Rev. Mark Cordes
209-466-5046 ext. 2
Mark C Cordes was appointed to serve as pastor to Central UMC on July 1, 2021. Mark has served at several other churches in the California Nevada Annual Conference over the last 15+ years of ministry. In part due to COVID for the last year Mark was a part time pastor and full time executive director of a non-profit focused on advocating for fair and equitable public transportation in San Francisco and the Bay Area. Before entering ministry Mark was an entrepreneurial business person in the restaurant industry in concepts ranging from small chef boutique restaurants to large mid-market steak houses. Usually Mark worked to finalize business plans, oversee construction, General Manage(GM) the opening, and now and then Chef/GM locations in and around the Washington DC area.
Mark is excited to join the Central UMC team!
Rev. Viseth Hou
Viseth Hou began serving the Cambodian Stockton community as an associate pastor for Central United Methodist Church and the Cambodian congregation on July 1st, 2018. Prior to this appointment, he served as a local church lay servant for five years at the Cambodian Point Pleasant United Methodist Church in Elk Grove, California.
Originally from Cambodia, Viseth earned a Bachelor’s degree from the National Institute of Management in Phnom Pehn, Cambodia. Not long after, he and his family moved to the United States so that he and his wife could attend Ashland Theological Seminary (ATS) in Ashland, Ohio. Sponsored by a scholarship for international students, he was able to continue his education and received a Master of Divinity degree in 2008. Through the National Brethren Church, Viseth and family moved to Stockton, California in 2009. He ministered as the Pastor of God’s Purpose Church and was ordained into the Brethren Church in May 2012.
Viseth heard God’s calling and has passion to help restore the lost connection between older and younger generations as well as work with all Americans to help people grow spiritually in Jesus Christ.
His interests are caring and praying for the sick, helping the poor, and comforting those who are broken in spirit. He and his wife, Socheata, live in Stockton and their two children, Victor and Victoria, who are both attending Delta College.
Rev. Dr. Gary Putnam
The Rev. Dr. Gary Putnam served as Senior Pastor at Central UMC 1990-2003. His is the longest tenure of all pastors in the 171 years of our church. Previously he served as Pacific’s University Chaplain, and in campus ministries in Iowa and Wisconsin.
209-466-5046 ext. 1
Susie joined the Central team in the fall of 2013 as the Church Administrator. Her friendly smile is the first thing people see when they come by the office during the week. Susie oversees the daily operations of the church, facilities and supervision of volunteers and facility staff. She also coordinates the many activities, events, tenants and church programs.
She enjoys designing the newsletter, flyers, signs, brochures and invitations for the various church events and ministries. She also creates the logos and graphics for special events.
Susie graduated from University of Pacific with a degree in Communication. Before coming to Central, she worked in the Human Resources Department at California Pacific Medical Center and for St. John’s Presbyterian Church, both in San Francisco.
When not at work, Susie enjoys spending time with her husband Aaron and their families. She loves anything outdoors and in the mountains. Her hobbies and likes are: hiking, biking, reading and photography.
Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries
209-466-5046 ext. 6
Robbie first felt called into young people’s ministry while working for youth service and empowerment non-profits in his late teens and early 20’s. While working for the Sierra Service Project, Robbie developed an understanding that service to others and a spiritual faith go hand in hand. He comes to us from Portland, Oregon where he studied Youth Ministry and Church Recreation at George Fox University.
During his first few years in ministry, Robbie felt a significant call-to-action based on Micah 6:8, to “Seek Justice, Love Kindness, and Walk Humbly” and it is with this theme that Robbie works to build upon youth and young adult programs here at Central.
In his spare time Robbie enjoys reading, cycling, and desperately searching for the best pizza in town. Robbie loathes glitter, pickles, and flat tires.
209-466-5046 ext. 4
Through Central’s Ministry to Seniors, Martha works with adults in many stages of life transitions. Coordinating with the Senior Pastor, Martha focuses on visitation, caring for those suffering illness or loss, and supporting those facing life changes or difficult situations.
She works with volunteers whose spiritual gifts are helping and serving others through visits, calls, prayer, prayer shawls, and dealing with the issues of aging. She acts as a clearinghouse, linking people with appropriate resources, and has facilitated a weekly Caregivers’ Support Group at Central since 2012.
A lifelong United Methodist from a large family, Martha took a circuitous route to becoming Central’s Parish Visitor in 2006. She has worked as an English teacher, an orthodontic practice manager, dorm director, newsletter editor, and in building materials–all of which contributed to helping her with Senior issues. Plus, parenting and caring for two parents with dementia.
Her life is people and classical music. She loves the Sierra and the coast, adventures and reading, Tai Chi, Kakuro, and jigsaw puzzles.
Nursery School Director
Elaine has taught at Central Methodist Nursery School since 1997 as the transitional kindergarten teacher. She became director of the school in 2014. Most parents and students know her as Ms. “G.” because she still teaches in the mornings while handling director duties in the afternoon. Elaine’s passion lies in helping children learn and grow in self-confidence.
If Elaine isn’t at school you might find her running or working in her garden. Elaine has two grown daughters, Mary and Allison who are alumni of the school.
Ricardo “Ric” Campero
Director of Music
Ric Campero has been Director of Music at Central United Methodist Church in Stockton since 1994. He holds a Bachelor’s of Music degree in Music Education from the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music, Stockton. Ric recently retired from Ceres Unified School District in Ceres after 38 years teaching music at all levels.
Ric leads the Chancel Choir in inspirational choral presentations for worship services and, over the years, has coordinated sacred choral festivals that include other church choirs in the region.
Ric also directs the Stockton Singers, a community-based adult choir, which performs as part of the Stockton Chorale organization. Ric is in demand as a clinician/guest conductor, and has appeared in recital and as a featured soloist.
Please contact Ric if you are interested in joining the Chancel Choir!