Rev. Jonathan Tarman (You can call him Pastor JT)
I have been Pastor of this congregation since July 2014, serving under the appointment of our Bishop. Prior to that, I served as Associate Pastor of San Jose First UMC and as Pastor of Youth and Education at Torrance First UMC. While I love living in Bay Area, my origins are quite different. I was raised on a farm in Southwest Kansas in a community that truly taught me the value of serving God and others. After graduating from Kansas State University, I received my Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena.
While working and studying in Pasadena, I met my beautiful and compassionate wife, Kimberly. Kim also received her Master of Divinity from Fuller along with a Masters in Psychology and recently completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She is passionate about her current work as a social worker in Oakland. We have two beautiful daughters, Promise and Haven, and we love every moment of growing and smiling with them.
I am passionate about preaching, leading Bible studies, getting to know new people, and serving our community with the fantastic and committed members of our church. I emphasize a living personal faith, lived out together in concrete ways in the world. I lead our congregation with the aim of glorifying God in worship, introducing people to Jesus Christ through evangelism, and helping persons of all ages to become deeply committed disciples of Jesus who live the love and justice of God in their daily lives. I invite you to come and join us on this journey!