Event Information

Annual Conference is an exciting time to celebrate what God is doing throughout the Free Methodist Church and we want you to be part of it. Find out how you can make the most of the Annual Conference Experience.

Attend Annual Conference

If you are attending in person, you’ll find everything you need to enjoy a wonderful day together.

Watch Online

Watch live with us on May 14, 2022, or watch at any time through our archived video links.


If you are a voting member of the Free Methodist Church in Southern California, it is both your honor and responsibility to vote for our church leaders. Find out how.

Standing Rules

Our standing rules provide a structure for how we do business and make decisions at Annual Conference. Read the complete set of rules online.

Boards and Committees

Free Methodists are a diverse group of believers, hailing from all walks of life. Our leadership across the Southern California conference mirrors that diversity through a commitment to an equal mix of clergy and lay leaders (non-clergy), the empowerment of traditionally underrepresented people, and the engagement of communities across the broad socioeconomic spectrum that makes up Southern California.


Superintendents provide for vision alignment and implementation, leadership development, and guidance for the administration and growth of the church.

Board of Administration

The standing administrative committee of the conference, established to create and manage policy of the entire conference within the limits of the Book of Discipline.

Nominating Committee

Responsible for preparing for the annual conference a list of nominations for positions vacated by either resignation or expiration of terms.

Ministerial Education & Guidance Committee

Responsible for qualifying, guiding, counseling, and mentoring candidates for ordination as they prepare for ministry.

Ministerial Appointments Committee

Responsible for appointing qualified ministers to ministries and monitoring progress and growth.

Kingdom Ministry Group

Develops sustainable and vital Free Methodist Societies by sponsoring church planting projects and caring for societies requiring revitalization.

Finance Committee

Reviews and recommends action on all matters concerning financial actions of the local church and the conference at large.

The Management Group

Provides oversight for The Management Group, a for-benefit corporation of the FMCSC that provides bookkeeping and administrative services for eligible ministries.


We like to say that “it’s good to belong.” Within the Free Methodist Church, our elders are members of a ministerial tradition that seeks to disciple effective church leaders and grow ministries.

Incoming Leaders

Join us in welcoming our new Ministerial Candidates and incoming Elders for 2022.

Ministerial Members

Meet our elders serving throughout Southern California and beyond.

Annual Conference Delegates

Our delegates vote for leaders, provide feedback during decision making, and are an essential part of Annual Conference each year.


We remember those who have gone on to be with Christ and celebrate their impact on the Kingdom of God.

Greetings from Special Appointments

Not every elder is appointed to a traditional church ministry. Hear from elders who serve in unique ministries around the world.

Board of Administration

Boards and Committees
Representing Our Conference

The pastors, delegates, board members, staff, and national leaders that all come to Annual Conference provide meaningful, diverse representation for our churches. We are blessed to have leaders that truly reflect the diversity of our churches.

Annual Conference Report

The role of the BOA is to serve alongside our Superintendent Team in caring for our churches, pastors, and ministries. We are responsible for addressing needs brought to us by local pastors and societies, either financial or otherwise, and we make decisions to prayerfully serve the Kingdom of God in Southern California. This board, with our traditional lay-clergy balance, is a place of support and reporting for our superintendents, and acts on behalf of all of you in between Annual Conferences.

I will be giving a brief overview of the BOA actions this year. For more details, the minutes are always available and any member of the board is happy to talk to you.

Of primary importance to this Conference is our transition this past year from a three-superintendent model to a single one. Early in the conference year, the BOA approved Glen Prior’s request to leave his term early for personal reasons, and in consultation with Bishop Whitehead, we appointed Jon Sato as Interim Superintendent. We prayerfully came alongside Fraser Venter as he was asked to work for the denomination as Strategic Catalyst for Love-Driven Justice in the middle of the year. And, we supported and approved a long-needed sabbatical for Superintendent Latchison.

As the Search Committee selected Jon Sato for the role of our next Superintendent, the BOA Executive Team worked with the Bishop to construct an appropriate compensation package, which was agreed to by all parties. As a board, we are excited to collaborate with Supt. Sato to streamline processes and create new systems as we all work together for the mission of reaching Southern California for Christ.

As these transitions occurred, the BOA has noted that as a conference, we need a more consistent sabbatical policy, both for conference leadership, as well as for local pastors. Our goal in the upcoming year is to explore this to provide consistency and stability for our pastors, as so many of us can feel burnt out after extensive years of service.

In this past year, we have approved over $650,000 in grants and loan forgiveness to four different churches who shared opportunities for growth and change in their communities. We are also reviewing our principles and procedures for churches to request grants, both to care for Conference resources, as well as to incentivize churches to find new ways to minister to their neighbors.

Furthermore, under the guidance of Evan Collins, the Conference took all of the loans we were carrying for churches, and transferred them to the Free Methodist Foundation, so that they could be the lending arm of our conference, and we could focus on giving grants where needed.

Finally, we voted to sell the Redlands property, and are working closely with Los Angeles Community Church to restore their building, which would enable them to worship and minister to their neighborhood more effectively.

Again, please feel free to ask me or any BOA member, if you have questions about our actions, or simply what we do. It is an honor to serve alongside all of you for the glory of God.

Respectfully submitted by Colleen Hurley-Bates

Download the 2022 Approved Budget (PDF)


The Board of Administration (commonly called the BOA) functions as the standing administrative committee of the conference between Annual Conference seatings. Their focus is to create and manage policy of the entire conference within the limits of the Book of Discipline. As with all Free Methodist Church leadership, the board is composed of an equal number of ministerial and lay (non-ordained) leaders.


This list represents the board members for the 2021-2022 term as of Annual Conference 2022.

Alvarez, Soo Ji

Riverside, California Avenue Christian Fellowship

Canada, Joshua

Azusa, Foothill Community Church

Coleman, Janelle

Rancho Cucamonga, Cucamonga Christian Fellowship

Collins, Evan

Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Free Methodist Church

Duberowski, Carol

Garden Grove, Living Spring Church

Goetz, Randy

Santa Barbara, Free Methodist Church of Santa Barbara

Greer, Adrian

Azusa, Foothill Community Church

Helmers, Gary

Garden Grove, Living Spring Church

Hurley-Bates, Colleen

Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Free Methodist Church

Latchison, Charles

Long Beach, Light & Life Christian Fellowship - West

Luna, Ruben

Los Angeles, Marina Christian Fellowship

Mendoza, Joe

National City, Emmanuel

Sato, Jon

Azusa, Foothill Community Church

Seyfert, Wendy

Azusa, Foothill Community Church

Song, Edward

Santa Barbara, Free Methodist Church of Santa Barbara

Venter, Fraser

Rancho Cucamonga, Cucamonga Christian Fellowship

Warth, Laura

Paramount, Chapel of Change Christian Fellowship