California-Pacific Conference over 30 years.

Rev. Scott Andrews as Pastor of California-Heights UMC

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint Rev. Scott Andrews at California Heights United Methodist Church in the West District beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Andrews previously served Murrieta UMC and will be returning to active ministry after being on medical leave. Rev. Doug Dickson will be appointed to Northridge UMC in the North District beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Bomi Kim as Pastor of Belmont Heights UMC

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint Rev. Bomi Kim to Belmont Heights United Methodist Church in the West District beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Bomi Kim is a provisional elder and currently serves in the North Georgia Annual Conference.

Rev. Jessica Strysko as Pastor of United UMC of Anaheim

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. Jessica Strysko to serve as pastor at United United Methodist Church of Anaheim in the West District beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Strysko is currently appointed as the pastor at the Water’s Edge Faith Community in the Ocean Beach neighborhood of San Diego. Rev. James Dollins is appointed to San Carlos UMC in the South District beginning July 1, 2022.

Pastor Edward G. Hawthorne as Pastor of Hollypark UMC

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint the Pastor Edward G. Hawthorne to serve as pastor at Hollypark United Methodist Church in the West District beginning July 1, 2022.

Pastor Hawthorne previously served the Calvary UMC of Los Angeles in 2015.

Pastor Adrienne Zackery as Pastor of Crossroads UMC

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint the Pastor Adrienne Zackery at 75% time at Crossroads United Methodist Church in the West District beginning July 1, 2022.

Pastor Zackery currently serves 75% time at Hollypark UMC and 25% time at Crossroads UMC in a shared ministry setting.

Pastor Hyun Seob “Ralph” Kwon as Associate Pastor of Northridge UMC

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint the Pastor Hyun Seob “Ralph” Kwon to serve 75% time as associate pastor at Northridge United Methodist Church in the North District beginning July 1, 2022.

Pastor Kwon is currently appointed 50% time as the associate pastor at Northridge UMC.

Rev. Elizabeth Aguilar as Associate Pastor of Santa Barbara First UMC

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. Elizabeth Aguilar to serve as associate pastor at Santa Barbara First United Methodist Church in the North District beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Aguilar is ordained in the United Church of Christ and is currently serving Community Congregational Church of Chula Vista UCC. Rev. Alan Strout will retire June 30, 2022, and has served California-Pacific Conference for over 40 years.

Rev. W. Terry Van Hook as Pastor of San Gabriel FUMC

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. W. Terry Van Hook to serve in the retired relationship 50% time as pastor at San Gabriel First United Methodist Church in the East District beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Dr. Se Hee Han will retire June 30, 2022, and has served California-Pacific Conference for over 31 years.

Pastor Moon Young Kong as Pastor of Victorville UMC

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint Pastor Moon Young Kong to serve as pastor at Victorville United Methodist Church in the East District beginning July 1, 2022.

Pastor Kong is currently serving at Claremont UMC and Shepherd of the Hills UMC of Monterey Park.

Pastor Xavier Torres as Pastor of Moorpark UMC

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint the Pastor Xavier Torres to serve as pastor at Moorpark United Methodist Church in the North District beginning July 1, 2022.

Pastor Torres is currently appointed to the Box Springs Cooperative Parish as the associate pastor in the East District. Rev. Kathleen Puntar will receive an appointment in the Desert Southwest Conference as of July 1, 2022.

Rev. Sang Ho Yi as Pastor of Van Nuys UMC

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. Sang Ho Yi to serve as pastor at Van Nuys United Methodist Church in the North District beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Yi is currently appointed to Covenant UMC in the East District.

Rev. Doug Dickson as Pastor of Northridge UMC

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. Doug Dickson to serve as pastor at Northridge United Methodist Church in the North District beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Dickson is currently appointed to California Heights UMC in the West District.

Rev. Dr. Jung Sup Jay Ahn as Pastor of Valley Korean UMC

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. Dr. Jung Sup Jay Ahn to serve as pastor at Valley Korean United Methodist Church in the North District beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Dr. Ahn is currently appointed to Van Nuys UMC. Rev. Jae Duk Lew will be appointed to Sierra Madre UMC in the East District beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Kristiane Smith as Associate Pastor to Conejo Connect, a Cooperative Ministry of Westlake Village UMC, Thousand Oaks UMC and St. Matthew’s UMC of Newbury Park

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. Kristianne Smith to serve as associate pastor of Conejo Connect, a Cooperative Ministry of Westlake Village United Methodist Church, Thousand Oaks United Methodist Church, and St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church of Newbury Park in the North District beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Smith is currently appointed 75% time as an associate pastor to Santa Clarita UMC.

Rev. Jae Duk Lew as Pastor of Sierra Madre UMC

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. Jae Duk Lew to serve as pastor at Sierra Madre United Methodist Church in the East District beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Lew is currently appointed to Valley Korean UMC.  Rev. Sharon Snapp-Kolas will retire June 30, 2022, and has served California-Pacific Conference for over 30 years.

Rev. Sunghwan Park as Pastor of Irvine Dream Korean UMC (어바인 드림교회) and Ministry Staff at University UMC of Irvine

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint Rev. Sunghwan Park to serve at 75% time as the pastor of Irvine Dream Korean United Methodist Church (어바인 드림교회) and Minister of Children Ministries at University United Methodist Church of Irvine in the South District beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Park is completing his Ph.D. in New Testament at the Claremont School of Theology and is an elder from the Korean Methodist Church in America. The Rev. Hong Yun Won, who is currently appointed to Irvine Dream Korean UMC, will be appointed to Bethany UMC in the Hawaii District.

Pastor Mateo Mamea as Pastor of Community UMC of Borrego Springs

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint Pastor Mateo Mamea to serve as pastor at Community United Methodist Church of Borrego Springs in the South District beginning July 1, 2022.

Pastor Mamea presently is completing his M.Div. at the Claremont School of Theology and was approved for the Local Pastor’s license at the East District Committee of Ministry in May. The Rev. Son-Pom Ye, who is currently appointed to Community UMC of Borrego Springs, will be appointed to Hesperia UMC and Hesperia Korean Mission Church in the East District.

Rev. Darren Cowdrey as Pastor of San Luis Rey Valley UMC

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. Darren Cowdrey to serve as pastor at San Luis Rey Valley United Methodist Church in the South District beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Cowdrey presently is appointed as the Interim Director of Camping and Young People’s Ministry in the California-Nevada Annual Conference. The Rev. Yoo Shim Michelle Park, who is currently appointed to San Luis Rey Valley UMC will be appointed as pastor to Atascadero UMC in the North District.

Pastor Lavaka Malakai as Associate Pastor of Kona UMC

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint Pastor Lavaka Malakai to serve 50% as Associate Pastor at Kona United Methodist Church in the Hawaii District beginning July 1, 2022.

Pastor Malakai is currently a certified candidate in the United Methodist Church and a member of Knollwood UMC in the North District. This will be Pastor Malakai’s first appointment as a local pastor.

Rev. Louise Fairweathre-Baxter as Pastor of Crescenta Valley UMC

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. Louise Fairweathre-Baxter to serve as pastor at Crescenta Valley United Methodist Church in the North District beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Fairweathre-Baxter will be returning to active ministry after being on personal leave. Rev. Denyse Barnes will be appointed as Director of Justice and Compassion Ministries for the Conference beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Stacy Brooks-Dickson as Pastor of Simi Valley UMC

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. Stacy Brooks-Dickson to serve as pastor at Simi Valley United Methodist Church in the North District beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Brooks-Dickson is currently appointed to Torrance First UMC in the West District. Rev. Andy Mattick will be appointed to Valencia UMC in the North District beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Yoo Shim Michelle Park as Pastor of Atascadero UMC

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. Yoo Shim Michelle Park to serve in as pastor at Atascadero United Methodist Church in the North District beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Park is currently appointed to San Luis Rey Valley UMC. Rev. Poteete-Marshall will retire as of June 30, 2022.

Rev. Dr. Antonio Neil Platon III as Pastor of Santa Maria First UMC

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. Dr. Antonio Neil Platon III to serve as pastor at Santa Maria First United Methodist Church in the North District beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Dr. Platon is currently appointed to New Beginnings UMC in the East District. Rev. Robert Isip will be appointed to Kilohana UMC in the Hawaii District as of July 1, 2022.

Rev. Alma Johnson-Hawkins as Pastor of Scott UMC

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. Alma Johnson-Hawkins to serve full time as pastor at Scott United Methodist Church in the North District beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Johnson-Hawkins is currently appointed to Scott UMC as Co-Pastor at 25% and to the conference as Associate Director of Justice & Compassion Ministries at 75%. Rev. Cavalain Hawkins will retire as of June 30, 2022.

Rev. Steven Poteete-Marshall as Pastor of Estero Bay UMC

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. Steven Poteete-Marshall to serve in the retired relationship as pastor at Estero Bay United Methodist Church in the North District beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Poteete-Marshall is currently appointed to Atascadero UMC. Rev. Poteete-Marshall will retire on June 30, 2022, and has served California-Pacific Conference since 1984.

Pastor Dong Hee ‘Donnie’ Bae as Associate Pastor of Aiea Korean UMC  

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint Pastor Dong Hee “Donnie” Bae to serve as Associate Pastor at Aiea Korean United Methodist Church in the Hawaii District beginning July 1, 2022.

Pastor Bae will be commissioned at Annual Conference as a Provisional Elder on June 18, and this will be his first appointment.

Pastor Phil Valdes as Pastor of La Plaza UMC

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint the Pastor Phil Valdes to serve 75% time as pastor at La Plaza United Methodist Church in the West District beginning July 1, 2022.

Pastor Valdes is currently appointed to St. Paul’s UMC in Redondo Beach.

Pastor Lisa Fitzpatrick as Pastor of Culver Palms UMC

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint the Pastor Lisa Fitzpatrick to serve as pastor at Culver Palms United Methodist Church in the West District beginning July 1, 2022.

Pastor Fitzpatrick is currently appointed the Belmont Heights UMC.

Rev. Hee Jung Yu as Pastor of Brea UMC

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. Hee Jung Yu to serve as pastor at Brea United Methodist Church in the East District beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Yu is presently appointed at Chino UMC in the East District.

Rev. Tara Limbaugh as Associate Pastor of La Jolla UMC

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint Rev. Tara Limbaugh to serve as Associate Pastor at La Jolla United Methodist Church in the South District beginning July 1, 2022.

Pastor Limbaugh presently is appointed to the Aldersgate UMC in San Rafael, CA, in the California-Nevada Annual Conference and is a Lieutenant, Navy CCPO (Chaplain Candidacy Program Officer).  She will be ordained as an Elder in that Annual Conference in June.

Rev. Rachel Allen Tabutol as Pastor of Santa Clarita UMC

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. Rachel Allen Tabutol to serve as pastor at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church in the North District beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Tabutol is currently appointed to the Westlake Village UMC as the associate pastor. Rev. Mary Scifres will continue to be appointed to the United Methodist Publishing House as an editor.

Rev. Stephen Meadors as Pastor of Friendly Valley Community UMC

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. Stephen Meadors to serve as pastor at Friendly Valley Community United Methodist Church in the North District beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Meadors is currently appointed to the Estero Bay UMC. Rev. John Wen-Pin Wang will retire June 30, 2022, and has served California-Pacific Conference since 2000.

Rev. Dr. Son-Pom Ye as pastor of Hesperia UMC & Hesperia Korean Mission

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. Dr. Son-Pom Ye to serve as pastor at Hesperia United Methodist Church 75% and Hesperia Korean Mission 25% appointment in the East District beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Dr. Ye is presently appointed at Community UMC of Borrego Springs in the South District. Rev. Hesperia UMC and Hesperia Korean Mission’s current pastor, Rev. Dr. Dae il (David) Choi will be appointed to St. Matthew’s UMC of Hacienda Heights in the East District beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Hong Yun Won as Pastor of Bethany UMC

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. Hong Yun Won to serve as pastor at Bethany United Methodist Church in the Hawaii District beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Won presently is appointed as an Associate Pastor serving the Korean Ministry at University UMC (어바인 드림교회) in the South District. Bethany UMC’s current pastor, the Rev. James Hyun Choi, will be appointed to Bell Memorial UMC (남가주 주님의 교회).

Rev. Luis Garcia as pastor of Chollas View UMC

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. Luis Garcia to continue to serve as a pastor in the South District, serving at Chollas View United Methodist Church in San Diego, moving from a ¼ time to ¾ time appointment and to begin a new ¼ time appointment at Jacumba United Methodist Church, beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Garcia presently serves ¾ time at St. Paul’s UMC of San Diego and ¼ time at Chollas View UMC. The Rev. Daniel Meyer-Abbott, who has continued to serve the Jacumba UMC in retirement for the last six years, will ‘retire’ again!

Pastor Jeffery Grant as pastor of St. Paul’s UMC of San Diego

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint Pastor Jeffery Grant to serve full-time as pastor at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church of San Diego in the South District beginning July 1, 2022.

Pastor Grant is presently appointed at Monrovia UMC in the East District.

Rev. Camille Garmon Mattick as Associate Pastor of Valencia UMC

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. Camille Garmon Mattick to serve as associate pastor at Valencia United Methodist Church in the North District beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Garmon Mattick is presently appointed as the associate pastor at Simi Valley UMC where she has served for ten years. Rev. Michelle Andrews will be appointed to Mission Hills UMC in the South District beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Andrew Mattick as Senior Pastor of Valencia UMC

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. Andrew Mattick to serve as senior pastor at Valencia United Methodist Church in the North District beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Mattick is presently appointed as senior pastor at Simi Valley UMC where he has served for 12 years. Valencia UMC’s current appointed pastor, Rev. Nicole Reilley, will be appointed beyond the local church to Nicole Reilley Coaching and Social Media as Coach and Creative Director beginning July 1, 2022.

Pastor Dr. Monalisa Siofele Lolohea to Conference Staff as Program Manager for Young People

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint Pastor Dr. Monalisa Siofele Lolohea to serve on Conference Staff full time as Program Manager for Young People’s Ministries beginning July 1, 2022.

Pastor Dr. Siofele Lolohea is currently serving Trinity UMC of Pomona ¼ time and as Cal-Pac Conference as the Program Coordinator for Young People ½ time.

Rev. Robert Isip as pastor of Kilohana UMC

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. Robert Isip to serve as pastor at Kilohana United Methodist Church in the Hawaii District beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Isip presently is appointed at Santa Maria First UMC in the North District. Kilohana UMC’s current pastor, the Rev. Jaeman Lim, will retire June 30, 2022, having served in the California-Pacific Conference since 1992.

Rev. Denyse Barnes to Conference Staff as Director of Justice and Compassion EMT

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. Denyse Barnes to serve on Conference Staff full time as Director of Justice and Compassion Ministries beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Barnes is currently serving Crescenta Valley UMC ½ time and Cal-Pac Conference as the Associate Director of Justice and Compassion Ministries ½ time.

Rev. James Dollins as Senior Pastor of San Carlos UMC

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. James Dollins to serve as senior pastor at San Carlos United Methodist Church in the South District beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Dollins presently is appointed at the United UMC of Anaheim in the West District. San Carlos UMC’s current pastor, Rev. Martha Wingfield, will go on personal leave on June 30, 2022.

Pastor Brenda Kilioni Paongo as pastor of Trinity UMC of Pomona

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint Pastor Brenda Kilioni Paongo to serve as pastor 1/4 time at Trinity United Methodist Church of Pomona in the East District beginning July 1, 2022.

Pastor Dr. Monalisa Siofele Lolohea will continue to serve as the Conference Young People’s Ministry Coordinator.

Rev. Dr. Dae Il (David) Choi as pastor of St. Matthew’s UMC of Hacienda Heights

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. Dr. Dae Il (David) Choi to serve as pastor at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church of Hacienda Heights in the East District beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Choi is presently appointed at Hesperia UMC and Hesperia Korean Mission Church in the East District. He has served there for 3 years. Rev. Richard Bentley will retire June 30, 2022, after serving the Cal-Pac Conference for 40 years.

Pastor Michelle Andrews as pastor of Mission Hills UMC

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint Pastor Michelle Andrews to serve as pastor at Mission Hills United Methodist Church in San Diego in the South District beginning July 1, 2022.

Pastor Andrews presently is a local pastor appointed at the Valencia UMC in the North District. Michelle will be commissioned as a provisional Elder at Annual Conference in June. Mission Hills UMC’s current interim pastor, the Rev. Lori Doyle, will enter the retired relationship as of June 30, 2022.

Rev. Elaine Shin-Paull as pastor of First UMC of Canoga Park

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint Rev. Elaine Shin-Paull to serve as pastor at First United Methodist Church of Canoga Park as of July 1, 2022.

Rev. Elaine was previously appointed to Santa Clarita UMC. Rev. Lynn Westover will retire as of June 30, 2022, after having served Cal-Pac conference for 40 years.

Rev. James Hyun Choi as pastor of Bell Memorial UMC

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. James Hyun Choi to serve as pastor at Bell Memorial United Methodist Church (남가주 주님의 교회) in the East District beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Choi presently is appointed at Bethany UMC in the Hawaii District. Bell Memorial UMC’s current pastor, Rev. Nak In Kim, will retire June 30, 2022, having served since 2016.

Rev. Keith Paul Inouye as Senior Pastor of West Los Angeles UMC

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. Keith Paul Inouye to serve West Los Angeles United Methodist Church as Senior Pastor beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Inouye is currently Senior Pastor at Wesley UMC in the Cal-Nevada Conference, where he has served the past 13 years. He previously served the North Gardena/Torrance Faith UMC in the Cal-Pac Conference as Senior Pastor from 1993-2002.

West Los Angeles UMC’s current Senior Pastor, the Rev. Gary Oba, will retire in July having served since 2010. The Rev. Janet Cromwell, Associate Pastor, will also retire in July having served since 2011.

Rev. Christopher Carter as Associate Pastor of Westwood UMC

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. Christopher Carter to serve as an Associate Pastor at Westwood United Methodist Church beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Carter is currently an Assistant Professor of Theology at the University of San Diego and a Faith in Food Fellow at Farm Forward. Most recently, he became the Lead Pastor of the Loft Ministry at Westwood UMC, an innovative approach to Christian Community for those willing to re-think church. He will continue in this role while also contributing to the overall pastoral and administrative tasks of the church.

Pastor VJ Cruz-Báez as pastor of First UMC of El Centro

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint Pastor VJ Cruz-Báez to serve as pastor at First United Methodist Church of El Centro in the South District, beginning May 1, 2022.

Pastor Cruz-Báez presently is appointed at the La Plaza UMC in the West District and will be commissioned this year at Annual Conference.  First UMC of El Centro’s current interim pastor from another denomination, the Rev. Rick Barnes, completed his appointment on February 28, 2022.

Rev. Luan-Vu “Lui” Tran as Senior Pastor of Garden Grove UMC

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. Luan-Vu “Lui” Tran to serve as senior pastor at Garden Grove United Methodist Church in the South District, beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Tran presently is appointed at Brea UMC in the East District.  Garden Grove UMC’s current pastor, Rev. Dr. Bau Dang, will retire June 30, 2022, having served as a elder in the California-Pacific Annual Conference since 1991.

Rev. Lamuel Jacob as pastor of Hindi-Urdu UM Mission Congregation

Bishop Grant  Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. Lamuel Jacob to serve as pastor in the retired relationship 1/2 time at Hindi-Urdu United Methodist Mission beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Jacob is currently appointed at Hindi-Urdu in the active relationship where he has served since 2009. He will retire as of June 30, 2022.

Rev. Leandro “Marc” Marcos Jr. as pastor of Christ UMC of Santa Maria

Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. Leandro “Marc” Marcos Jr. to serve as pastor in the retired relationship 3/4 time at Christ United Methodist Church of Santa Maria beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Marcos is currently appointed at Christ UMC of Santa Maria in the active relationship where he has served since 2016. He will retire as of June 30, 2022.

Bishop Hagiya along with the Cabinet are thankful for the many of you who support our collective work during Appointment Season. Each week as pastors are discerned and introduced, they will be announced to the Conference. As these pastors and the faith communities start weaving together their unique gifts and graces for ministry lift them in prayer.

RESOURCES

Bishop Grant J. Hagiya
Resident Bishop
626.568.7313 | bishop@calpacumc.org

Rev. Melissa Roux MacKinnon
Dean of the Appointed Cabinet
mmackinnon@calpacumc.org

Margaret Irwin
Senior Executive Assistant to the Bishop
626.568.7313 | mirwin@calpacumc.org

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