Get to know our hard-working & dedicated staff below.  We're grateful for the men & women who God has called to serve the Body of Christ at Palmdale United Methodist Church.

  • Rev. Jim White - SENIOR PASTOR

    Pastor Jim White came to Palmdale UMC in July 2015 after serving 21 years of ministry in the Hawaiian Islands. He's lived in Virginia, Wyoming, Arizona, Hawaii, New Jersey, & now California. He married his high school sweetheart, Jody, and they have 2 children (Ezra & Emily), who are both married & living on their own in other states... and 2 dogs (Milo & Hope).  Jim enjoys sports, movies, reading, photography, Disneyland, cookies, & laughing! Contact him at

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    Pastor Jon joined the ministry of PUMC in July of 2020.  He oversees "Food For Thought" on Wednesday nights, the Youth & Young Adult ministries, and assists with the pastoral care of PUMC. Jon hails from the college town of Clemson in beautiful upstate South Carolina (go Tigers!) so you can find him wearing orange and purple on game days during football season. He enjoys hiking the great outdoors and spending quality time with friends, family, and his amazing wife Cordy. As a Methodist he cares a lot about spiritual growth and discipleship, community vitality, and social justice.

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  • Don Morris - MUSIC & WORSHIP

    Don was born and raised in Sun Valley and moved to the AV in 1995 with his wife Lise. After over 10 yrs of playing gigs in various groups all over SoCal, he finally found his home when he joined the first Praise Band at PUMC and turned his life over to Christ. Eventually he became Band Director and in 2008, after a lot of wrestling and prayer, left 15 years in the IT industry for full-time ministry. Husband and father of 3 (Ana, Donnie, and Reva) is one of his greatest joys. Don is an avid baseball fan and if he's not glued to a Pittsburgh Pirates broadcast or mourning the loss of the Lancaster Jethawks, he's counting the days until professional baseball returns to the Antelope Valley.

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  • Sandra Clemons - PUMES DIRECTOR

    Aka "Princess Sandra: Daughter of the King of Kings!" Born & raised TEXAN, Sandra came to California by way of the US Air Force. She's had the privilege of working in Early Childhood Education & related fields for over 23 years, 14 of which have been at Palmdale UMC Educational Services (PUMES). From teaching to administration, Sandra has experienced opportunities to fill students' days with hope, positive guidance, understanding, and love. She enjoys reading, dancing & going to the movies.  Contact her at


  • Jeannie Wirth - OFFICE MANAGER

    Jeannie spent her childhood years in South Dakota and most of her adult life in Wisconsin. In her mid 20's, Jeannie met a Swiss traveler named Caesar who would become her husband in 1988.  She  owned a childcare center in their home for 17years while their 2 sons were in their school years. When the boys left home, Jeannie got a job in a bakery department at a local grocery store. She soon became the bakery department manager and worked there for 11 years.  In 2018 Caesar's job brought them to Palmdale where he worked for USRA, a contractor for NASA. The two live in Quartz Hill with their 5 year old shelter dog Kelly. Jeannie's first job in Palmdale was at Von's grocery store where she worked 4 1/2 years before being hired at PUMC as the office manager. As long as they are living in "The Golden State" Caesar and Jeannie enjoy taking weekend trips to experience what California has to offer. They also like to travel back to the midwest to reconnect with friends and family.  Contact her at

  • Gloria Wright - TREASURER/Bookkeeper

    Gloria Wright is the Treasurer at Palmdale United Methodist Church (PUMC). At PUMC we believe in worshiping God in community, growing spiritually through Jesus Christ, practicing compassion in mission, and advocating for social justice. Gloria brings to PUMC more than 15 years experience in healthcare administration, specializing in financial and managerial accounting. As a long-term member at PUMC, Gloria has served as a Trustee, Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) liaison, participant in the bread ministry, and continues to serve as an usher, liturgist, and an active supporter of the senior ministry in whatever capacity needed.

  • Dathan Dedman - ACCOMPANIST

    Dathan is our uber-talented pianist, keyboardist, and overall musical genius. He provides music for both the Traditions & Generations Sunday morning worship experiences. Outside of church, Dathan teaches piano to many students in the Antelope Valley.  (He also plays a killer trumpet!)

  • beth mccoy - children's ministry

    Beth and her family have been attending PUMC since 2015.  As wife to Craig and mother to Owen and Jonah, she has spent the last 14 years as a stay-at-home mom.  Beth loves spending time with her family, crocheting, crafting and animals (especially dogs and cats).  A couple of years after starting at PUMC, she was asked to serve in Children's Ministry.  Beth is thrilled to officially join the PUMC team as a staff member, and is excited to be able to do more in the ministry.

  • Sal Lerma - CUSTODIAL CARE

  • Dustin Gomez - CUSTODIAL CARE