…an inclusive community
responding to God’s love…

Claremont United Methodist Church

Our new toll-free phone number: 844-251-6335

New email addresses are now in use!

* Mark Wiley:

* Martha Morales:

* Jessica Johnston: EITHER or

Previous “.org” address will continue to function for a short time. It is our plan that they will then reappear at a later date when our web-hosting has been updated.

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First Ever Class of Stephen Ministers at Claremont UMC Commissioned on Sunday, August 14, 2016.
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Photo of new Stephen Ministers provided by Lee Rawley assisted by Reggie Smith, guest and photographer.

From left to right: Pastor Mark Wiley, and new Stephen Ministers Rev. Mary Beck, Annabel Unland (trainer for the program with Pastor Morales), Paula Hui, Pastor Martha Morales, Al Smith, Lee Rawley, Henry Jefferson. Absent at photo-op: Merrill Verill.

Our group of five Stephen Ministers and two leaders is has reached the end of our initial 50 hours of training. Those being trained are Henry Jefferson, Paula Hui, and Merrill Verrill, as well as Al Smith and Lee Rawley, both of whom have served in their previous congregations as Stephen Ministers. Al Smith, Rev. Mary Beck, and Pastor Mark Wiley have also been previously trained as Stephen Leaders.

These people are ready to serve the people of Claremont UMC and the broader community as caregivers for people going through challenging times in their lives. The role of the Stephen Minister is to walk alongside others who need the listening ear and caring heart of someone who’s doing all they can to follow Christ in reaching out with compassion for those who are hurting. Those trained are Henry Jefferson, Paula Hui, and Merrill Verrill, as well as Al Smith and Lee Rawley, both of whom have served in their previous congregations as Stephen Ministers. Al Smith, Rev. Mary Beck, and Pastor Mark Wiley have also been previously trained as Stephen Leaders.

Through our weekly training sessions, we have learned how to begin our caring relationships with those in need in our congregation or in our community. We’ve spent me focusing on keeping our caring relationships open, honest and confidential. We’ve learned a bit about walking alongside someone experiencing deep grief or depression, and when to call for professional mental health care. We’ve recognized the value of the relaitonships we’ve developed among the Stephen Ministers through six months of training, and know that we will be able to support one another in our caring relationships.

Stephen Ministers are well-trained and supported in their ministry, but they are not professional counselors or therapists. They can provide supportive care for those who feel overwhelmed with the challenges of life. These situations might include the loss of a loved one, or the loss of a job. It could be the joy of a new baby, that brings along unanticipated struggles as well. The need for a companion like a Stephen Minister could include a serious illness, depression, or a divorce. Someone who is themselves a caregiver for another might benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister.

If you believe that you or someone you know could benefit from the caring companionship of one of our well-trained Stephen Ministers, please contact one of our Stephen Leaders: Annabel Unland, (714) 329-8764 or or Rev. Martha Morales, (909) 732- 8499 or They will help you to connect with a Stephen Minister and begin the journey toward healing and wholeness.

It is our hope that we will be able to begin our new caring relationships early in the fall. Be thinking if you or someone you know might benefit from the companionship of a Stephen Minister. Please keep our group and those we’ll soon serve in your prayers.

~ Annabel Unland and Rev. Martha Morales, Stephen Leaders

Our Sunday Schedule


  • 9:30 a.m.

Sunday School

  • children leave from worship

  • adults ~10:30 a.m.

Young Adult Fellowship

  • ~10:30 a.m.

Youth Fellowship

  • 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Other Weekly Events

  • Choirs, Music, Dance & Theater programs for children & adults

  • Study & Fellowship Groups

  • Preschool for ages 2-5

  • Service & Social Witness Events

Where We Are

  • Claremont United Methodist Church

  • 211 W. Foothill Blvd.

  • Claremont, CA 91711

  • View Address in Google Maps

Our Pastors and Church Office

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Our Mission Statement

As followers of Jesus Christ, we are an inclusive community, responding to God’s love and grace.
  • We nurture one another on our spiritual journeys.
  • We work for peace and justice.
  • We serve others and God’s creation.
Together we seek God’s creative transformation of the world and of individual hearts.

—Adopted by CUMC Church Council, 2009

We are part of the CalPac Conference

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The vision statement of California Pacific Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church: “Inspiring the world as passionate followers of Jesus Christ so all may experience God’s life-giving love.”

We are a Reconciling Congregation

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As faithful disciples of Jesus and His teachings, we advocate for the full inclusion and acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons and their families in the church and community.

We Affirm God’s Covenant with the Jewish People

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The Claremont United Methodist Church publicly states its affirmation that Judaism is a continuing bulwark of faith, that it has not been superseded by Christianity, that God has not rejected the Jewish people, that the Jewish people have never lost their covenant with God, that salvation is available to Jews as a covenant people, that the Jews as an historic nation are not responsible for, and therefore not to be blamed for, the death of Jesus, and that Jews should not be pressured to convert to Christianity
Furthermore, we state that anti-Judaism in ail forms should be universally condemned. We ask forgiveness for past sins and persecutions against the Jewish people. We pray that old barriers to communication and understanding will be removed and that the relationships of this church with the congregation of the local Jewish community will be enhanced.

Approved by the Administrative Board, 1/19/1993.

As part of the United Methodist Church we Respect Islam and Oppose Discrimination against Muslims.

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“The United Methodist Church, in the knowledge that Jesus calls us to the blessings of peacemaking and reminds us that the highest law is to love God and neighbor, calls its members and its leaders:
  1. To oppose demagoguery, manipulation, and image making that seeks to label Arabs and Muslims in a negative way;
  2. To counter stereotypical and bigoted statements made against Muslims and Islam, Arabs and Arabic culture;
  3. To increase knowledge of neighbor by study and personal contact that yield a greater appreciation of the Muslim and Arabic contributions to society;
  4. To act decisively to include Arabs and Muslims in interfaith and community organizations;
  5. To pray for the perfection of community among us and to participate fully in the process of bringing it into being; and
  6. To publicly denounce through statements from the Council of Bishops and the General Board of Church and Society current practices that discriminate against this community.”
Excerpted from 2012 United Methodist Book of Resolutions, Social Principles, ¶ 162B Cf. ”What We Believe”
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