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.

The Management Group

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 Management Group is a separate corporation created to hold, manage, and leverage the conference assets for the benefit of ministry expansion in the FMCSC and reports to the Board of Administration. As with all Free Methodist Church leadership, the board is composed of an equal number of ministerial and lay (non-ordained) leaders. We seek to build the kingdom by creating a sustainable flow of resources for the FMCSC – Our goal is to have the endowment fully fund the Conference including finances for the Kingdom Management Group to provide funding for church plants as well as other ministry opportunities. When we reach our goal of 100% funding, all monies that we receive from our assessments would go to ministry and kingdom expansion. At this point we are at 70% of full funding. Further, the health of our finances directly impacts the local church as it relates to providing the best loan packages from the Free Methodist Foundation (FMF).The Management Group manages a few types of resources.

Capital investment Endowment

For this we use Alex Brown & Co with the oversight of the Conference. This includes how much cash we hold and where monies go for investment. Each year our investments perform extremely well and we take a position that is designed for long term decision making. During COVID we were able to continue that trend in our investments even while receipts of the local church assessments dipped substantially due to decreased church attendance and engagement. For the beginning of 2022 we have seen some market adjustments and inflation as you are certainly aware of right now. Anytime receipts or investments dip we adjust expenses accordingly. We are happy to say that even with these dips in the market, over the long haul we have performed very well, around 8-9 percent a year. We will certainly realize losses at times (as with any investment) but with our long term strategy we are able to weather market fluctuations and often, though not guaranteed, outperform the market.

Property Management & Loans

This portion of the Management Group assesses both the value and the earning potential of each property we manage as well as being a resource for churches managing their own properties. Some properties become so much to manage that it is most prudent to sell the asset and include it in the endowment capital investment fund. Other properties continue to need upgrades and repairs which we do in order to maximize our monetization of those properties through rental income. Some of those rents come from church rental and others come from other institutions such as schools etc. We also use an invaluable consulting service to do market research, provide access to construction vendors for bids and repairs and to broker sales and acquisitions. Over time we have assumed responsibility for several church related properties which are not now true churches such as pastoral residencies, private schools located on former church properties and currently vacant former church buildings.

At this time we maintain several loans we service for the local churches. Over time, however, we will be transferring these loans to the Free Methodist Foundation since loan management is outside the scope of the mission of the Conference. It’s because of this that it is imperative to maintain a healthy endowment so the local church has access to the most competitive rates for loans since the Conference is ultimately responsible to cosign on all outstanding loans for all our churches despite who the lender may be.


We also provide certain management services such as bookkeeping and property management assessment for the local churches in the FMCSC.

In summary, The Management Group, with frequent dialog with the FMCSC Board of Administration, will continue to manage our assets to provide the best returns so that we can fund our Conference and subsequent ministry expansion well into the future.

Respectfully submitted by John Rittenhouse


This board provides oversight and leadership for The Management Group, a for-benefit corporation of the Free Methodist Church in Southern California that provides bookkeeping and administrative services for eligible ministries. 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.

Sato, Jon

Azusa, Foothill Community Church