Pastor Bridie C. Roberts has been called to the work of faith and justice since an early age. Raised in the United Methodist Church, she was urged by her local congregation to follow her call into ministry. She preached her first sermon at the age of 15 at First United Methodist Church in Des Moines, IA. While attending the Claremont School of Theology she was appointed to serve as Local Pastor of Pico Union Shalom Ministries in Los Angeles, formerly a Shalom Zone Ministry of the United Methodist Church. Under her leadership, this Spanish-speaking/bilingual ministry focused on making disciples of Christ, engaged in neighborhood peace building, and created free community education programs. The congregation also completed a substantial affordable housing project for the neighborhood. Following her work at Pico Union Shalom Ministries, Pastor Bridie provided pastoral support on a volunteer basis with Venice United Methodist Church and Hollywood United Methodist Church, where she is a certified candidate for ministry. Both congregations recognized important gifts of preaching, prayer, liturgy, and sacrament in her work.
While offering pastoral support at various local congregations, Pastor Bridie concurrently served as Program Director of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice, Los Angeles. She has also worked as a community organizer around affordable housing issues, grass roots urban planning and community greening, and poverty issues in New York City, NY, Seattle, Washington, and Des Moines, IA. Originally from Miami, Florida, Bridie has lived in many places in the US, and attended college at Grinnell College, in Grinnell, IA, graduating with a BA in Political Science. In 2006 Pastor Bridie graduated from the Claremont School of Theology with a Masters of Divinity, emphasis in Urban Ministries. She has studied Spanish and traveled in Mexico, Central America, and parts of South America.
She is pastor of Alhambra First United Methodist Church and First United Methodist Church of La Puente.
Cynthia Tuell, a lay member at Upland First UMC, has been active in the Cal-Pac MFSA for fifteen years as a member of the Leadership Team and as the manager of the MFSA booth and coffee bar at Annual Conference for some of that time. She is retired from teaching composition and rhetoric at the University of California, Riverside.
Rev. Sandie Richards
Sandie Richards is a progressive United Methodist minister and a passionate advocate for justice with a special emphasis on issues relating to global women’s equality, sexuality, and reproductive health. She has been at the forefront of such important movements as Living Wages, Workers’ Rights, Marriage Equality, Ending Gun Tragedies, and Human Rights in the US as well as the Philippines. An experienced advocate and spokesperson, she is in demand as a speaker and has been a contributor on shows such as TYT’s The Point, and Independent Thinking with Steve Gelder. Sandie is the coordinator for Peace with Justice Ministries with California-Pacific Annual Conference’s Justice & Compassion Essential Ministries Team and member of the board of directors of Progressive Christians Uniting where she brings her skills in applying social media in developing social movements.
Sandie is the pastor of First United Methodist Church of San Fernando.
Rev. Richard Bentley
Richard began his career in ministry serving in Jesuit Volunteer Corps. working as a teacher’s aid in a low-income part of Portland, OR. Jesuit Volunteers work from a perspective of simplicity, social justice and spirituality. He went on to graduate with his Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago with an emphasis in cross cultural communication. There he learned to do Saul Alinsky-style community
organizing. He has led three different congregations that worship in two
languages, and served two different terms as convener of the Cal-Pac Chapter.
In 2012, he joined the national staff of MFSA as a cross-cultural common witness
coordinator and traveled to both Africa and the Philippines during that time.
Over the last several years helped found, organize and lead what has
become the “international hospitality” team of the Love Your Neighbor
Coalition (also known as LYNC) that works to build bridges between progressive United
Methodists in the US and United Methodists around the world. He serves as the Vice Chair of the Western Methodist Justice Movement.