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Rev. Jeffrey D. Hall – Senior Pastor

hall_smallRev. Jeffrey D. Hall began serving the Stockton community July 1, 2013 as Senior Pastor of Central United Methodist Church. Prior to this appointment, he served the Historic Japanese American Community at Wesley United Methodist Church in San Jose, as well as the Tahoe and Sierra communities of Truckee and Portola, CA.

Originally from Connecticut, he moved out west shortly after being honorably discharged from the US Air Force as a Military Police Officer. He received his Call to Ministry at Oregon State University during a Religious Studies class and subsequently enrolled at Nazarene Bible College, where he received a BA in Biblical Studies. He went on to earn an MA in Religion from Claremont School of Theology and was granted the Award for Excellence in Biblical Studies.

While at Central, Jeffrey is committed to cultivating the historic ties between the United Methodist Church and the University of the Pacific as well as Stockton’s broader academic community; creating vital relationships with residents, programs and agencies in the greater area; and moving the church “Beyond Our Building” with a vision for compassionate service to the city of Stockton.

Areas of interest include Leadership, Gender and Sexuality, Wesleyan Theology, and Ethnographic Studies in Religion. He and his wife, Jennifer, live in Stockton and their son, Ned, is a student at Cal-Poly Pomona.

 
Rev. Kien Srey – Associate Pastor

srey_smallPastor Kien Srey comes to central as a locally licensed pastor and works primarily with our Cambodian congregation. Born in Cambodia and raised Buddhist, Pastor Kien fled the killing fields of Cambodia and came to the United States in 1980 and began cultivating a call into Christian ministry in the early 1980’s. After moving to San Jose, CA to study theology, Pastor Kien met his wife and started their now family of 6. In 2005, Pastor Kien finished his theological studies at Claremont School of Theology in Pasadena, CA and officially became a locally licensed pastor.

Pastor Kien’s passion for ministry comes to him through his strong relationship with Jesus Christ and a love for his Cambodian brothers and sisters. Seeing a lack for social and spiritual resources for the Cambodian people, Pastor Kien acts as an advocate and servant to and for the Cambodian people who reside here in the U.S. and back in Cambodia. 

Through his devotion to Christ, Pastor Kien believes that we are called to be connected by spirit, mind, and body, with Christ and those around us. "

 
Rev. Dr. Gary Putnam – Pastor Emeritus

putnam_smallThe Rev. Dr. Gary Putnam served as Senior Pastor at Central UMC 1990-2003. His is the longest tenure of all pastors in the 166 years of our church. Previously he served as Pacific's University Chaplain, and in campus ministries in Iowa and Wisconsin.

 
Alan Cook – Director of Family Ministries

cook_smallAlan is a son of a retired United Methodist minister.  His growing up years were spent in small and medium size communities in Northern New York, Hollywood and Blythe California.  He is a graduate of University of the Pacific and before coming to Central he worked as a Development Director for several non-profit agencies.  He was also a teacher and principal at St. George Parish School. After sixteen years at St. George he returned to Pacific School of Religion and received a Masters in Divinity.  While attending PSR he joined the staff of Central and has been here for the past ten years. 

Alan and his wife Jane have two adult children and three grandchildren.  He loves spending time with them.

 
Robbie Frederiksen – Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries

fredericksen_smallRobbie first felt called into young people’s ministry while working for youth service and empowerment non-profits in his late teens and early 20’s. While working for the Sierra Service Project, Robbie developed an understanding that service to others and a spiritual faith go hand in hand. He comes to us from Portland, Oregon where he studied Youth Ministry and Church Recreation at George Fox University.

During his first few years in ministry, Robbie felt a significant call-to-action based on Micah 6:8, to “Seek Justice, Love Kindness, and Walk Humbly” and it is with this theme that Robbie works to build upon youth and young adult programs here at Central.

In his spare time Robbie enjoys reading, cycling, and desperately searching for the best pizza in town. Robbie loathes glitter, pickles, and flat tires.

 
Susie Moore – Church Administrator and Wedding Consultant

moore_smallSusie joined the Central team in the fall of 2013 as the Church Administrator. Her friendly smile is the first thing people see when they come by the office during the week. Susie oversees the daily operations of the church, facilities and supervision of volunteers and facility staff. She also coordinates the many activities, events, tenants and church programs.

She enjoys designing the newsletter, flyers, signs, brochures and invitations for the various church events and ministries. She also creates the logos and graphics for special events.

Another responsibility Susie has taken on is that of Wedding Consultant for those getting married at Central. She started working as a wedding consultant in 1998 at a church in San Francisco. Since then she has assisted many couples with their special day, striving to insure that every wedding day is a joyous and wonderful event. 

Susie graduated from University of Pacific with a degree in Communication. Before coming to Central, she worked in the Human Resources Department at California Pacific Medical Center and for St. John’s Presbyterian Church, both in San Francisco.

If she is not at work, you can find her spending time with her two boysl. She loves anything outdoors and in the mountains.  Her hobbies and likes are: hiking, biking, reading and photography.

 
Martha Tipton – Parish Visitor

tipton_smallMartha coordinates Central’s Ministry to Seniors, working with adults in many stages of life transitions.  Her primary focus is visitation, caring for those suffering illness or loss, and supporting those facing life changes or difficult situations.

She works with teams of volunteers whose spiritual gifts are helping and serving others through visits, calls, prayer, prayer shawls, transportation, and dealing with the issues of aging.  She acts as a clearinghouse for linking people with needs to appropriate resources and facilitates a weekly Caregivers’ Support Group at Central.

A lifelong United Methodist from a very large family, Martha took a circuitous route to becoming Central’s Parish Visitor in 2006. Her prior lives as a parent, English teacher, orthodontic practice manager, dorm director, newsletter editor, and administrative assistant in building materials all contributed to helping her deal with Senior issues. Plus, caring for two parents with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Her life is people and music. Between them, she and Rick have 3 adult children--one in Europe, three grands, and one great-grandson. She loves the Sierra and the coast, travel and reading, Tai Chi, Kakuro, and puzzles.

 
Elaine Oneto-Galbreath – Nursery School Director

oneto-galbreath_smallElaine has taught at Central Methodist Nursery School since 1997 as the transitional kindergarten teacher. She became director of the school in 2014. Most parents and students know her as Ms. “G.” because she still teaches in the mornings while handling director duties in the afternoon. Elaine’s passion lies in helping children learn and grow in self-confidence.

If Elaine isn’t at school you might find her running or working in her garden. Elaine has two grown daughters, Mary and Allison who are alumni of the school.

 
Ric Campero – Choir Director

campero_smallRicardo Campero received a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from the University of the Pacific, Conservatory of Music in Stockton, CA.  He is a dedicated music educator teaching choir and band in Ceres Unified Schools for over 28 years.  He also directs the Chancel Choir at Central United Methodist Church in Stockton. 

Ric is a member of the Stockton Chorale and serves as assistant director as well as director of the Stockton Singers Choir.  He has been the music director for several musicals including, Carousel, West Side Story, Pippin, Carnival, The Me Nobody Knows and Guys and Dolls.

Known for his effortless lyrical voice, Ric is in demand as a featured soloist; performing in the Sonora Bach Festival Concert Series, Georgetown Concert Series and with Townsend Opera Players, the Stockton Opera, Ernie Bucio Wind Symphony, Merced Symphony, Stockton Symphony and the Stockton Chorale. He has also performed with the San Francisco Festival Chorus.

Ric has been guest conductor for Stanislaus, San Joaquin and Tuolumne County Honor Festivals, and is a Solo and Ensemble adjudicator for the Bay Area CMEA, Stockton Unified School District and Manteca Unified School District.

 
Inez Pope – Organist
pope_smallInez Pope, our organist since 1960, was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. She began piano lessons at age 4 and organ at 15. Her years at Classical High School, during performances of Verdi’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Elgar’s The Apostles, with soloists from the Metropolitan Opera, led to a lifelong yearning to make and study wonderful music. Delta, UOP, summer sessions at Westminster Choir College and teachers, like Richard Purvis and Roger Nyquist, have helped her, with the assistance of wonderful choir directors, to make the music program at Central outstanding. She has performed 3 worldwide Premier Performances, the most important one at Westminster Abby with the London Brass and the composer, Sir Arthur Bliss, in the audience.