This year Bishop Dyck and the Appointive Cabinet would like to begin the process of sharing what we will refer to as “clear opens” in the annual appointment making process. These “clear opens” will consist of full-time and part-time appointment opportunities to local churches effective July 1, 2023. Additions to the list will be made as the Bishop and Appointive Cabinet move through the appointment making process over the coming months. Not all potential appointments will be listed, as in some instances the Bishop and Appointive Cabinet will already have a pastor discerned or because the opening comes too late in the process.
 
If you are interested in one of these churches, you are asked to contact your District Superintendent and provide them with a short explanation of why you are interested, and how you feel your gifts would be a good match for that ministry setting. Expressing your interest does not guarantee you will receive that particular appointment, rather it provides a way for you to ensure that you are intentionally considered as the Bishop and Appointive Cabinet discern possibilities.
 
Any expressions of interest in clear open appointments will be held in confidence by the Bishop and Appointive Cabinet. You are encouraged to learn more about any clear open appointment by reviewing the church’s website or social media presence and the pertinent year end statistical information provided in the Conference Journal. Please refrain from contacting the current pastor or folks affiliated with the particular congregation.
 
The hope is that this process will provide an additional avenue for consultation and constructive interaction between our clergy and the Appointive Cabinet and Bishop.


Full-Time Clear Opens


Bay District 

Alameda, Embrace UMC, Alameda CA

Superintendent, Bay District


Central Valley District 

Bakersfield, First UMC, Bakersfield, CA

Fresno, St. Paul's UMC, Fresno, CA

Stockton, Holy Cross UMC, Stockton CA


El Camino Real District 

Pacific Grove, First UMC, Pacific Grove CA

UMC of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz CA


Great Northern District 

Chico, Aldersgate UMC, Chico CA

Nevada City UMC, Nevada City CA

Redding, First UMC, Redding CA

Yuba City, First UMC, Yuba City CA (Sr. Pastor)


Los Rios District 

Richmond, Open Door UMC, Richmond CA

Fairfield Community UMC, Fairfield CA

Pinole UMC, Pinole CA

Sacramento, Centennial UMC, Sacramento CA

Sacramento, St. Andrew's UMC, Sacramento CA


Part-Time Clear Opens


Bay District 


Central Valley District 

Reedley, First UMC, Reedley CA (1/4 time)


El Camino Real District 


Great Northern District 

Roseville, First UMC, Roseville CA (3/4 time)

Fortuna UMC, Fortuna CA (3/4 time)

Clearlake, Community UMC, Clearlake CA (1/4 time assigned CLM)

Ely UMC, Ely NV (3/4 time)

Kelseyville UMC, Kelseyville CA (1/4 time assigned CLM)


Los Rios District 

Antioch UMC, Antioch CA (3/4 time)


2023-2024 Appointments


Sacramento, First UMC, Sacramento CA

District: Los Rios
Pastor: Peter Mahsea Evans
From: Roseville, First UMC, Roseville CA
Effective: 07/01/2023

Alamo, San Ramon Valley UMC, Alamo CA

District: El Camino Real
Pastor: Samuel Yun
From: Alameda, Embrace UMC, Alameda CA
Effective: 07/01/2023

Retirement

District:
Pastor: Richard Thompson
From: Bakersfield, First UMC, Bakersfield CA
Effective: 07/01/2023

Personal Leave

District:
Pastor: Andrew Davis
From: Alamo, San Ramon Valley UMC, Alamo CA
Effective: 07/01/2023

Retirement

District:
Pastor: Anne Choy
From: Fairfield Community UMC, Fairfield CA
Effective: 07/01/2023

Personal Leave

District:
Pastor: Caitlin Hamilton
From: Richmond, Open Door UMC, Richmond CA
Effective: 07/01/2023

Personal Leave

District:
Pastor: Catharine Morris
From: Family Leave
Effective: 07/01/2023

Retirement

District:
Pastor: David Park
From: Sacramento, St. Andrew's UMC, Sacramento CA
Effective: 07/01/2023

Retirement

District:
Pastor: Elmar DeOcera
From: Pinole UMC, Pinole CA
Effective: 07/01/2023

Retirement

District:
Pastor: Gail Chiew
From: Nevada City UMC, Nevada City CA
Effective: 07/01/2023

Retirement

District:
Pastor: Gary Pope-Sears
From: Stockton, Holy Cross UMC, Stockton CA
Effective: 07/01/2023

Retirement

District:
Pastor: Gayle Basten
From: Pacific Grove, First UMC, Pacific Grove CA
Effective: 07/01/2023

Retirement

District:
Pastor: James Woffinden
From: Ely UMC, Ely NV
Effective: 07/01/2023

Retirement

District:
Pastor: Jay Pierce
From: United Methodist Church of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz CA
Effective: 07/01/2023

Retirement

District:
Pastor: Joseph Major
From: Redding, First UMC, Redding CA
Effective: 07/01/2023

Retirement

District:
Pastor: Kimberly Risedorph
From: Alamo, San Ramon Valley UMC, Alamo CA
Effective: 07/01/2023

Retirement

District:
Pastor: Linda Ford
From: Fortuna UMC, Fortuna CA
Effective: 07/01/2023

Retirement

District:
Pastor: Lois Black
From: Yuba City, First UMC, Yuba City CA
Effective: 07/01/2023

Retirement

District:
Pastor: Neal Harris
From: Reedley, First UMC, Reedley CA & Riverdale UMC, Riverdale CA
Effective: 07/01/2023

Retirement

District:
Pastor: Renae Extrum-Fernandez
From: Sacramento, Centennial UMC, Sacramento CA
Effective: 07/01/2023

Retirement

District:
Pastor: Rodger Brayfindley
From: Sacramento, First UMC, Sacramento CA
Effective: 07/01/2023

Retirement

District:
Pastor: Scott Allred
From: Chico, Aldersgate UMC, Chico CA
Effective: 07/01/2023

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