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Laity Council

Laity Council of the California-Pacific Conference is dedicated to supporting our local diverse churches through identifying, training, equipping, and transforming Christian disciples and lay leaders into fruitful, spirit-led leaders.


03may(may 3)5:30 PM24(may 24)7:30 PMCLM Course Cycle C: Developing Disciples 2023 (Leadership)5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (24) PDT

22may12:00 PM1:00 PMLunch & Learn with the Board of Ordained Ministry (BOM) - May 202312:00 PM - 1:00 PM PDT

23may7:00 PMCamp Open House on Zoom (Camp & Retreat)7:00 PM PDT

28may1:00 PM5:00 PMCamp Extravaganza 2023 (Wrightwood)1:00 PM - 5:00 PM PDT

04jun3:00 PM5:00 PMWest District UWF Spring Event 2023: Lifting Our Bodies & Spirits (United Women in Faith)3:00 PM - 5:00 PM PDT

05jun(jun 5)6:00 PM07(jun 7)7:30 PMAC2023: Pre-Conference Workshops6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (7) PDT

14julAll Day16Mission u 2023 (UWFaith)(All Day) PDT

20julAll Day23NAIC 2023 Family Camp (CONAM)(All Day) PDT

25julAll Day28YOUTH 2023 (UMC Discipleship)(All Day) PDT


Mele Maka
Conference Lay Leader
805.217.1901 |

East District:
  • Diane Gin, Lay Leader, East District
    323.243.5323 |
  • Annie Solomon, Lay Leader, East District
    760.221.6650 |
  • Marcia Galland, Associate Lay Leader, East District
    626.664.4711 |
  • Dennis Hemminger, Associate Lay Leader, East District
    909.496 .6078 |
Hawai’i District:
  • Tupou Seini Kelemeni, Lay Leader, Hawai’i District
    808.548.9860 |
  • Francis H Fukumoto, Associate Lay Leader, Hawai’i District
    808.371.7694 |
  • Minja Kim Choe, Associate Lay Leader, Hawai’i District
    808.222.9302 |
North District:
  • JP Harris, Lay Leader, North District
    626.664.3116 |
  • Richard Best, Associate Lay Leader, North District
    805.934.2081 |
  • Wanda Bethea, Associate Lay Leader, North District
    626.568.7318 |
  • Ben Liu, Associate Lay Leader, North District
    805.907.2261 |
  • Wanda McNeal, Associate Lay Leader, North District
    661.478.0870 |
  • Gloria Wright, Associate Lay Leader, North District
    661.947.3103 |
South District:
  • Michael Mitchell, Lay Leader, South District
    760.717.0797 |
West District:
  • Andre Aldridge, Co-Lay Leader, West District
    310.625.5231 |
  • Mercy Herstad, Co-Lay Leader, West District
    562.257.8131 |

Howard Fallman
Conference Director, Lay Servant Ministries
818.955.8164 |

Eutha Hankinson
Cal-Pac United Methodist Women Representative
818.767.3508 |

  • Radical, Christ-centered leaderships
  • Cultural, race and LGBTQIA+ relevant
  • Leadership training and development for all generations
  • Leadership competency that is multi-contextual, multi-cultural, multi-racial and cross-cultural
  • Extensive collaboration, transparency and accountability
  • An integrated process of recruiting, training and supporting laity, lay servant ministry and local lay leaders who are competent and going on to perfection resulting in a dynamic vital and growing ministry
EAST DISTRICT – Priority: “Supporting ministries that serve young laity”
HAWAI’I DISTRICT – Priority: “Developing the skills of laity to lead the church into a digital, community centered and inclusive future”
NORTH DISTRICT – Priority: “Increasing and improving communication from the Annual Conference to Laity”
SOUTH DISTRICT – Priority: “Creating networks of support amongst laity for ministries that serve our communities”
WEST DISTRICT – Priority: “Amplifying the voice and participation of laity on important social justice matters (such as immigration, food insecurity, anti-racism, homelessness)”