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Congregation Spotlight: First United Methodist Church of Orange

This week’s congregation spotlight highlights First United Methodist Church of Orange located in Orange, California. We are truly grateful for everything this congregation has done for us over the years, and especially during the pandemic. We are so thankful to be partners with such a welcoming congregation!


Beginning in 1875, First United Methodist Church became the first Methodist church of Orange County. This congregation welcomes all people and attempts to worship and live out the teachings of God and Jesus Christ. The church is led by Senior Pastor, William Johnson. Since July of 2014, Pastor Johnson has been a part of this congregation, and has strived to teach, provide insight of, and demonstrate the messages from the Gospel in his everyday life.

This congregation has worked with Family Promise for several years, and was actually one of our original church partners, dating all the way back to the beginning of our affiliate. The old Family Promise of Orange County office used to be located at FUMCO prior to moving to our current location in Anaheim. Today, two amazing coordinators, Jackie Hanson and Joyce Claussen, dedicate a lot of time and effort to making this partnership successful. Four times a year, they and the congregation volunteers host our families. In addition, they host our families in the youth room of the church, where they have showers and a nice big space for the kids. We could not be more thankful for the support our families receive from this giving congregation. Thank you, FUMCO!


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