California Nevada Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church
The United Methodist Church is the second-largest Protestant denomination in the United States. The California-Nevada Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church is where you will find nearly 80,000 people of faith who are members of diverse cultures, spread across a diverse geography, who are united in a belief in the One we call Jesus Christ. The conference is divided into five districts made up of more than 370 United Methodist Churches and Fellowships. Each district is comprised of circuits. There are 40-50 clergy circuits, each having 8-12 members, including a named circuit leader. Guided by circuit leaders, pastors support, challenge, and encourage each other, collaborating for ministry development, spiritual growth, mutual accountability, vision-sharing, and strategic development toward making disciples and extending Christ's service beyond the Church.
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño currently serves as Bishop of the San Francisco Area of The United Methodist Church, and Resident Bishop for the California-Nevada conference. In 2004, she became the first Hispanic woman to be elected to the episcopacy of The UMC. Today, Bishop Carcaño is one of 69 active bishops leading more than twelve million members of her denomination worldwide.