Our new Pastor, The Rev. Schuyler Rhodes has just completed seven years as the District Superintendent of both the Bridges District, and the Los Rios District of the California Nevada Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. 

Rhodes received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Potsdam and his Master of Divinity with honors from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. Pastor Rhodes has also carried on graduate studies in Literature and Criticism at the State University of New York at Albany, and in Liberation Theology at Maryknoll School of Theology.

Prior to accepting the post of Superintendent, Rhodes served as Pastor of Temple United Methodist Church in San Francisco for thirteen years.  He has served churches in New York City, New Jersey, and in rural New York State.  His other experiences include Campus Ministry, Retreat Director,  Teacher and Workshop Leader, as well as serving as the National Director for Peace with Justice Week.  Schuyler has had extensive experience as a preacher and public speaker, traveling throughout Europe, Latin America, Asia, and the United States. He has served as Consultant on Peace and Justice ministries to churches and denominational bodies across the United States. He also served for nine years as President of the Board of Directors of the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization. 

Pastor Rhodes has served on the Board of Directors of the California Council of Churches and the San Francisco United Methodist Mission. He has also been deeply involved in the ministry of his denomination, the United Methodist Church, where he has held a number of ministry responsibilities beyond the local church.  

An accomplished author, Rev. Rhodes has published numerous articles and monographs, as well as eight books,  “Journey Through The Psalms,” “Words of Hope and Clarity,”  “Words for a Birthing Church,”   “Pentecost Fire:  Preaching Hope in Times of Change (CSS Press)” and “Words to the Silence: A Book of Uncommon Prayer (Ed. Min. Press).”   He also wrote a regular column for “Emphasis Preaching Journal” for seven years.  His latest book, “Shouting Joy to the Storm,” was published by CSS Press in the spring of 2019.

He is married to Dr. Lisa Quoresimo, who is an accomplished playwright, composer, and vocal coach, teaches Theater and Voice at Southern Utah University.  Their children,  Emma Elizabeth and Aaron Schuyler are both age 26.   They are launched into professional and educational pursuits and make their parents very proud. Schuyler’s spare time interests involve a love of playing and writing music, cooking, and tending his backyard garden at his home north of Sacramento, California.

He is overjoyed to be appointed to Petaluma United Methodist Church and looks forward to sharing the joyful work of building Christian community.