Incoming Leaders

Conference Membership
Serving Together

Many of the Elders within the Free Methodist Church (FMC) serve as husband and wife teams. Kate and Leif Wallace Nunneley were ordained together at Annual Conference 2021.

Leonard, Ta’Tyana

Azusa Pacific University & Light and Life West

I grew up in a Christian home and first experienced God in Sunday School and singing Gospel Music. My first church laid a solid foundation of prayer, Scripture, and Worship. I had amazing Sunday school teachers who loved us well, and filled gaps for our families. I asked one of my Sunday school teachers, Mary Stevens, to be my God-Mother because I was so impressed with her example of love, encouragement, prayer, and godly living.

From that point on, I desired to serve the church in my youth. As I continued my faith journey in undergrad, I felt my initial call to teaching/pastoral ministry. As I read the Great Commission, I heard a still voice say “Ta’Tyana” as I read “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.” Since that day in my dorm room, I committed myself to teaching and leading others to the Gospel of Christ.

How did the Spirit guide you to your current ministry and what has God called you to do through your ministry?

I’ve served in ministry since 2004. Ministry began in my freshman dorm room at Oregon State University, where I played softball and led Champions for Christ, a Bible study for Christian Athletes. Prior to Azusa Pacific University, I served as Director of Ministries for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Los Angeles. I’ve served at APU since 2016, and love the opportunity to impact young adults and future generations for Christ.

I believe God has sent me to APU and the Free Methodist Church for such a time as this. The experiential opportunities I’ve gained through sports, world travel, and leading in secular spaces have provided so many valuable lessons that have helped to prepare me for ministry today.

In this season I believe God is calling me to help others see the character of God. God is trustworthy and truly has our best interest in mind. God’s established standards, guidance, boundaries, and commands are all for our good. “No good thing does God withhold from those whose walk is blameless.”

How did you come to first be involved with the Free Methodist Church and why have you chosen to continue your ministry in the Free Methodist Church?

I first learned of the Free Methodist church while serving at APU. Several of my colleagues are ordained through FMCSC. I’ve learned more about the tradition and history of FMCUSA through friendship and leadership, and while in a season of transition- the Free Methodist Church is where I began to explore. Our family has become members of Light and Life West in Long Beach, and we are excited to continue to grow in relationships with Christ and this congregation.

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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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.