Congregation and Pastoral Care:
We are here for you! Feel free to leave a phone message anytime (310-393-8258) or email message for any of the church staff. The Pastoral Care line (310-393-8258 and enter extension 1), is always available for people to leave a message requesting care.
If you have any questions, need assistance, or would like to volunteer to help with our homebound folks, please call Anne Premer at (310)393-8258 ext 103. To see a full list of local community resources, go to the First UMC Congregation Care Resources webpage.
Pastoral Care Team:
Rev. Patricia Farris (Senior Minister)
Rev. Patricia Farris, a native of Phoenix, Arizona, has over forty years experience in local church and campus ministry, and has been with First UMC Santa Monica for 24 years. A graduate of Harvard Divinity School, she has served local churches in Gardena and Los Angeles, in addition to serving as superintendent of the San Diego District prior to being appointed to First UMC of Santa Monica. Her interests are in preaching, teaching, worship and church renewal. (Read More on the website)
Tricia Guerrero (Pastoral Associate for Family Ministries)
Tricia was born and raised in Texas, and is a life-long United Methodist, discovering early on her passion for service and leadership. After 6 years of working in faith-based non-profits in Chapel Hill, NC, she came to California to attend seminary and then stayed after discerning a call towards leadership in the church. Tricia is passionate about helping all ages to know God’s love as real and to connect our faith to our daily lives. She finds this especially meaningful with children and youth, helping them to find places where their joy and passion intersect with the world’s needs. In her free time she loves to hike, read, and explore the sights and happenings in the community.
Anne Premer (Congregation Care Associate)
Anne joined the First UMC staff in 2016. Originally from New York, she graduated from the University of Delaware with a B.A. in Psychology. After working years in the entertainment industry and experiencing some life-changing events, Anne felt compelled to follow a calling to serve in pastoral care. She is passionate about helping people and finds working with our older adults very meaningful, particularly as they face the challenges of aging. She feels privileged to bring God’s grace and healing touch of humor to our homebound members as well, always reminding them that they’re never alone and never forgotten. In her free time, she loves music, yoga, and having fun with family and friends.