Who We Are

and what we're about.


ESUMC celebrates diversity around the corner and the world. We welcome all people, of all orientations, who seek to love God and each other. We affirm that all people are created in the image of God as Their beloved children, and welcome the full inclusion of all in every aspect of the life and ministry of our congregation. Together we journey toward reconciliation in Christ.

Our Mission

The vision of El Sobrante United Methodist Church is create a  community of authenticity and witness a city transform by the life changing reality of critically analyzing the gospel, as people come together to deepen their faith and spiritual well being as one family.

Meet the team:

Rev. Emily

Lead Pastor
(510) 815-9816

Rev. Emily Pickens-Jones has been serving as lead pastor of ESUMC since July of 2020. She was born in Santa Monica, California as the daughter of two United Methodist clergy. She moved to San Francisco when she was five and grew up all around the Bay Area. During this time, she was involved in many parts of the UMC: Sunday school, youth group, youth and young adult delegations, church camps, and more. She graduated from UC Davis with a BA in International Relations and a minor in Vocal Performance. During college, she was very involved in campus ministry which tugged her towards her call to ministry. She worked at local churches and campus ministries before attending seminary at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington DC where she earned her Masters of Divinity. She also gained experience by working at the General Board of Church and Society of the UMC on Capitol Hill.  She married her seminary sweetheart, Rev. Jacey Pickens-Jones, who comes from Pennsylvania and is serving as pastor the Associate Director of Intergenerational Ministries for the UMC California-Nevada Conference.

Her passions in ministry are dedicated to serving the community. By following Jesus, she believes that we all choose a life dedicated to service, speaking truth to power, and advocating for the oppressed, all while acting in love. She is devoted to building interfaith connections and has been involved in numerous social justice activities and coalitions. She also provides spiritual support to all no matter where they are on their faith journey.

Rev. Eileen

Minister of Worship  & Mission

Eileen M. Johnson, CAGO, grew up in New Jersey, Alaska, and eastern Pennsylvania. She holds a BMus degree from Westminster Choir College of Rider University and an MCM from Concordia University, Chicago, with additional theological study at Bethany Theological Seminary and Pacific School of Religion. She has served as Music Director at El Sobrante UMC for over 15 years. Ms. Johnson is a life member of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada and brings her passion for congregational singing to her work at ESUMC. She is currently pursuing ordination as a vocational deacon in The United Methodist Church.

Marilyn Lomelino

L.A. Bonet

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Office Administrator
Marilyn Lomelino grew up in Daly City, California. She graduated with a B.A. in Biology from San Francisco State University. She later got her teaching credential from Cal State East Bay. She worked as a bookkeeper for a property rental company in Richmond. She was church treasurer in the 1980's before children and now that they have grown up she is once again the Church Treasurer. 
L.A. Bonet (she/they) is a voiceover artist from Richmond, CA. They graduated from Mills College with a BA in Visual and Performing Arts.

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