Moorpark United Methodist Church
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Spread the excitement of God's love in Moorpark
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261 Flory Avenue
Moorpark, CA 93021
(805) 529-1401
 
Sunday Worship 
 
9:30 AM - One Worship
 
10:30 AM - Fellowship
 
10:45 AM - Learning
 
Children Sunday School
is during One Worship
 
Wednesday Worship
 
6:00 PM - Worship
 
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Reverend Stephen Meadors
 
 Pastor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I’d like to preface by saying how very blessed I am by the fellowship and enthusiasm of the congregation of Moorpark MUMC. I’ve been pastor of this church since Spring of 2003, and getting to know these amazing congregants has enriched my life and spirit more than I can say.

When growing up, becoming a pastor was the last thing on my mind. You might find that unusual, given my background. I was born in North Texas, at the time my father was completing his final year of seminary at the Perkins School of Theology. Thereafter, we became the itinerant family of a Methodist minister, locating to North Arkansas then moving from town to town and church to church every few years.
This kind of life was quite a challenge for us, as we were always having to make new friends and adjust to new living spaces. People visited constantly with their tribulations and joys. We were expected to be accessible and hospitable at all times. Boyish mischief was not an option for pastors children, and my brother, James, was conscientious about it. Church was our way of life, day and night.

I entered Hendrix College as a history major. But during college breaks, I worked as a deckhand on riverboats that navigated the Arkansas and Mississippi waterways. I eventually left college altogether for a life on the river. I learned quickly, and soon worked my way up from deckhand to captain. I also began training in martial arts and eventually became a teaching black-belt in Tae Kwon Do. 

Needless to say, my years on the river exposed me to a very different, and rougher, side of life. I questioned the purpose for my being, the loving nature of God; the very existence of God. I read voraciously, exploring the various world religions as I searched for answers. In time, I came to recognize the loving presence of God in my life and felt a change within my soul. I returned to Hendrix College with a new major: religion. Upon graduation, I relocated to Southern California to study at the Claremont School of Theology and the Center for Process Studies.

I can’t say I chose the pastorship so much as God and the pastorship chose me. In 1990 I was ordained a Deacon in the North Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church.  I graduated from the Claremont School of Theology in 1992, and was given the President’s Award for Academic Excellence and the Whitman Award for Pastoral Counseling. I then embarked upon doctoral studies in theology and pastoral counseling at Claremont. My life suffered an abrupt jolt when my wife, Robin, died from a prolonged struggle with cystic fibrosis. Shortly thereafter I was ordained an elder in the United Methodist Church and was appointed to several counseling centers as my specialized ministry.

In 2002 I transferred to the California Pacific Annual Conference as I was appointed to Westlake Village UMC as an Associate Pastor. In 2003 I received my current appointment as Pastor at MUMC. I am the father of two girls, who are the apple of my eye. When I’m not working, I enjoy cycling, running, tennis, reading, and being around the people I love.
 
 
Church: 805.529.1401
Cell: 805.402.8031