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.
I was born and raised in Findlay, Ohio, a small community about 40 miles south of Toledo. I’m the oldest of three children. I received my Bachelors Degree in Ohio, spending two years at Ohio State (Go Buckeyes!) and then finished my B.S. in Education at Bowling Green State University.
Following college, I taught elementary school for several years and then joined the non-profit sector. In 1984, I moved to California and continued working for non-profits, until I eventually found my way to the private sector where I worked in healthcare technologies.
After answering my call to ministry in 1999 I began my Masters of Divinity at the Claremont School of Theology, graduating in 2004. While under appointment as a student local pastor I served at the United Methodist Church of Twentynine Palms and Christ by the Mountains UMC in Rancho Cucamonga. Following graduation I spent one year under appointment to a new church start in the San Diego area. I have also served as the associate pastor at Northridge UMC and as the senior pastor at La Mirada UMC, Montebello UMC, First UMC El Monte and Light of the Canyon UMC, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church – Tarzana, Christ Church by the Sea in Newport Beach, and now here in. Lompoc at First United Methodist Church.
I feel a deep passion for the local church and its ability to make disciples of Christ. My previous appointments and training have prepared me well for developing and revitalizing congregations. While under appointment to plant a new church in San Diego, I was afforded the opportunity to train with and to be coached by nationally recognized church planters. My desire is to assist local churches with understanding the health of their church and to develop new life, new energy, and new strategies for growth and disciple-making.
I am single and have two miniature dachshunds, Louie and Lara, who are the apples of my eye. I enjoy spending time with friends, hiking and swimming, reading and watching movies; and, just about any old thing you can think of to do.
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.
Yolanda is our Church Secretary, she is ecstatic, to be able to be a part of FUMC and assist wherever she is needed. Yolanda is married to Connie, who is a member of our church, and they have two dogs named Simba & Kopa. She is a college student at Allan Hancock and majoring in Psychology and Nursing. On her spare time, she enjoys nature hikes, beach walks and is an Assistant Event Planner. She also loves to laugh, dance & sing. We are excited to have her here. Please do not hesitate to contact her for any of your FUMC needs, she is excited to meet everyone in person and/or over the telephone.