Minister J.C. Carpenter (1918), was the first Methodist Minister of record for PUMC. In 1921 the church purchased an unfinished house located behind the church and when work on the house was completed in 1922 it became the first parsonage. During the Prohibition Period of 1920-1933 there were unconfirmed reports that an unnamed pastor and local sheriff together were operating an illegal still in the church parsonage This rumor is probably unfounded as they were more likely devoted followers of the holy “Spirits”!
In 1925 PMC was officially named a Mission Church under the Methodist Conference and Rev. Ralph Crawford (1925-1927) became the first regularly assigned pastor. A period of growth quickly followed with the addition of a social hall/Sunday school, kitchen and choir loft which were completed.
We are now know as the Portola United Methodist Church.
Portola United Methodist Church has been a cornerstone in our community for over 100 years, and is best known for providing a safe, loving, and nurturing place for anyone who walks through our doors. No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome here. Just listen for the "old bell" ringing at 10:30 on Sunday morning, or give me call (530-832-4979). I would love to sit and chat!
Pastor Becky Stockdale
Come and see what happens when we work together to create a community of love by loving God and each other. All are welcome!
We are a small, rural, mountain community comprised of people of from all walks of life. There is something for everyone here!
We believe in loving God and each other, as we celebrate the mystery and grace of God through the giving of our time, talents, presence, and service to others. YOU are welcome here, too.
PUMC offers a variety of Bible studies, adult choir, youth group, children's Sunday school, and sponsor a variety of mission opportunities.