Learn more about First Church's community, our history, mission, and meet the church leaders.

Our Values

We are a faith community that is deeply rooted in the values of Jesus.

We are a community passionately committed:


To the celebration of God and life;


To the call for justice;

To promoting a thoughtful, maturing adult spirituality;


To engaging young people in a journey of faith;


To supporting the arts and enhancing appreciation of life;


To be a family for persons of all sexual and affectional orientations and gender identities;


To embrace diversity across spiritual, racial, cultural, generational, or economic lines.


We are a Faith Community that shares a Vision of itself as a creative, loving, welcoming, Christ-centered, and Justice-focused faith community.


We are a Faith Community that is clear about its Mission to make God’s Love real in our congregations, in our wider community and in our world.


Our History

Sacramento First United Methodist Church was one of the first churches to be built in the Sacramento area back in the mid 1800s when California was seeking statehood. Here is an artist rendition of the various buildings the church was housed in over the years.

The following watercolros of the various buildings used by the Methodists over the years were painted in 1984 by life long Methodist Frances Riemer Burt. 

Burt moved to Sacramento from a southern Wisconsin farming community in 1954 and brought her family to worship at the larget Methodist church in Sacramento at the time. Over the years, she taught Sunday School, organized art shows and displays, served on or chaired various commissions, wrote and produced plays and was an active member of the United Methodist Women.

Rod Brayfindley 
John Hillebrandt

Director of Worship and Music Arts  mystykle@gmail.com 

Tracee Siminoni-Clarke

Children/Youth Ministries Director


Deana Dean

Children/Youth Ministries Assistant Director  deanad37@gmail.com