Our Pastoral Staff


Pastor Ellie
Pastor Ellie Lubiano

Greetings, Brothers and Sisters in Christ!

In this season of the year 2018, I came to reflect on how great is our God, the wonders of God's grace and His love. "Our lives change, our circumstances change, and the world changes, but God remains unchanged. He is the same yesterday, today and forever." (Hebrews 13:8). No matter where the currents of ministry life may lead us, we can be safe in the arms of our unchanging God.

There have been challenges and emotional upheavals. I am reminded to 'Let go of the past' and 'let God'. "To let go" is to not regret the past, but instead to grow and live for the future. God hears more than our words. He listens to our hearts. All of our efforts and labor in the Lord will not be in vain. "Come work for the Lord." Physical and human energy resources become actual deeds of service and love. Let God use YOU to make a difference!

Working together in harmony keeps us moving forward. All your efforts of enthusiasm, ideas, gifts, and graces that you have shared are greatly appreciated. I share my thanks to everyone who has assisted in ways great and small to make my ministry here possible!

We will move toward the realization of this goal for 2018 and beyond. Let us continue to speak up, telling others about our wonderful loving church as we keep on inviting them for worship, fellowship, Bible study, Holy Conferencing, workshop, meeting, retreat, etc. Share your belief in Jesus Christ! Show by your example what it means to be a Christian in peace and love.

Keep on praying for our next journey together.

                            In His Service,

                            Pastor Ellie


Lay Minister Joe Hoffmann

Lay Minister Joe lives in Alta, CA with his wife Barbara.  They were married in 1972 and have four grown children.  Joe has been a member of God’s family since the age of seven.  He has been affiliated over the years with Brethren, Baptist, and Presbyterian churches but has called Dutch Flat UMC home since 1986.  In 2009 Joe completed United Methodist Church Certified Lay Minister Training and since then has been elected annually by Gold Country Community Parish to serve as a Lay Minister in the Parish.

In addition to sharing the word of the Lord, Joe has shared the world of Mathematics with both children and adults.  He taught at Sierra College for16 years and has served in a number of capacities in support of Mathematics education since he first received his Life-Time Secondary Teaching Credential at age 23.


Lay Minister Madella S.

Madella S. has worked with animals all her life. She grew up on a farm, became a Vet Tech and has worked as a long haul truck driver. But all that time, she has been a United Methodist.

Madella came to Colfax in 2012 and immediately began to work in the church and parish. In the spring of 2014 she completed the Certified Lay Ministry (CLM) Training. Since becoming a CLM, Madella has worked tirelessly inviting and creating connections for everyone she meets. Madella participates in Small Groups and leads both the Hand Chime choir in Colfax and a study group.


Lay Minister Bill Hart

Bill is a widower with two grown children, Alex and Melissa. It had been Bill's dream, since he first came to Camp Alta as a young boy, to someday become part of our community. After his retirement as a government advisor, Bill saw this lifelong dream come true. He has been a resident of the Dutch Flat area (Chrystal Springs) for more than fourteen years, now, which he says "almost" makes him a local.


As a lifelong Methodist, Bill believes a faith in God is, at best, lukewarm if not coupled with service. He has served and continues to serve our community in a number of capacities, including as a chaplain with Emergency Services, Disaster Relief, area hospitals and hosp
ice. 

As the Lay Leader for Dutch Flat and a Conference Lay Minister (CLayM) for Gold Country Co-operative Parish (GCCP), Bill loves bringing the Word to those that would hear. He believes church is a

 place to praise God, come to know His gift of love and salvation found in Jesus Christ and, find support and give support for each other. For Bill, church is not for the perfect, but for those, like him, who have lived a broken life in a broken world. He welcomes all, no matter how "lost" they might feel. 

Most days, when not serving the community, you can find him out in the diggins or TNF enjoying the Lord's bounty and looking for those that might need someone to "just listen".

Lay Minister George Beckman

George taught 6th grade most of his life. The last four years he was a Technology Coach, teaching teachers and students how to integrate technology into the classroom. He and his wife, Ruth, were US-2, two-year home missionaries, for the United Methodist Church, serving at the McCurdy Missions in New Mexico. Returning to California, George was the

George
Chancel Choir director at the Madera UMC for over thirty years. He taught an adult Sunday School class for twenty years and became a Lay Speaker and then an Advanced Lay Speaker. In 2011, George and Ruth moved to Colfax and joined the ColfaxUMC. "It was the best decision of our lives."

In his spare time, George enjoys playing the piano and working on projects at home.

In 2016 George trained as a Certified Lay Pastor (CLM) and has been assigned to the Gold Country Community Parish.


Lay Minister Ruth Beckman

Ruth taught primary grades. She and George, were US-2, two-year home missionaries, for the United Methodist Church, serving at the McCurdy Missions in New Mexico. Returning to California, Ruth raised children and taught. The last

Ruth
eleven years of her career she was a Teacher Leader, teaching teachers how to teach reading. In 2011, Ruth and George moved to Colfax and joined the ColfaxUMC. "It was the best decision of our lives."

In her spare time, Ruth enjoys digging in the dirt.

In 2016 Ruth trained as a Certified Lay Pastor (CLayM) and has been assigned to the Gold Country Community Parish.

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