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.”

 

Reverend Tom Kendall

 
Reverend Tom Kendall and his wife Rosie
 
Our new pastor at Christ Our Savior UMC beginning July 1, 2021, is the Rev. Tom Kendall. With the appointment to Christ Our Savior Tom will begin what is known as a two-point charge.  He will serve as pastor of both Tujunga UMC and Christ Our Savior UMC. Tom has been pastor of Tujunga UMC since his appointment in June of 2015. 
 
Prior to his appointment to Tujunga UMC Tom served at San Gabriel First UMC where he was an Associate Pastor responsible for the English language ministry. While San Gabriel First is one church, they have two language ministries, Cantonese and
English, with two separate worship services. Tom led that English language ministry at San Gabriel First UMC.
 
Prior to his appointment at San Gabriel First Pastor Tom was an Associate Pastor at Simi Valley UMC. His responsibilities in Sim Valley included worship planning and occasional preaching, overseeing the educational ministry of the church, planning and leading adult Bible studies, and assisting with pastoral care and counseling. Prior to that, he was their Youth Coordinator for three years.
 
Pastor Tom and his wife Rosie will be celebrating their 40 th anniversary in April of 2022. They have three adult children and five adult grandchildren. Rosie is currently working for Kindeva Drug Delivery Systems (formerly 3M) at which she manufactures medicated patches and asthma inhalers. Tom and Rosie live in Burbank.
 
Pastor Tom was not raised in the church. He became a Christian when a person he met on a bus invited him to church. It was a Thursday night prayer meeting at which Tom heard the gospel for the first time. Tom’s growth as a Christian was advanced through the radio ministries of Thru the Bible with J. Vernon McGee, Renewing Your Mind with R. C. Sproul and Insight for Living with Chuck Swindoll. All of which are currently available by podcast.
 
Pastor Tom received the call to ministry later in life. He worked in the printing industry for fifteen years prior to beginning the ordination process in the Methodist Church. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree at California State University Northridge in June of 1999 and his Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary in June of 2004. Prior to graduation from seminary Pastor Tom earned one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Arcadia Methodist Hospital. Pastor Tom was ordained as an Elder in Full Connection in the California-Pacific Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church by Resident Bishop Mary Ann Swenson in June of 2012.