Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.

Front of Church 3Welcome to First United Methodist Church, Santa Barbara. (FUMCSB). Located in downtown Santa Barbara, FUMCSB combines the Coastal California style with its rich tradition of Methodism. Our worship, described as warm traditional, is a reflection of our congregation. We are called to provide a meaningful experience that extends beyond Sunday worship and our outreach extends into our community and around the globe. 

If you are visiting Santa Barbara, or if you are new to the area, we would like to extend a personal invitation to you to come and visit. Please know that wherever you are on your journey of faith, you are welcome here. Blessings to you. 

Rev. Dr. Mark Richardson, Senior Pastor and Rev. Dr. Alan Strout, Associate Pastor



Prayers for Pastor Frank Schaefer and His Family 


The Judicial Council, the highest court of the United Methodist Church,  met on 

Frank SchaeferOctober 22nd in Memphis to hear the final appeal of Rev. Frank Schaefer who originally lost his ministerial credentials in December 2013 after performing a same-sex marriage ceremony for his son in 2007. He was re-instated in June 2014 and is now serving as senior pastor of the Isla Vista University Church. Those that filed the original complaint have appealed the re-instatement and the Oct. 22 Judicial Council will hear that final appeal. All are invited to attend a prayer vigil and/or to keep Frank, Brigitte and their family in private prayer. A decision is pending.

If you wish to contribute to Frank’s legal defenses, please go to and click “Donate” then choose the designation “Reconciling Clergy” OR mail a check made out to “Reconciling Ministries Network” with “Clergy Defense” in the memo line to RM Network, 123 West Madison Street, Suite 2150, Chicago, IL 60602.


“...I can call upon all people of faith and conscience to keep Frank, his family and our UMC in earnest, loving prayer, as we try to struggle gracefully through this painful time of divisive disagreement. I pray confidently that the church may emerge stronger, more hopeful and more faithful to both its biblical grounding and its prophetic calling, as it continues to make disciples of Jesus Christ and equip them for God’s transforming work in the world.”

Bishop Peggy Johnson, Eastern PA Annual Conference. June 2014.

FUMCSB Garden Preschool Registration

Garden PreschoolRegistration applications are still being accepted for the new 2014-2015 school year. Garden Preschool offers full and half-day programs Monday - Friday for ages 2 through Kindergarten in a caring, supportive and educational indoor and outdoor environment. To register, learn more about the preschool, or to schedule a visit, please call Heidi Casper, Director, at 805/451-5487.


fish 3026aSmall Groups at FUMCSB

You are invited to include a small group in your plans for spiritual growth in the Fall season. Please call the church office for more information about these groups:

  • Disciple Bible Study: The class will continue in January, 2015. 

  • Interfaith Prayer Shawl Ministry: Tuesdays, 2:00 p.m. in the Asbury Room. 

  • “Making Sense of the Bible” Study: Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. in the Asbury Room. Study of the book by Adam Hamilton. Led by Pastor Mark. 

  • Men’s Fellowship Breakfast: 3rd Thursday each month, 7:30 a.m. Moby Dick’s restaurant. Brief devotion, guest speakers, breakfast ($10).

  • My Story, My Service: Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. in Wesley Chapel. Personal stories of faith and service.

  • Stephen Ministry: Meets 2nd Wednesday each month at 7:00 p.m. See Pastor Alan. 

  • United Methodist Women: General meeting and program 2nd Thursday each month, plus monthly Circle meetings. All meetings in the Asbury Room.

  • Volleyball Spirituality: Fridays, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Fellowship Hall. The indoor beach ball fun.

  • Wesleyan Fellowship Group: Meets monthly - dates vary and based on activities. 

  • Widows and Single Women Fellowship: Meets last Saturday of each month at 5:00 p.m. in the Asbury Room.

  • Women of Spirit: Fridays, 10:00 a.m. in the Asbury Room. Book study of “The Jesus I Never Knew” by Philip Yancey. 

  • Youth Group: Sundays, 4 p.m. Fun activities and fellowship led by Izzy, Elizabeth, Gary, and Pastor Alan.


Latest Events and Activities

We have lots of upcoming events happening at FUMCSB. Check out our Sunday Bulletin Insert to see a listing.

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