About The School


Glenoaks Christian Schools is a ministry of the First United Methodist Church of San Fernando.  We strive to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children.  We encourage social, physical, spiritual, and intellectual development.  Our curriculum stresses the importance of God in the lives of children, families, community, country, and all the nations of the world.  We teach respect for all people and honor and celebrate diversity as well as unity.  We design and implement a developmentally appropriate curriculum in accordance with California State Standards and Common Core. 


Our Church


The people of the First United Methodist Church of San Fernando believe that the Christian faith is grounded in the love and grace of God, experienced through Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit. We strive to bear a faithful Christian witness to Jesus Christ in our family, church, community and the world.


We are involved, committed, culturally-diverse, open and earnest. A people who try to be accepting, caring, hospitable and inclusive. We are people who like to tell the story of God's redeeming grace with our very lives. Our membership is growing at a steady pace. With this growth, we have been able to accomplish more, and have a larger impact upon our community. We welcome you with open arms!

Sunday Worship: 10:30 AM
Church: 818-365-3156



Statement of Faith


WE BELIEVE that God is understood in three distinct forms. Father, Son and Holy Spirit are commonly used to refer to the threefold nature of God. Sometimes we use other terms, such as Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer.


WE BELIEVE in one God, who created the world and all that is in it. We believe that God is sovereign; that is, God is the ruler of the universe. We believe that God is loving. We can experience God's love and grace.


WE BELIEVE that Jesus was human. He lived as a man and died when he was crucified. We believe that Jesus is divine. He is the Son of God. We believe that God raised Jesus from the dead and that the risen Christ lives today. We believe that Jesus is our Savior. In Christ we receive abundant life and forgiveness of sins. We believe that Jesus is our Lord and that we are called to pattern our lives after His.


WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit is God with us. We believe that the Holy Spirit comforts us when we are in need and convicts us when we stray from God. We believe that the Holy Spirit awakens us to God's will and empowers us to live obediently.


WE BELIEVE that God created human beings in God's image. We believe that humans can choose to accept or reject a relationship with God. We believe that all humans need to be in relationship with God in order to be fully human.


WE BELIEVE that the church is the body of Christ, an extension of Christ's life and ministry in the world today. We believe that the mission of the church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We believe that the church is "the communion of saints," a community made up of all past, present and future disciples of Christ. We believe that the church is called to worship God and to support those who participate in its life as they grow in faith.


WE BELIEVE that the Bible is God's Word. We believe that the Bible is the primary authority for our faith and practice. We believe that Christians need to know and study the Old Testament and the New Testament (the Hebrews Scriptures and the Christian Scriptures).


Adapted from What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Theology. Copyright 2002 Discipleship Resources. All rights reserved. Used by permission of the publisher.




I am a native of Southern California. I grew up in the Imperial Valley where my parents were very busy working in the produce industry. Connie is a native of Akron, Ohio, moved to San Francisco and then to Maui, where she completed her career in education as a speech and language pathologist in the public schools.

Growing Up

Having literally grown up in the United Methodist Church, I am one of ten children and am grateful to my parents, seven sisters and two younger brothers who experienced spiritual guidance from my parents, friends and our pastors who were a major part of my life in helping me learn about Christ and the saving grace Christ provides to each and everyone of us.

Path to Ministry

I have always tried to make my interpretation of Scripture and the life of Christ a style that is known as Practical Divinity, meaning, to find ways to incorporate our faith so it becomes a part of our every day living through our words and actions, representative of the spirit of Christ in our lives. This is a theology I have practiced in my 38 year's of appointment ministry in the local church. After graduating from high school, I began my formal education at Chapman College in Orange, California studying music. When I began to experience the call to the Ordained Ministry, I transferred to Willamette University in Salem, Oregon and graduated in 1980 with a degree in the Social Sciences. My journey into the ministry began after my first year in college, where I was invited to be a staff member aboard Chapman College's World Campus Afloat program, where I taught music and directed the Sunday chapel choir. After my second year in college, I was selected to represent the Cal-Pac Annual Conference as one of ten college student who spent the summer of 1976 studying Liberation Theology in the countries of Panama, Peru and Bolivia. This was a theology and interpretation of the Gospels that gave hope and empowerment to people who were experiencing severe challenges in their lives in South America brought about by the ruling militaristic governments in those countries. My seminary education has taken me to Boston University School of Theology, Harvard Divinity and then to the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado where I graduated with a Master of Divinity in 1985. Post Graduate studies have taken me to Israel's Center for Biblical Studies and then to the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland and to Italy and the Vatican for Holocaust and Reformation studies.


My interests include vegetable gardening, song writing, sailing, traveling, baking a variety of breads, and spending time with our furry pet family, Leilani, Callie and Chico. The joy in our lives are our two sons, Alex and Zachary. Alex practices real estate law in Menlo Park, Ca and Zachary provides strength and support for families as a registered nurse in Obstetrics and Labor and Delivery at Maui Memorial Hospital on the island of Maui.

Meet Our New Pastor: Pastor Paul


We are delighted to have been appointed to serve San Fernando First United Methodist Church and look forward to sharing and growing with you in the faith. 

Blessings and Aloha, 

Pastor Paul and Connie