Training for California-Nevada Cambodian United Methodists Held at Central UMC

April 03, 2014

Stockton, CA - On Saturday March 15, members from several California-Nevada Cambodian United Methodist churches came together to learn more about what it means to be a United Methodist Church.  The all-day training was hosted by Central UMC in Stockton and sponsored by Lake Park United Methodist Church.  Lake Park Church was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from the General Board of Higher Education (GBHEM).  The GBHEM grant was given to Lake Park Church to provide trainings for the California-Nevada Cambodian Community.  The grant provides funding for training, translation, materials and some travel scholarships.
The GBHEM grant also provides scholarships for those in the California-Nevada Cambodian Community who wish to further their education through seminary work, lay speaker classes, and licensed local pastor schools.  At the March 15 training a scholarship was presented to Vathanak Heang.  Heang has been appointed part-time to Walnut Ave UMC and is a full-time student at the Pacific School of Religion finishing his MDiv. 
The next training will be held at Bayside Cambodian United Methodist Fellowship in Alameda. To learn more about these trainings, contact the Rev. John Oda, Pastor, at (510) 220-8959, or e-mail