Our Pastors


Rev. Dr. Mark Richardson is the Senior Minister of First United Methodist ChurchMark and DallisMark and Dallis,

Santa Barbara. Mark has been in pastoral ministry for thirty-three years, serving in such diverse settings as a large suburban church near Chicago,an urban commuter church in San Diego, a small rural parish in Imperial Valley, a campus ministry at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, the reserve chaplaincy in the United States Air Force, and most recently churches in Los Osos and Santa Maria along the central coast of California. 

Mark writes worship liturgy, children's messages, song lyrics, and poetry (for fun) and he and his wife Dallis enjoy movies, reading, good food and good friends. Dallis is an accomplished photographer. Mark enjoys long distance running and tennis. Mark has two young adult children, Ethan and Hannah, both living in California. Dallis has a daughter, Wendy, who lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Pastor Mark believes that the Church is to be an instrument of God's grace and peace in the community, and that God calls each of us to some form of ministry, giving us the gifts we need to fulfill our calling. Christ is present in our midst when we are open to the transforming love of God.



Rev. Dr. Alan Strout was born in Ohio, and raised in Southern California. His educational background includes degrees from UC Riverside and Claremont School of Theology. His experience also includes clinical training in hospital, prison, and substance abuse ministries. 


Strout Family May 2016
Back row from left: Matt and Nathan
Middle row: Katie, Alan, Patti, and Monica Front row: Harper, Simon, Tucker and Sawyer 
Alan began his parish ministry as Pastor of the 29 Palms United Methodist Church in 1978. He then served as Associate Pastor at Glendale First United Methodist, and was appointed as Associate Pastor at Santa Barbara First United Methodist Church in February of 2006. While his areas of ministry focus in the area of Parish Care Ministries, he is also staff liaison for Faith and Society, Missions, Children Youth & Family Ministries, Morning Song, Health Ministries, Small Groups,  and Stephen Ministries. Areas of service interest beyond the parish for Alan have included youth summer camps, community hunger and homeless issues, SB Clergy Association, and North District Committee on Ministry. 


Alan is the husband of Patti Strout, a computer resource teacher in a local private school. They have two children Nathan (and Monica) Strout, and Katie (and Matt) Fortune. They have been blessed with two granddaughters and two grandsons born 5 days apart, Sawyer and Tucker Strout and Harper and Simon Fortune.

lovely ladiesDallis Richardson and Patti Strout


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