Join us for our Sunday Worship Celebration (child care is provided) – 10:30 a.m.
Sunday School – 10:30 a.m.
Iunisi Tovo, Pastor
Ann Rosenfeld, Administrative Assistant
Pastor Iunisi is now in her third year at SebUMC!
We are so pleased that Pastor Iunisi Tovo continues to lead our congregation. Recently reconfirmed to begin her third year at Sebastopol UMC, Pastor Iunisi is bringing her energy and ideas, and those of our congregants, to fruition via the process of “claity” — clergy and laity working closely together for the good of all. Youth programs are getting her full support, and we are happy to see more of our young members and their friends becoming involved in church programs and events. Philosophical and religious study groups are also on the increase, engaging participants through thoughtful reading and discourse.
A little background: Pastor Iunisi was born on the island of Tonga in the South Pacific. The fourth of eight children, she felt inspired from an early age by her parents, who were both ministers in the Wesleyan churches of Tonga. She attended college and worked as a civil servant in Tonga before moving to San Carlos, California, to begin what would be many years of dedicated service to the Falehufanga First Tongan United Methodist Church there. In addition, Pastor Iunisi has two adult children — son Michael works out of state; daughter Finausina (“Finau”) works for the College of San Mateo.
During the last 20 years, Pastor Iunisi has served in a variety of capacities, including Sunday school teacher and Sunday school Superintendent. She was also a youth and young adult director for more than ten years, and has been very active in the UMW (United Methodist Women) as Vice President for the Golden Gate District UMW, Spiritual Coordinator for the El Camino District, and the Cal-Nevada Conference Director for Lay Servant Ministries. Every year, Pastor Iunisi adds to her list of involvements and accomplishments, all undertaken to enhance church life for her church’s members.
Iunisi has completed her certificate in Ministry Studies from California Berkeley Pacific School of Religion, and is a certified Lay Ministry graduate. She continues her education at the Claremont School of Theology while serving as our pastor.
Pastor Iunisi’s warmth, wisdom, and experience helps lay people to find expression for their faith and support for their concerns. We hope you will visit SebUMC for Sunday 10:30 worship, and stay for our post-service Coffee Hour!
If you would like to arrange a consultation with Pastor Iunisi, please contact the church office for an appointment at 707-823-7971.
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