Lodi First United Methodist Church is a multi-generational church of people who know God through following Jesus Christ. As a community of over 300 active participants, we range in age from newborns to faithful followers of Jesus for 100 years!

We are

  • Energetic children eager to learn about Jesus and share the love of God through their wise thoughts and caring actions. Learn more about Children’s Ministries.
  • Maturing youth asking questions of faith, growing relationships in small groups, and reaching out in service to the community and beyond. Learn more about Youth Ministries.
  • Parents of children and youth who desire to cultivate seeds of faith in our family life. Learn more about Adult Ministries.
  • Adults faithfully engaged in ministries of teaching, music, hospitality, service, leadership, worship, prayer, and more. Learn more about our ministries.

Lodi First United Methodist Church is the “church of the bells” that bless downtown Lodi with daily songs of praise. Chartered in 1871, we offer fresh expressions of ministry for the current day.

As a United Methodist Church of Open Hearts, Open Minds, and Open Doors, you are invited to grow in the love of God and neighbor with us!

CORE VALUES of First United Methodist Church, Lodi

We, the people of First United Methodist Church of Lodi, hold these values central, as we live in ministry together with children, youth, and adults of all ages:

  1. FAITH – Knowing, loving and trusting God through Jesus
  2. SPIRITUALITY – Worshiping God through music, prayer and scripture
  3. COMPASSION – Serving our community and the world
  4. RESPECT – Acknowledging each person’s unique walk of faith
  5. LOVE – Caring for one another.
Core Values

Ministry Leaders:

Photo, Pastor

Rev. Lori Sawdon, Pastor
Photo, Director of Youth Ministries

Nora Olsen,
Director of Youth Ministries
Photo, Director of Music Ministries

Sharon Penner,
Director of Music Ministries
 Staff photo

Sandi Walker-Tansley,
Director of Family Ministry