Rev. R. James Hutchison


Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
It is with deep sadness that we inform you that our brother, Rev. R. James Hutchison, died on Friday, May 1, 2020.  
Pastor Jim served the Guinda, Kings Beach, Truckee, First UMC Livingston, Oakdale, Aldersgate San Rafael, and Concord churches before retiring in 1997.
He was born in Ireland and left home at a young age, making his way to London, England.  A kind woman who worked in healthcare took him in and her influence on his life led him into a nursing career.  After moving to the US in 1963, he was drawn to God during a personal crisis and began his second career in ministry.  Jim had a tremendous sense of humor and was an amateur Irish comedian.  He loved to travel and meet new people.  His life’s passion in ministry was to help people where they were.  He and his husband Kevin were together for 40 years.
He is survived by his husband, Kevin Lofaso of Concord CA, and by his daughters, Dale E. Elgstrand of Antioch CA and Christine A. Blanchard of Waterford CA, and by 2 grandchildren. Condolences may be sent to Kevin Lofaso at 1764 Sattler Drive, Concord, CA  94519.
A memorial service will be held at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, San Rafael CA, at a time and date to be determined.
Memorial gifts may be sent to the James Hutchison Memorial Fund of Aldersgate UMC, 1 Wellbrock Heights, San Rafael, CA 94903.
Let us continue to give God thanks for Jim’s life and witness and hold his family close in prayer.  In our living and in our dying, we belong to God! (Romans 14:8)


Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño 


California-Nevada Conference
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West Sacramento, CA 95691
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