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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.


23sep9:00 AM2:30 PMWest District UWF: Opening Our Hearts to Welcome Others (United Women in Faith)9:00 AM - 2:30 PM PDT

23sep9:30 AM1:30 PMNorth District UWF: And Justice for All... 2023 (United Women in Faith)9:30 AM - 1:30 PM PDT

23sepAll DayUMCOR ERT Training - Big Island, HI - Sept 2023 (Disaster Response)(All Day: saturday) HST

30sep8:00 AM5:00 PMBasic ERT Training - CA - Sept 2023 (Disaster Response)8:00 AM - 5:00 PM PDT

07oct11:30 AMLaity Fall Retreat 2023 - CA (Laity Council)11:30 AM PDT

14oct8:00 AM5:00 PMBasic ERT Training - CA - Oct 2023 (Disaster Response)8:00 AM - 5:00 PM PDT

14oct3:00 PM6:00 PMAnnual Tardeada 2023 (Museum of Social Justice)3:00 PM - 6:00 PM PDT

21oct9:00 AM3:00 PMCal-Pac UWF 51st Annual Celebration (United Women in Faith)9:00 AM - 3:00 PM PDT

26oct(oct 26)5:30 PM16nov(nov 16)7:30 PMCLM Course Cycle F: Leadership in the Wesleyan Way 2023 (Leadership)(october 26) 5:30 PM - (november 16) 7:30 PM PT


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 |
Hawaiʻi District:
  • Tupou Seini Kelemeni, Lay Leader, Hawaiʻi District
    808.548.9860 |
  • Francis H Fukumoto, Associate Lay Leader, Hawaiʻi District
    808.371.7694 |
  • Minja Kim Choe, Associate Lay Leader, Hawaiʻi 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 |

Jacqueline ‘Jackie’ Campbell
Cal-Pac United Women in Faith Representative
310.922.2647 |

  • 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”
HAWAIʻI 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)”