Pastor Lois Black and Yuba City First United Methodist Church believe that a personal relationship with Jesus Christ must be the starting place for any understanding of God at work in our lives. Rev. Dr. Black’s road to ministry began with her call at age 13. Lois is married and she and her husband, Shannon, are blessed as the parents of seven. One might say Lois practiced her shepherding skills at home. Prior to her appointment with Yuba City FUMC, Pastor Lois held staff positions with this congregation for the four years leading up to her current appointment. Including service as Associate Pastor. She also served as Pastor-In-Charge to Parkside United Methodist Church in Williams, CA for three years.
Rev. Dr. Black’s education includes her Bachelor’s Degree, graduating Summa Cum Laude, and being named Strategic Management student of the year from California State University in Sacramento. She received academic honors from Golden Key Honor Society, Beta Gama Sigma, and was named in Who’s Who. She continued her education at Fuller Theological Seminary and San Francisco Theological Seminary where she received her Masters of Divinity and Asbury Theological Seminary where she received her Doctor of Ministry. During Yuba City First United Methodist’s 150-year history, she is the first woman to address the congregation as Pastor-In-Charge. When asked about the inerrancy of Scriptures, Rev. Dr. Black said, “I believe God’s Word is without error, but our interpretations are not”. The church is committed to the old fashioned principles of God with a focus on the practical application of those principles to our lives in the 21st century. Yuba City First United Methodist Church says they have Good News to share. Rev. Dr. Black’s focus will be on relevant ways of sharing the good news in light of today’s issues.