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The Sacramento Japanese United Methodist Church is a lively and growing congregation of about 600 members. It is one of the oldest Japanese American congregations in Northern California, yet its current membership includes people of all ages and of diverse ethnic backgrounds. This community of worship and fellowship offers various opportunities for spiritual growth, community services and provides a safe and encouraging environment for Christian fellowship and friendship. Feel free to visit us anytime, you will be warmly welcome.

Vision Statement: Loving God, Serving Others, Transforming Lives.

Mission Statement: SJUMC strives to remain a strong and caring congregation of worship, fellowship, and community services. The church will continue to uphold the heritage of the founders, but also develop multi-faceted ministries to serve the needs of all people.


Senior Pastor: Rev. Motoe Yamada Foor ( | Bio)

Pastor Emeritus: Rev. George Nishikawa (Retired | Bio)

Pastor of Visitation: Rev. Peter Willms

Family Ministry Coordinator: Momoko Tamaoki Newsome (

Office Manager/Newsletter Editor: Cathy Mayeda (

Choir Director: Lyssa Ogilbee

Pianist: Tavifa Mordovtseva

Nursery Attendant: Nami Box

Nursery Assistant: Clare Sakauye

Nursery Assistant: Kimi Silvernail


The Sacramento Japanese United Methodist Church (SJUMC) originated from the merger in June 1968 of the former Pioneer Methodist Church (Japanese) of Sacramento and the Florin Japanese Methodist Church. The four acre site and the multi-purpose building were donated by the dispersed Merwin Memorial United Methodist Church. A new sanctuary and multi-purpose social hall was built in 1970.

SJUMC has its root deep in the past of these two historic Methodist Churches. To read more about the history of SJUMC, please click here.

To learn more about the United Methodist structure, please read:

The Structure of the United Methodist Church, Explained by Ryland Christian Fernandez