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Follolwing Jesus with our Hearts and Hands


Welcome to First United Methodist Church in San Leandro!

Since 1853, First United Methodist Church in San Leandro has been a place of worship and community,

bringing together people of different ages and backgrounds to serve and share God's love.

Come and experience our welcoming and inclusive church for yourself.  

Join our church family today and discover true happiness. 

Our Purpose

First United Methodist Church, San Leandro has a long, proud history of serving the community of San Leandro. Through the dedication of our leadership, pastors and volunteers, we are committed to the teachings of Jesus Christ, and are here to spread His message. We are open to worshippers of all ages and backgrounds, and strive to lead all who worship with us towards a deeper love for God.

Our Mission

First United Methodist Church, San Leandro is an inclusive church committed to Christ and His word. We are dedicated to sharing the love of Christ through ministry, fellowship and worship. Our church is not just a house of worship. At its core are the members and believers that come together to practice God’s word, celebrate His love and extend His gifts to all.

Our Belief

As devoted members of First United Methodist Church, San Leandro, we are constantly pursuing the calling to be fully devoted followers of Christ. To build a true heaven on Earth, we live life based on the teachings of the Bible, are passionate about prayer and are grounded in spiritual accountability. If you are interested in joining our Church, please reach out. We would love for you to visit.


Rev. Dr. Myeong Shin Nam

Pastor Nam grew up in a non-Christian household. However, she started attending church early in her life. She welcomed Jesus as her Lord and Savior and decided to follow Jesus during her childhood. 

Pastor Nam has devoted herself to children and youth education in the local church for a long time as a Christian education specialist. She now dreams that the First United Methodist Church in San Leandro will be a happy church where children and youth make good memories, where the elderly are respected and cared for, and where young people feel rewarded and satisfied by serving the church and community. She hopes to share this happiness with residents and neighbors.​

Pastor Nam, who is small but passionate about her work and full of pleasant laughter, wants to achieve her dream of making a happy church with you. 


Virginia Thompson
Music Director

Virginia grew up in Louisiana learning piano, Saxophone, Oboe and English Horn. She received a music scholarship to Mississippi Valley State College (now University).

She started her directing career at the BeeBe Memorial Cathedral in Oakland, CA, as a choir member when the then director quit she took over as Minister of Music.  She's been directing for over 35 years. Along the way, she awarded was "Musician of the Year" by the By Faith magazine of the UMC.

You will see her leading the praise and hear her soulful voice in our worship. You can sing with her if you join the choir. 

Nancy Skinner

Facility Manager

Nancy is the open secret of cleanness and neat of our church building. She thas taken the position out of her devotion to the Lord and love for our church. 

She practices her life as a Christian through kindness toward people and the protection of the environment and nature.   In addition, Nancy is a wonderful dancer and performs liturgical dance for special occaisions. You can meet a woman of gentleness and warmheart when you come to our church. 

Merrillynn West
Office Manager

Merrillynn was born and raised in San Francisco, California. She matriculated though the school system finally graduating from San Francisco State University. She immersed herself in Christian education and earned a Master’s in Theology with a concentration in Christian Counseling from Pneuma Theological Seminary.

She’s found great joy in making jewelry and writing words of inspiration through prose and poetry. Call the church, and you'll hear her bright voice.

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