Our Mission & Vision

The mission of Christ Our Savior United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ in the Antelope Valley for the transformation of the world. The vision of our COS UMC is to glorify our Savior, Jesus Christ, to live as His true disciples, and to reach out to our neighbors with his transforming love. We welcome all people to worship with us in order to gain a deeper understanding of the grace of God and what it means to be a true disciple of Jesus Christ our Savior. 

What we believe:

Based on the teaching and preaching of Rev. John Wesley, our church believes that the Word of God, Scripture, "is the primary source and criterion for Christian doctrine." In order to understand the meaning of Scripture, we rely on tradition, experience, and reason as encountered in the teachings and lives of Christians throughout the centuries. 

Our church believes in traditional family values. In accordance with United Methodist doctrine, "we affirm the sanctity of the marriage covenant that is expressed in love, mutual support, personal commitment, and shared fidelity between a man and a woman."

Leadership Team:

 Ken Gardner - March 2014 - APastor Ken Gardner 

 Pastor Ken just recently became the Pastor for Christ Our Savior. Pastor Ken comes to us from the Presbyterian Church, where he has served most recently as the Interim Pastor at Panorama Presbyterian Church in Panorama City. Before then he served as Senior Pastor / Head of Staff at Horizon Community Church in Palmdale, CA. Before then he served as Solo Pastor of Orestimba Presbyterian Church in Newman, CA, having previously been Youth Director at First Presbyterian Church in Hollister, CA.
 
After growing up in Santa Barbara, CA, Pastor Ken received a degree in Communication Theory and Bible from Azusa Pacific University. It was there that he met his wife Sandy, and after several years of “just being friends”, they will be celebrating 36 years of marriage on October 20th. Ken and Sandy have two adult children. Their daughter and son-in-law live in San Diego and run their own videography business called "Hepburn Creative". Their son and daughter-in-law live in Allentown, PA, where he serves as a Youth Pastor at Faith Church.  Ken and Sandy became grand-parents for the very first time and make frequent trips to Pennsylvania to see their grandson and soon a new grandaughter. 
 
Ken loves being outdoors and continues to enjoy an active life participating in Triathlons where he combines swimming, biking, and running. Sandy also enjoys the outdoors, loves to play the piano, is a Registered Nurse with the Palmdale School District, and has led numerous Bible Studies and spoken at retreats.