Our Mission

We are Christians whose mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We are connected through the global United Methodist Church to actively engage in service to others locally and worldwide​. We are your neighbors, some who have just walked in our doors and some who first came here with their parents and now bring their grandchildren.

We actively support Methodist values in the community:

  • Using Scripture to guide our faith
  • Giving God's love to all
  • Sharing God's gifts in our work
  • Doing responsible social action
  • Extending fellowship and love to everyone in our community

Church History

We trace our United Methodist spiritual heritage to the 18th century evangelical leader John Wesley who saw our work as Christians in these simple and plain terms: Do all the good you can, in all the places you can, to all the people you can. Methodists gathered in Sonoma County in 1850 and resolved to begin reaching out to families in various Russian River communities. The Forestville congregation had its roots in an early Green Valley camp meeting.


On April 4, 1884 a schoolhouse property was purchased by the Trustees of the Forestville Church. The first Forestville Methodist Church building was a converted store, which stood on the west side of the present facility. Our church building on Covey Road was dedicated on August 24, 1924.


Today we serve Forestville families in many ways by providing a Food and Clothing Closet; teaching English as a second language and by offering spiritual guidance through worship, Bible Study, music ministry and hands-on service projects such as Habitat for Humanity. We consider it part of our ministry to offer hospitality to community groups who contribute to the well-being of our community.

Our Leaders

Reverend Monique-Cheri Pierre

Reverend Monique-Cheri Pierre We welcomed our new pastor, Rev. Monique-Cheri Pierre, July 1, 2014. A native of Petaluma with family roots in Sebastopol and Santa Rosa,she says moving to Forestville has a “sweet sense of coming back home to Sonoma County”. Pastor Pierre comes to Forestville with more than 20 years experience helping churches grow in their trust in God and their love for others. She is committed to continuing the church’s community involvement.

Before coming to Forestville, Pastor Pierre, served 10 years as pastor of Willits United Methodist Church in Mendocino County and most recently spent 4 years in Northeastern Nevada serving churches in Elko and Carlin, Nevada. Pastor Pierre received her B.A. degree in Modern Dance at Lone Mountain College in San Francisco and received her Master of Divinity degree (M.Div) at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary near Chicago, Illinois. Her first two churches were brand new churches meeting in rented space. She says, “You can count on her to think outside the “religious” box and get to the heart of the matter – which is all about you and I growing in love for one another”

Board of Trustees Chair

Neil Yeager is currently the Chairperson for the FUMC Board of Trustees; Music Director for the Bell Choir; Sings in the Chancel Choir, Joyful Noise and plays the flute; Member of the Fellowship Committee; and part of the Technology Team. He participates in such activities as: The Variety Show, Madrigal Dinner, Tea and Classics, Sock Hop, Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, Vacation Bible School, and Kinder-Gym.

Church Council and Fellowship Committee Chair

Mike Mortensson, has been attending FUMC since 1984 and has been a member since 1989. He has been active in many leadership roles over the years. Raised in the Congregational Church, Mike became a Methodist when he met his wife Joan who was raised in FUMC. Mike has been Church Council Chair for since 2012. He is also Chair of the church’s Fellowship Committee. Mike graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS degree in Forestry and spent 16 years with the US Forest Service on National Forests in Michigan, Wisconsin, West Virginia and California. In 1981 he started a new career in Association Management at the Sea Ranch Association. Mike retired in 2014 after serving the past 24 years as Executive Director of the California Groundwater Association . Joan and Mike live on the farm where she was born and raised and they both enjoy gardening, travel, music, mystery books and church activities.

Finance Committee Chair

Denise Wood a resident of Sonoma County since 1977, became a member of Forestville UMC in 2008 and has been serving as Finance Chair since January 2010. She graduated from Sonoma State College with a BA in Small Business Management and Accounting, has volunteered on the local School Board’s Budget Advisory Committee, and played an active role in several fundraising events. She has enjoyed a 29 year career working at a local jewelry manufacturing company where she currently serves as General Manager. She and her husband of 28 years enjoy singing in the Chancel Choir, participating in clean up days, the Variety Show and other Fellowship activities at the church

Food Closet Co-Chair

Ken Jones is a graduate of Chico State University where he also received his Teaching Credential. He is a retired educator with more than thirty-four years of experience and eight years working for the California State Teachers Retirement System.
His volunteer efforts for the FUMC Food Closet provides an opportunity to serve the community. Two Mondays a month nutritious food is provided for up to seventy-two Forestville families. Ken very much enjoys visiting with the people, and it makes him happy to be able to support them. Participation in “Monday Church” allows him to be a part of the extended “family of God.”

Staff Parish Relations Committee Chair

Kim Reeves attended Brigham Young University.

Currently retired, she has worked as an Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Land O’Lakes, the President of the Minnesota Foundation and as a Project Manager for an Internet Start-up.

Kim has been a member of the Forestville United Methodist Church since childhood; has sung in the Chancel Choir and Joyful Noise. At one time she was the church Treasurer and is currently also the Recording Secretary for the Church Council as well as the Website editor.

She has two adult children, Christopher and Laura, and has been married to Chan Castleberry since 2007. Kim and Chan enjoy gardening, travel, family and good friends. Kim loves to read and her choices include a wide variety of genres.

United Methodist Men

Chan Castleberry has been a member of the church since 1952 when he was in the 5th grade.

Chan graduated from San Francisco State University with a teaching credential and a Master’s Degree in Physical Education.

He taught mathematics and physical education, coached football and track at El Molino High School for 36 years.

His duties at Forestville United Methodist Church have consisted of being a Lay Leader, Church Council Chair, United Methodist Men Chair and Lay Speaker. Chan has been a volunteer at the Food Closet since it’s inception.

Chan raised two daughters in the church and married his current wife, Kim, in the church in 2007.

Lay Leader

Reverend Monique-Cheri Pierre

Kallah

United Methodist Women

Community Outreach

Food Closet

The Food Closet is a community outreach program which provides food to those in need within the Forestville community. The Food Closet is open the second and fourth Monday of each month at 1:30 pm. Clients need only to register once for the year.

A Warm Coat Drive provides gently used coats to our Food Closet clients and is open during November and December on the second and fourth Monday’s coinciding with the Food Closet. Donations of new or lightly used coats are always welcome.

English as a Second Language Classes

Forestville United Methodist Church offers beginning and intermediate English as a Second Language classes for those in the Forestville community. Classes are held at 12:30 p.m. on Food Closet days, the second and fourth Monday of each month. Child care is available.

Forestville UMC is home to the following groups:

  • Boy Scouts Troop #150 meets Wednesday at 7pm.
  • Cub Scouts Pack #150 meets the fourth Monday at 6:30pm.
  • The Senior Dining Site serves hot lunches every Tuesday at noon. The cost is $4, reservations are requested.
  • Prime Timers, senior social group meets the 3rd Thursday at noon for lunch. Board meetings are held the first Tuesday at 1pm.
  • 4-H meets the 2nd Monday at 6:30pm.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous meets every Saturday at 8:00pm
  • Kindergym is held Wednesday 9:30-noon. Kindergym is an exercise and development program for children ages 0-5 and offers information and support on literacy, child development, health, nutrition, and safety. There is no cost, but donations are gladly accepted.

Ministries

United Methodist Women (UMW)

The United Methodist Women is a community of women whose purpose is to know God, and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship, and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the Church. The UMW is open to all women who wish to participate. Meetings are held the first Monday of every month at 12:15 in Weibe Hall.

Kallah

The women of Kallah are an extension of the UMW. They work to support local ministries, causes and assist financially with church projects. Kallah’s main fund raiser is the annual Rummage Sale held each March. Kallah meets the 4th Monday of every month at 7pm in the Fireside Room.

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry is a confidential one on one care giving ministry. Each Stephen Minister is trained to help those in need by listening, exploring feelings, praying and sharing Christ’s love. They help those experiencing loss, in crisis, hospitalized and grieving by planting a seed of hope.

United Methodist Men (UMM)

The mission of the United Methodist Men is to support spiritual growth among men, helping them to mature as disciples as they encourage spiritual formation in others. The UMW is involved in Scouting, Habitat for Humanity and supports community programs benefitting those in need.

Earthkeepers

The Earthkeepers of the Forestville United Methodist believe we need to treat creation with reverence, care, and humility because we are utterly dependent upon it. They encourage everyone to act responsibly in all they do during their time on earth, to ensure future generations will be able to continue to enjoy the Earth and its wonders. Earthkeepers raise awareness to issues connected with taking good care of the Earth. They celebrate God's power and His amazing handiwork. The Earthkeepers understand that “The earth is the Lord's” and that "God saw all that He had made and it was very good."

Fellowship

The Fellowship Ministry at FUMC sponsors a variety of events to bring together people from the church and the local community in fellowship activities. Events have included the annual Variety Show, Tea and Classics, Madrigal Dinner, Bocce Ball, Game Night, Black & White Ball, Mystery Theater, Sock Hop, Heritage and Travel Nights with meals and more. There are also special Sundays - Hat, T-Shirt, Hawaiian Shirt, Apple Pie, Taco Soup - to build camaraderie in Christian spirit with others.

For more information on the any of these programs please call the church office or send us an email using the form below.