Church Administrator

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Matt is the Lead Pastor at here at First United. He is known for engaging and thought-provoking sermons and for riding his pink skateboard around the church. Matt started pastoring after studying philosophy and religion at Point Loma Nazarene University and Claremont School of Theology. It was at seminary that Matt found his passion for ministry, specifically for gathering people who have been traditionally left out by the mainstream Church. His academic spin on the Bible and theology is one key reason for his love of preaching and teaching. You can follow him on Instagram at @revhambrick.

Brian is the Teaching Pastor here at First United, sharing his gifts with us alongside Christ Church by the Sea in Newport Beach, Community UMC in Huntington Beach, and Mesa Verde UMC in Costa Mesa. He sees his call as a guide to others both within and outside of the Church. An academic guide. A theological guide. An emotional guide. A spiritual guide. A life guide. He has been a guide for many folks over the years, helping them navigate their own life journeys, their own travels, the bumps in the road along those journeys, but also the moments of celebration, the moments of theological reflection, and the moments of asking hard questions. In each of these he has felt called to remind folks that they are loved – that they are God’s beloved made in the image of God.


Teaching Pastor