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Same Pastor, Different Title

As of July 1, Pastor Debbie Weatherspoon has a new title! She has transitioned from being the minister of discipleship to being the minister of community engagement. Pastor Debbie makes this change after hearing a calling to this work. She discerned a new way to use her strengths of connectedness, empathy, positivity, harmony, and developing to engage the community both within Los Altos United Methodist Church and beyond the campus, in our neighborhood and wider region.

In her new role, Pastor Debbie will seek to provide collaborative leadership and support to the ministries of Los Altos UMC, with an emphasis on strengthening whole family connections, volunteer development, and partnerships with community organizations. Her key collaborations will be with the Radical Hospitality and Bold Service & Social Justice Practice Committees, the Children’s Center and Children’s Ministries, and our welcome and hospitality ministries.

Please give your support to Pastor Debbie as she makes this transition. Ask her to tell you more about her vision for the congregation’s engagement with our church and our community—and in return, she might ask you where you feel called to engage!

New Pastor Sam Starts July 1

Sam LewisThe LAUMC Staff-Parish Relations Committee is pleased to announce the upcoming appointment of Pastor Samantha (Sam) Lewis to the pastoral team. She will serve as our minister of young adults, and like Pastor Samuel Yun, she will be in ministry with our whole church in many ways beyond the OpenCircle young adult group.

Pastor Sam is originally from Fresno and is proud to say that she is a lifelong SF Giants fan, despite having lived, trained, and most recently worked in the southeast. Pastor Sam likes to say that her fierce passion for the Giants is only exceeded by her passion for Jesus! She has a B.A. from Huntingdon College in Alabama and a Master of Divinity degree from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta.

Pastor Sam was previously pastor at St. Luke United Methodist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, and most recently associate pastor at First United Methodist Church in Crestview, Florida. In addition to working across many dimensions of ministry—worship, congregational care, community outreach, and more—she also led young adult ministries and small groups as an intern at the Georgia Tech Wesley Foundation. In her free time, Pastor Sam enjoys playing stand-up bass, sometimes bass guitar, and enjoys fun ministry opportunities as “Reverend Slam” in the local roller derby league.

We are delighted for Pastor Sam to join the LAUMC community on July 1 and welcome her collaboration and leadership in our OpenCircle young adult ministry and broader church life.