About

Our Leadership

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Christian Jung

Lead Pastor

Christian Jung is a 1.5 generation, “bilingual and bicultural” Korean American, born and raised in Korea, yet educated in the United States since age twelve. Growing up in a transcultural and transgenerational context, he has gained solid ground in conflict management skills.

Christian has worked closely with the people on the margins through various ministerial settings, such as the homeless, prostitutes, and inmates.

‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.'
-Matthew 25:40

He is a Provisional Member (Elder) in the California-Pacific Conference of the United Methodist Church. Christian holds a BA in Telecommunication from Baylor University and a MDiv from Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

He has pastored churches in North Texas and Cal- Pac Conferences and is currently appointed as the lead pastor of the First UMC of Reseda, California.

He is married to Angella and has a daughter Sarah and a son Christian J.

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Farid "Chef Fred" Abbassi
Event Chef

"Chef Fred" has been part of Reseda UMC since December 2021 when he joined to assist with our Kingdom Christmas Banquet.  Since then he has been part of our Reseda family preparing hot meals for our friends at Kingdom Food Pantry and various church events.

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Donna Edmundson
Ministry Assistance

Donna is a long time member of Reseda UMC and a candidate for Certified Lay Minister.  She has taken a new role as Ministry Assistant to work along with Pastor Christian.  She will assist with membership care, visitation and counseling, maintain church ministry calendar and assist with Covenant group teachings.  She will also assist with all Kingdom ministries to be a liaison for missional opportunities,

Church Vision

The vision of First United Methodist Church of Reseda is to be a family of faith where all people are welcome within a caring fellowship to worship God and be in service with the community and the world.

Our Faith

As United Methodists, we have an obligation to bear a faithful Christian witness to Jesus Christ, the living reality at the center of the Church’s life and witness. To fulfill this obligation, we reflect critically on our biblical and theological inheritance, striving to express faithfully the witness we make in our own time.

Source: http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/basics-of-our-faith

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GETTING INVOLVED

Do you have talents to serve and be part of the kingdom building. Contact the church office to volunteer.

• Helping in the church office during the week
• Helping with food pantry on Wednesdays
• Helping with fixing thing around the church with gift of your “handy”
• Helping with children’s ministry on Wednesdays and Sundays
• Help serve coffee and cookies on Sundays during fellowship

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Reseda Church History

The beginning of the First United Methodist Church was set against the backdrop of a rural community composed of a school, grocery store, drugstore, food store, service station and a bank. The heart of Reseda was the intersection of Sherman Way and Reseda Boulevard.

Harry and Elsie Cady were the pioneers who fostered a dream of forming a church. This dream was born in September, 1923, when they invited interested persons to attend a Sunday School in their home. Twenty-four attended the first class. An enthusiasm was sparked and meetings continued in homes, a vacant store building, and a bean factory where the only bench was a bean sack.

The church was officially chartered in 1924 as the Reseda Community Church in the Pacific Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, with the Rev. Enoch Eiland as the first pastor.

To meet the needs of a growing church, a new building was begun in February, 1925 and completed on August 9, 1925 at the cost of $16,000. It was located at the corner of Amigo and Gault.

The continuing growth of the congregation over the next twenty-seven years led to a decision in 1952 to relocate. Building funds were raised through pledges amounting to $58,000, the sale of the existing site and contributions from Temple Judea which had shared the church's facilities for two years.

 

Ground breaking at the corner of Lindley and Saticoy took place on May 23, 1954. During construction, worship services were held at the Reseda Theater and classes were conducted in homes. The Chapel, Friendship Hall, Fireside Room, and Church School rooms were dedicated on February 20, 1955. Construction of the sanctuary followed and the dedication was held in 1961.

In 1968, the West Van Nuys United Methodist Church, which had begun its ministry in 1950, merged with the First United Methodist Church of Reseda, with the membership of the two congregations being joined.

A total of thirty pastors have been appointed to the Van Nuys and Reseda churches during the years of their ministry. For the past eighty-eight years the First United Methodist Church has played a vital part in the life of the community. Known for inspiring music, mission and outreach in the local community and around the world, and a strong education ministry, the church continues to serve with dedication and endless care.

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