Stephen W. Pudinski, Pastor
As we enter 2018, I thought it would be best to update my profile page on our website. I noticed I had neglected to do it in a while. January 1st marks 4-1/2 years that I have been serving as the pastor of First United Methodist Church of Roseville. I came to this congregation after serving six years at the Smith River United Methodist Church in Smith River, CA (on the CA/OR border along the Pacific Ocean). Even after ten years in ministry, I still feel very humbled at Annual Conference when the Bishop calls my name out assigning me to my church for another year. As United Methodist Church from all walks of life gather around you and lay hands on you while the Bishop prays for those appointed and assigned to churches in the coming year it still brings tears to my eyes.
I am Stephen W. Pudinski, but I go by Steve, and I am the pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Roseville. I am one of those rarities in California these days; I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. I am married to Kelley (Walther) Pudinski. Our youngest daughter, Anya, still remains at home. We share our home with our dogs (Suki, Newton, and Sasha), and cat (Spurs). And yes, they all get along, somewhat.
I hold an AA degree in Administration of Justice and both a BS in Business Administration and an MBA. I was elected into the California-Nevada Annual Conference as an Associate Member at our gathering in Burlingame in June 2017. As an Associate Member of the Annual Conference, I am guaranteed an appointment each year (although not guaranteed I'll stay in Roseville), and I am able to keep my license to preach in retirement. I completed the five-year Course-of-Study program, attended Licensing School at Claremont School of Theology, my first year of Course-of-Study at Perkins School of Theology on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, and years two through five at Duke Divinity School, Duke University, Durham, NC.
I have had the opportunity to attend the Walk to Emmaus (NCNEC Mens Walk #38) and have worked in both the Northern California/Nevada and Mountain Trails Emmaus Communities. Before attending Licensing School and Course of Study I completed the Conference Lay Minister Course (CLayM) offered by the California-Nevada Annual Conference. In June of 2013 I was selected to be the Training Coordinator for the CLayM Program, replacing the retiring Rev. Perry Polk. I have continued on as training coordinator as this Annual Conference has transitioned from Conference Lay Ministry (CLayM) to the Certified Lay Ministry (CLM) training program.
For the longest time, when people heard I was the United Methodist minister in Roseville, I would get a questioning look, followed by, "Where's the United Methodist Church in Roseville?" After I described for them where we were located, I got, "Oh, that's the Methodist Church. I thought it was abandoned." Over the last couple years we have done some capital improvements to our campus so people would recognize we are sitll here. A second story fire escape was installed (yes, we have two stories), our parking lot was resurfaced and striped, and a new white fence has been put in on two sides of our parking lot, replacing the chain-link fence that had surrounded the property for years. We have also installed a gated and fenced playground for our growing children's ministry.
This is in addition to the facelift on the inside. We have rooms that have been newly painted, a new game room for not only the children and youth but the adults as well. New directional signage helps to guide us all around the church, and three new murals are outside the Children's Center. Our Mission Team continues to travel to areas ravaged by fires and floods to help in the rebuilding of lives and communities. In past years we have been to Colorado and Weed, CA. We are looking to join the many United Methodist Volunteers in Mission as teams move into Santa Rosa and Clearlake to rebuild in the spring and summer of 2018. There might also be a trip to help in rebuilding Puerto Rico this year as well. We continue our advocacy with those less fortunate by supporting the Gathering Inn, hosting them once a month, and serving a hot meal every Monday in our social hall for those who are hungry. We continue to send people back to the Leadership Institute at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas.
First UMC is continually evaluating how we bring honor, glory, and praise to our God. Our worship team is an integral part in preparing and planning worship. Our music is branching out and becoming blended, still offering the traditional hymns of the church but also offering contemporary worship and praise selections as well. Our sanctuary has seen some changes with more to come. It will become a more open space and enhancing the visual presentation of worship.
So, enough about me and this congregation I am fortunate to serve; what about you? Come on by the church and let's get acquainted; I'm in the office Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 am till noon, or you can make an appointment through the church office. If you don't attend FUMC come on by some Sunday, check us out, and let's sit down and chat over coffee after we praise God together. You might find yourself a new place to spend Sunday mornings.
Watch these pages for happenings in our church and our community. Come join us as we bring honor, glory, and praise to our God through our prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness to the world. Our hearts, our minds, and our doors are open. Come on in. You may find something you have been missing. Grace and peace.