Board of Administration

The Board of Administration (commonly called the BOA) functions as the standing administrative committee of the conference between Annual Conference seatings. Their focus is to create and manage policy of the entire conference within the limits of the Book of Discipline. As with all Free Methodist Church leadership, the board is comprised of an equal number of ministerial and lay (non-ordained) leaders.

Lay Members

Joshua Canada

2022 – Lay

Azusa, Foothill Community Church

Evan Collins

2019 – Lay

Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Free Methodist Church

Hal Conklin

2020 – Lay

Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Free Methodist Church

Carol Duberowski

2021 – Lay

Long Beach, Light & Life Christian Fellowship – North

Marla Jamieson

2020 – Lay

Rancho Cucamonga, Cucamonga Christian Fellowship

Ted Jones

2020 – Lay

Lake Elsinore, The Lamb’s Fellowship

Hugh Linstrom

2021 – Lay

Los Angeles, Verdugo Community Church

Ed Song

2022 – Lay

Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Free Methodist Church

Ministerial Members

Soo Ji Alvarez

2022 – Ministerial

Riverside, California Avenue Christian Fellowship

Kevin Boyce

2021 – Ministerial

Downey, Light & Life Church

Colleen Hurley-Bates

2020 – Ministerial

Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Free Methodist Church

Donna Marshall

2021 – Ministerial

Los Angeles, Los Angeles Community Church

Glen Prior

BVO – Ministerial

Murrieta, Centerpoint Church

John Rittenhouse

2020 – Ministerial

Garden Grove, Living Spring Church

Kelly Roth

2020 – Ministerial

Azusa, Foothill Community Church

Nominees for Board of Administration

Each year, Free Methodist Churches elect new board members to replace outgoing leaders. The following are nominees for the Board of Administration and will be voted on between April 30 and May 10. Newly elected members will be added to the above list after voting.

Sooji Alvarez

Soo Ji co-pastors California Avenue Christian Fellowship in Riverside with her hot tamale of a husband Joe. She likes both spicy food and spicy people. She loves reaching people in the margins, bringing reconciliation to communities and raising up passionate followers of Jesus Christ.

She has been ordained with the FMC since 2011 and has served on conference boards like the Nominating Committee, MEG and WELL (Women, Equal, Leading, Learning). She also serves on national boards like WHWC (Wesleyan Holiness Women Clergy), as the FM representative.

She is a strategic thinker, creative leader and used to managing teams and collaborating with others.

Moises Bejarano

Since a young age, Pastor Moises has been in ministry. He has ministered in many countries and has a global mindset.

He is currently a member of FMCUSA and FMCSC Boards of Administrations and is one of the teachers for History & Polity and Wesleyan Class and serves as one of FMCSC MEG Chairs. He pastors New Hope Center in Chino, which is an intercultural church.

He loves his family, church, cooking, and playing music. He is happily married to Maria and has two beautiful girls.

Joshua Canada

Joshua and his wife attended the Free Methodist Church of Santa Barbara (FMCSB) for 7 years where he served on the BOA, played percussion in services, and served as a delegate (including during Pastor Denny Wayman’s transition). He also developed enduring and deep Christian friendship with members of the FMCSB. These relationships have been avenues for God’s loving-kindness and sanctification.

He now lives in the San Gabriel Valley and is part of Foothill Community Church and serves on the conference nominating committee.

John Hansen

John is the lead pastor of Centerpoint Church in Murrieta, which consists of thousands of people meeting in multiple locations. John is passionate about sharing the gospel with people – and creating a compelling environment in the church where that can happen. He has led three major capital campaigns, and 5 major building and development projects as the congregation has developed its facilities from the ground up, as well as the expansion of the church’s staff team from being solo pastor to dozens of staff, including his wife, Ann. John majored in World Religions and minored in Spanish at Rutgers University, lived in China for two years where he served in missions, and earned his M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary. John has great theological training – which compliments his natural passion for seeing people to come to know Jesus. John loves for God’s people to experience the flow of the Holy Spirit in their lives.

Gerardo Ortiz

Gerardo has been part of the FMC since November 1982. He graduated from the Biblical Institute in Hermosillo, Sonora. Mexico and has served in the Mexican Conference for 16 years before coming to the FMCSC Conference in 2002. While in Mexico, he was part of the MAC & MEG and served as Conference Secretary for 12 years.

In the FMCSC he has had the opportunity to serve on the Nominating Committee, MAC, MEG Board, and BOA. He is married to Maria J. Vazquez for almost 31 years and has 3 children, Esther, Josué and Isaías and 2 grandchildren Caleb and Abigail.

Joel Silva

Working within the FM family Joel has grown to love launching new initiatives, organizing ministries, developing leaders, and seeking to do these things in the most faithful and efficient ways. His desire is to serve the local as well as the regional body through his gifts and passions.

As a natural evangelist, he thinks about how to stay true to the mission of the church so the gospel will go forth. As a shepherd and teacher, his desire is for the care of the flock and for effective systems that support their local congregations.

Ed Song

Ed teaches at Westmont College and has worshiped at the FMC of Santa Barbara since moving here in 2013. At church he has served as a Delegate to Annual Conference, a worship team leader, an adult education teacher, and a member of the Diversity Strategic Planning committee. He is also a delegate from our conference to General Conference, and helped to draft new language for the Book of Discipline concerning racism.

At Westmont, he teaches on matters of moral and political philosophy and helps direct Westmont’s Center for Social Entrepreneurship. He and his wife Felicia have two kids.

Reggie Wadlington

Reggie has served voluntarily in Christian Ministry since 1982 as pastor for worship, youth, pastoral support, pastoral counseling, LMC mentorship, board member, and other duties.

He has served on several state and local boards and commissions since 2000 such as planning, traffic, parks and recreation, hospital and school. He is a former Clinical Research business owner and proudly served his country as a USN Hospital Corpsman/USMC Fleet Marine Force.

He is married to his wife Diane, a proud parent, grandparent and great grandparent. He loves the Lord and serving others with all his heart.

Laura Warth

Laura is a retired Real Estate Broker. She has served on boards and committees of non-profit organizations, including the Paramount Chamber of Commerce.

Today, she serves as co-pastor of Chapel of Change Christian Fellowship, alongside her husband Brian. Her passion is to inspire and teach people how to develop a powerful prayer life. She leads the Prayer and Women’s Ministry at Chapel of Change.