Meet Our Staff:

 

Rev. Suzanne Calhoun, Senior Pastor

Pastor Suzanne joined the Sierra Pines Family in July of 2019 under appointment in the CA/NV Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Prior appointments for she and her family include 8 years in Ely, NV as Senior Pastor.  Pastor Suzanne has also served in youth and family ministries in Tehama, Lake, and Humboldt counties in California. She is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church; has an M.Div. from Iliff School of Theology and a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Humboldt State University. She is eager to see what possibilities God has in store for all of us, as a congregation and a denomination in these uncertain times.

Kathy Stallings, Office Manager

Kathy has been with us for over 10 years at Sierra Pines! She is a wonderful source of information and is always happy to help.  If you are new to this church family or have not met Kathy yet drop by the office and introduce yourself sometime.

 

 

What We Believe:

The United Methodist Church is a global denomination that opens hearts, opens minds and opens doors through active engagement with our world. The mission of The United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. John Wesley and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as “practical divinity” has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today.
 

United Methodists share a common heritage with all Christians. According to our foundational statement of beliefs in The Book of Discipline, we share the following basic affirmations in common with all Christian communities:

Our Christian Beliefs: God

God, who is one, is revealed in three distinct persons. Read More

Our Christian Beliefs: Jesus

We believe in the mystery of salvation through Jesus Christ. God became human in Jesus of Nazareth; and his life, death and resurrection demonstrate God’s redeeming love. Read More

Our Christian Beliefs: The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is God’s present activity in our midst. When we sense God’s leading, God’s challenge, or God’s support or comfort, it’s the Holy Spirit at work. Read More

Our Christian Beliefs: Human Beings

Genesis 1:27 asserts that we’ve been made in the image of the Creator. Like God we have the capacity to love and care, to communicate, and to create. Read More

Our Christian Beliefs: The Church

The church is the body of Christ, an extension of Christ’s life and ministry in the world today. Read More

Our Christian Beliefs: The Bible

We believe that the Bible is the primary authority for our faith and practice. Read More

Our Christian Beliefs: God’s Reign

The kingdom or reign of God is both a present reality and future hope. Read More

Our Social Principles

“The United Methodist Church believes God’s love for the world is an active and engaged love, a love seeking justice and liberty. We cannot just be observers. So we care enough about people’s lives to risk interpreting God’s love, to take a stand, to call each of us into a response, no matter how controversial or complex. The church helps us think and act out a faith perspective, not just responding to all the other ‘mind-makers-up’ that exist in our society…

Taking an active stance in society is nothing new for followers of John Wesley. He set the example for us to combine personal and social piety. Ever since predecessor churches to United Methodism flourished in the United States, we have been known as a denomination involved with people’s lives, with political and social struggles, having local to international mission implications. Such involvement is an expression of the personal change we experience in our baptism and conversion.”

Excerpt from The Book of Resolutions of The United Methodist Church 2016. Copyright © 2016 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission.