Senior PastorSteve became a Christian as a seven year old. He has been following Jesus since then. He believes that Christians and their churches are meant to minister to the needs of the communities in which God has planted them. Steve was ordained in 1990. He has pastored four churches since that time. Learning from each appointment and always seeking to serve Christ better, he is excited to be in Visalia and helping to build an outwardly focused congregation. Steve is married to Pastor Marilyn Creel, who is ordained as a Presbyterian minister and leads a church in Three Rivers, California. They love living in Central California and have been blessed with three grandchildren.
Associate Pastor, Spanish Language Ministries
Born in the city of Durango, Mexico, Corazon met the Lord Jesus Christ in the House of Life and Peace Methodist Church in her hometown. Since then, she received a call to pastoral minister and obey the voice of God our Lord, entering the Seminary Methodist John Wesley. After serving for ten years in one of the conferences of Mexico, Corazon was invited to work in the California/Nevada Conference in the central valley of California with Hispanic ministry. Corazon is married and has four children. Her children serve as her motivation to love and serve others.
Senior Adult PastorDon serves as the Senior Adult Pastor at The Methodist Church. Prior to that, he served as Pastor of Grand Avenue United Methodist Church in Porterville, California, and Weldon UMC and Highland Chapel UMC in the Kern River Valley. Don is a graduate of Chico State and Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. While attending Asbury Seminary, he met and married his wife Donita.
Business Operations Manager
Joanna returned to Visalia after graduating from UC Santa Barbara. While in Santa Barbara, she worked at a preschool under the umbrella of a local church. There, she held the positions of administrative assistant and substitute teacher. At The Methodist Church, she assists with managing the facilities and is the administrative assistant to the Senior Pastor. She is multilingual in Italian, Spanish, and English, and has traveled throughout Italy.
Kristi received her MBA from California State University, Dominguez Hills where she studied business management and accounting. Her occupational experience comes from the tribal casino industry where she spent over 17 years performing various tasks associated with management, accounting, payroll, human resources, and internal auditing.
As part of her role as Financial Secretary for the Visalia Methodist Church, Kristi maintains all aspects of the church finances including accounts payable, contribution tracking, payroll, and finance reporting. Kristi is married with 3 children. She came to Visalia from Southern California in December 2015 when her husband accepted a job transfer in the area and has been a regular attendee of the Visalia Methodist Church since 2017.
Program Director of Care Ministries & Small GroupsKelly has served the Methodist Church in several capacities for over 10 years. She is currently serving as Director of Care Ministries, where she oversees and administrates a variety of ministry programs: DivorceCare & DC4K, GriefShare, Marriage Oneness, Visitation Ministries, Extend the Table, and Drop in the Bucket programs, to name a few. It is an honor and a privilege for her to serve God and His people here at The Methodist Church.
Director of Children's Sunday SchoolBio coming soon…
Family Ministry CoordinatorKristi has worked with children in a variety of ways over the years. She previously worked as a Child Advocate for Tulare COunty through Family Services, as a preschool teacher and a Girl Scout leader. She has two children with her husband, John, and during their high school years served as a Redwood High School football Booster President and Treasure.
Kristi and her Husband John were volunteers with the Youth group at the Methodist Church in Visalia for 4 years before she became the Youth Director. It is a pleasure to work with your children her at The Methodist Church and seeing them grow as they develop their relationship with Christ.
Wednesday Night Children's CoordinatorAs a little girl, Ashlie attended Sunday School at VUMC. As she got older, a group of her friends attended the Wednesday Night Youth Group and got her to start going. She loved going and started getting more involved with activities at the church. She was still attending the Wednesday and Sunday Youth Group when she got the job to be the Wednesday Night Children’s Coordinator. She was sad to have to stop attending Youth, but was so excited to get to work with the little ones at the church. She enjoys getting to watch them learn new things, get involved in the games, make new friendships, and get so excited to show off what they know.
Worship Producer & Technical AssistantJack, VUMC’s Worship Art Technical Assistant, has been at the helm of the Worship arts Technical area since 2011, dealing with computers, the VUMC website, band equipment, audio and visual items and even the odd repair of electrical and mechanical items. On Sundays, he is the Producer for the 9:15 a.m. service, and the Oasis service in the Family Life Center. While not at work, he is a director, actor, set designer and builder, lighting designer, sound designer and at times, producer at any number of community theatres in the area.
Experience God's PresenceThree Services Every Sunday
Traditions Worship Service 9:30am
Semilla Servicio de Adoración y Alabanza 10:30am
Oasis Worship Service 10:30am
We are very intentional in our belief that a church should reflect the community that God has planted it in. We are open to all people and our church works hard to assure that everyone, no matter their circumstance, feels welcome and loved.