Stephen W. Pudinski, Pastor
We have just finished the 2015 Annual Conference Session of the California-Nevada Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. I was fortunate to be continued as the Pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Roseville. It is very humbling to hear ones name called and asked to stand. Then when all the names of the pastors are called to have numerous people belonging to the 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. I will humbly and faithfully strive to fulfill my obligations as the spiritual leader of this congregation over the coming year.
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. We have two children, Tim and Anya, and we share our home with our dogs(Suki, Newton, and Sasha), and cats (Wilson,and 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 am not an ordained Elder. I am a Licensed Local Pastor who has completed the five year schooling requirement. I 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 am currently working toward Associate Membership in the Order of Elders in the California-Nevada Annual Conference.
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.
So, although there are trials being the relatively new pastor in a congregation, there are also some triumphs. The First United Methodist Church of Roseville has grown in numbers, adding ten people to our member roles so far in 2014 and we are well on our way to adding as many in 2015. We have new families, younger children, and we are beginning to see the revival of our church I talked about last November. Our facility has had a facelift. 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 in the works outside the Children's Center. Our Mission Team is preparing to go to Weed, CA, to help with the rebuilding after last year's devastating fire and we have gone to a small United Methodist Church in the mountains above Grass Valley to install a bathroom. A number of our members are preparing to head back to the Leadership Institute at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. Roseville Strong, our health and safety fair, is returning in July of this year as is our November Craft Fair. Oh, you won't want to miss the Piano Concert in August, and much, much more. Keep your eye on our Future Events page. God works in mysterious ways, you know.
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 this year with more to come. It will become a more open space and enhancing the visual presentation of worship. Oh, it also seems that everybody loves "Chuck Knows Church!"
So, enough about me; 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.
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