We are a congregation of persons inspired by Christ to care for one another, care for all our neighbors, and care for our Lompoc community.
Since 1874 First United Methodist Church has been an essential part of the Lompoc community bringing the Good News and God’s love to all.
Reverend Terry Fisher (“Terry”) and Professor Pamela Fisher (“Pam”) are a Methodist clergy couple of 20 years. Terry has served as senior pastor in Methodist congregations of 200-300 in Ohio, Michigan, and Florida. While serving as a pastor from 1996-2004 at a San Francisco/Stanford area megachurch of over 5,000 members, Terry also attended Fuller Seminary and completed his master’s degree in theology in 2004. Terry retired from full-time Methodist ministry in 2016 from Loveland United Methodist in the Cincinnati area; and since 2018, Terry has served one-quarter time as a retired appointed pastor at Winchester United Methodist, a heritage ranch town church of 50 members.
Terry and Pam returned to their California families in 2016 when Pam joined the faculty at Azusa Pacific University in Los Angeles as a professor of communication studies and director of the digital media studies B.A. program. From 1996-2010 Pam served as editor and storytelling coach at USA Today News network sites in Ohio, Michigan, and Florida and Zondervan Study Bibles. In 2013, she earned a master’s degree from Miami, Oxford and went on to serve on full-time faculty at Cincinnati-area universities.
For 20 years, Terry and Pam have taught together at national conferences and congregations and served as co-editors of a Cook Publishing ministry journal. Both have been published extensively in magazines, newspapers, ministry journals and books. Their two children, Dr. Alyssa Fisher and Alexander Fisher, did their graduate studies together at Bowling Green University. Alyssa and Alexander both work at Western Governor’s University and share a household. Alyssa also teaches graduate communication studies with her mom at Azusa Pacific University. The family often travels together to Alaska, Mexico, and Hawaii and loves the beach, reading, and spending time with their black labs, Primrose and Phoebe.
Terry is delighted to be living near his 92-year-old mother, Marge, his sister and his brother, Mick Greer, who is the director of facilities at Lompoc Hospital, while Pam is excited to live near her LePley family in Ballard. Terry and Pam are both on campus at FUMC Sunday - Wednesday mornings but be sure to call their voicemail at 805-736-1271 ext. 1002 for an appointment as Terry works 10 hours a week as a retired Methodist clergy appointment, and spends afternoons cooking for his mom, while Pam works 30 hours. You can also email them at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
Connie and Enrique have worked for FUMC for more than ten years. Connie is the custodian and Enrique also helps to keep our church clean. Enrique is also our Gardener and keeps the grounds looking nice and green. We appreciate you both and thank you for your dedication and hard work.
Assistant, Barbara Walsh, is a California
native from Carpinteria, Barbara loves the outdoors, sunshine, and the Pacific
Ocean. After graduating Carpinteria High
School and attending Santa Barbara City College, she relocated to Old Saybrook,
Connecticut for six years where she enjoyed the four seasons of New England and
the East Coast culture. Returning to California,
Barbara began legal studies and worked for 13 years at Hollister & Brace, a
law firm located in Santa Barbara and Los Olivos. Barbara was especially close to her parents,
Robert & Nita Parker, who managed the Gaviota General Store at Gaviota
State Beach from 1982 to 1991. Barbara’s
parents also started the original Lompoc Swap Meet in 1989 on So. I Street,
which was a Lompoc favorite event until it closed in 2006. Barbara is happiest with her family which
includes her son Justin, daughter-in-law
Tara, granddaughter Trin-Trin, niece Kelsie and nephews Chris, Eric and
Nicholas. She enjoys hiking around Gaviota and is passionate about preserving that part of the coastline. Hobbies are photography, writing, hard puzzles,
and Chess. Barbara is also a California
Literacy Tutor through the Lompoc Library.
Favorite Trips: 101 to Washington
State and just about any long road trip with a good book. Favorite Places: Todos Santos, Baja; Kenai, Alaska; and the
Pt. Reyes Seashore. Favorite Book: Too many to count, but the Chicago Manual of
Style is always fun. Idea of Fun: Shakespeare studies at AHC.
Barbara is in the office Monday thru Thursday 9:00 – 12:00 and 12:30 – 2:30. Please do not hesitate to contact her for any of your FUMC needs.
Kathleen joined the staff at First United Methodist Church of Lompoc in April 2016. As Director of Music, she provides organ and piano music for all of the worship services, directs and accompanies the Chancel Choir and collaborates with soloists and instrumentalists to provide special music throughout the year. Kathleen brings to this position a broad musical experience of more than 40 years as a choral conductor, organist, pianist, mezzo soprano soloist, trumpet player and music educator and feels extremely blessed to have the opportunity to inspire others to praise God through music.
A native Californian, she grew up in the Los Angeles suburb of El Monte and received her bachelor of music degree in voice and music education from California State University, Fullerton with advanced studies in choral conducting and vocal pedagogy. Currently, Kathleen also serves as Director of the Lompoc Valley Master Chorale, provides music workshops for schools in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties through Children’s Creative Project and maintains a private vocal and piano studio. When she is not working, Kathleen loves spending time outdoors enjoying the beautiful Central Coast. Kathleen and her husband Tommy reside in Lompoc and have four grown children.