Ministerial Education & Guidance Board

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.


The Ministerial Education and Guidance (commonly called the MEG) is responsible for qualifying, guiding, counseling, and mentoring candidates for ordination as they prepare for ministry. In addition, the MEG is responsible for pastoral accountability, disciplinary actions, and partnering in restoration. 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.

Acosta, Juana

San Bernardino, Centro Nueva Esperanza

Altamirano, Elizabeth

Santa Ana, Santa Ana Free Methodist Church

Alvarez, Antonio

Escondido, The Foundry Community Church

Alvarez, Joe

Riverside, California Avenue Christian Fellowship

Alvarez, Natalia

Azusa, Iglesia Confraternidad Cristiana

Alvarez, Soo Ji

Riverside, California Avenue Christian Fellowship

Alyas, Suheal

El Cajon, Arabic FMC

Anderson, Larry

Central Christian College of Kansas

Andriese, Christina

Murrieta, Centerpoint Church

Araque, Angel

Sylmar, Light & Life Sylmar

Ashmore, Jan

Rancho Cucamonga, Cucamonga Christian Fellowship

Ball, Irving “Skip”


Balram, Shannon

Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Free Methodist Church

Beasley, Terry

Paramount, Chapel of Change Christian Fellowship

Beckwith, Dennis

Azusa, Foothill Community Church

Beckwith, Rhonda

Azusa, Foothill Community Church

Bejarano, Maria

Outside Denomination - Sunrise Church

Bejarano, Moises

Outside Denomination - Sunrise Church

Benites, Leslie

Santa Ana, Santa Ana Free Methodist Church

Birge, Traci

Azusa, Foothill Community Church

Bishop, Dan


Blackwell, Don

Downey, Light and Life Downey

Boddie, Robert

Isla Vista, Light and Life Isla Vista

Bongoyok, Mbamba

Pasadena, The Bridge Christian Fellowship

Bongoyok, Moussa

Pasadena, The Bridge Christian Fellowship

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

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Watch Online

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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.