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.

Nominating Committee

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 Nominating Committee has been hard at work since October of 2021. They met virtually in November to help onboard new committee members and develop strategies for the upcoming nominations process. They drafted a Values for Serving document that helped shape the language used in the Nominating Committee videos that were posted in January and February of 2022. They updated position descriptions, included a new one for General Conference delegates as well as helped right size the number of board/committee positions needed for a board/committee to serve effectively. Most notably, the number of positions on the BOA and MEG board were reduced from that of previous years.

Last year in our standing rules we made the change that we no longer needed to take nominations from the floor of annual conference and instead the Nominating Committee would do the vetting of people whose names were presented by the conference members and then submit the names to the BOA for approval before putting those names on the ballot. This also prevents the Nominating Committee from nominating themselves since they did solicit names from the conference through the online nominations process. In February, the newly updated Nominations Page went out to all elders and delegates with an invitation to start nominating gifted lay and clergy for conference boards, committees and for General Conference delegates. The Nom Comm also made it a point to call all lead pastors, Spanish speaking pastors and other leaders in order to ensure that they were aware of the deadline to nominate. The Nom Comm would like to prioritize in person communication and video communication in Spanish for our Hispanic pastors and leaders next year as we still had a hard time getting enough nominations from our Hispanic churches. When the application window closed, we had a total of 70 responses, some were made up of duplicate names. Of those nominated, 59% were men and 41% women, 64% elder and 36% lay, 19% of nominees were from Santa Barbara, 11% from Rancho Cucamonga and 11% from Riverside, 30% were Caucasian, 10% African American, 6% Latino and some Asian American, Native American and other. 69% of responses were for General Conference delegates, 31% for MEG, 23% for BOA, 16% for MAC, 13% for Nom Comm and 9% for the Finance Committee.

The Nominating Committee also interviews and vets all candidates to determine who will move forward in the nominations process, making sure that all nominees agree to proceed with the nomination, are qualified for the board or committee that they were nominated for and are aware that their name may not appear on the final ballot due to the number of vacancies available and due to our priorities of having good balance, representation and diversity across all of our boards and committees. The Nom Comm met in April for their first in person meeting to bring their recommendations to the team and finalize the list of names that appeared on the ballot. Then an email went out to all elders and delegates with the instructions to officially vote. The Nom Comm also helped identify leaders who have served 2 back to back terms and who are no longer eligible to continue serving on that current board or committee. We want to thank all board/committee members who will be ending their terms this year and who will conclude their service at AC22. I have also served 2 back to back terms on the Nominating Committee and will end my service this year after AC22 as chair for the Nominating Committee. It’s been a joy and an honor to serve the conference in this way and I am so proud of the hard work that the Nominating Committee has put forth this past year.

Respectfully submitted by Soo Ji Alvarez


The Nominating Committee is responsible for preparing for the Annual Conference a list of nominations for positions vacated by either resignations or expiration of terms and reviewing board and committee memberships in light of the standing rules of the annual conference. 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

Cornell, Liz

Rancho Cucamonga, Cucamonga Christian Fellowship

Greer, Briana

Azusa, Foothill Community Church

Mendoza, Joe

National City, Emmanuel

Moon, Emmanuel

Escondido, The Foundry

Quintanilla, J. Alberto

Bellflower, Camino de Gracia

Sato, Jon

Azusa, Foothill Community Church

Seyfert, Wendy

Azusa, Foothill Community Church

Sinnott, Lindsey

APU / Azusa, Foothill Community Church