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Following Jesus with our Hearts and Hands


The United Methodist Church in San Leandro enthusiastically proclaims Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior,

and we wholeheartedly follow His example by offering a heartfelt embrace to all.

We open our doors to people of every age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, family structure,

marital status, political convictions, faith journeys, economic circumstances, educational backgrounds,

and diverse developmental or physical abilities. We extend a warm invitation to everyone to join our faith community,

where we are dedicated to fostering our relationship with Christ, equipping us to spread Christian love throughout the world.

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 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.

Nancy Skinner

Facility Manager

Nancy is the open secret of cleanness and neat of our church building. She has 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 occasions. When you meet Nancy, you meet a woman of gentleness and warm heart when you come to our church. 

Lia Paras

Admin Assistant

Lia is a person whose life has taken many twist and turns, and now it has taken her to our church in the Admin Assistant position.

She is a person of many anxieties, but she truly tries her best when it comes to people. She enjoys food and music and talking about exploring various medias like music, movies, and books in terms of artistic direction and vision.

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