Global Ministries' missionaries itinerating in California-Nevada Conference

August 06, 2013

Missionaries Joseph and Marilyn Chan now are scheduled for 18 visits in the California-Nevada Conference from August 14 through August 25.   They are visiting supporting congregations and prospective supporting congregations during a period of “itineration” that occurs once every three years for United Methodist missionaries.  The Chans are from Stockton, California, and serve in Cambodia.

The following are the opportunities to hear the Chans’ story.  Check with the local church sponsoring these visits for further information.

Bayside UMC, 3005 Van Buren St., Alameda, CA, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 5 p.m.

San Francisco, Geneva Avenue UMC, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2 p.m.

Sacramento, Centennial UMC, Friday, Aug. 16, 11 a.m.

UMW’s Mission University in South Reno, Saturday, Aug. 17, 9:30 a.m.

Oakland, Chinese Community UMC, Sunday, Aug. 18, 9:30 a.m. and morning worship

Campbell UMC, Sunday, Aug. 18, 5 p.m.

Willows, First UMC, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 6 p.m.

Tulare UMC, Wednesday, Aug. 21, noon

Fresno, St. Paul's UMC, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 5:30 p.m.

Clovis, Memorial UMC, Thursday, Aug. 22, 9:30 a.m.

Oakhurst New Community UMC, Thursday, Aug. 22, noon

Madera UMC, Thursday, Aug. 22, 7 p.m.

San Jose, Willow Glen UMC, Friday, Aug. 23, 9:30 a.m.

Los Altos UMC, Creekside Center, Friday, Aug. 23, 7 p.m.

Stockton, Central UMC Cambodian Leadership Training, Saturday, Aug. 24, afternoon

Stockton, Central UMC, Sunday, Aug. 25 following 11 a.m. service

Lodi, First UMC, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2:30 p.m.

Elk Grove, Point Pleasant UMC, Sunday, Aug 25, 6:00 p.m.

The principal way United Methodist missionaries are supported is through “covenant relationships” with local congregations, which include a pledge of $5 per member per year (with a cap of $2500 for larger churches).  The Chans are two of seven active missionaries the California-Nevada Annual Conference has sent into missionary service and supports.  For further information about covenant relationships or missionary visits, check the conference missionary web page at or contact Howard Parker, Conference Secretary of Global Ministries, at

Marilyn Sovann Chan  has been serving in Phnom Penh, Cambodia since 1998 with the Methodist Mission in Cambodia (MMC) as Women and Music Ministry Coordinator.  Marilyn is involved in organizational development of Methodist women in Cambodia by seeking opportunities for exposure and leadership development through networking with local and international women’s groups. Mrs. Chan coordinates and follows-up on ‘livelihood’ projects – pig farming, silk weaving, bamboo basket weaving, vegetable farming, sewing, fish farming and hammock making. Marilyn also advocates, encourages, counsels and networks with local and international churches and non-government organizations that promote empowerment and attempt to improve the health, physical, emotional and spiritual growth of Cambodian women. 

Rev. Joseph Chan has been assigned to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, since 1998 where he has worked with evangelization and church growth.  In August of 2006 Rev. Chan was ordained as an Elder of the Methodist Mission in Cambodia (MMC) and in January 2007 he was assigned as District Superintendent of Kampong Cham, Kratie, Stung Treng, Ratanakiri and Mondol Kiri provinces. He serves on the Cabinet, Men’s Committee and as an Executive Board Member of MMC.

Joseph’s focus is helping local pastors and church leaders learn how to encourage and care for their congregations by empowering them to overcome spiritual oppression, poverty and authority oppression. He provides pastoral care and counseling to pastors and members who are in need of spiritual, emotional and economic support. Rev. Chan continues to network with other Christian organizations and non-government organizations. He facilitates the acquisition of land for churches and is involved in the building process. Joseph remains dedicated in promoting Cambodian hymns for use in all of the Methodist churches.