About Pastor Ginger..

On July 1, 2017 , I will arrive in Auburn and am looking forward to all, we will share together in ministry at Pioneer UMC.  Until then, when we can get better acquainted face-to-face, here are just a few words to introduce myself.

I love babies...and people in general!  I love to read and travel, but seem to find too little time for either.  As hobbies, I enjoy exploring ethnic food and lobby sitting in fancy hotels (very relaxing!).

As the child of a United Methodist pastor I grew up in seven churches in Northern California.  After graduating from high school in Delano, near Bakersfield, I started college in San Francisco and finished up at the University of the Pacific in Stockton.  Next I taught English in Japan for two wonderful years, before returning to UOP and earning my teaching credential.

Soon I began my dream job - teaching 2nd/3rd grade in a small country public school, while settling in Roseville.  At the same time I married Ray Jellison, a computer programmer, who now teaches math.  We celebrated or 30th anniversary last August.  In 1992 our son, Myles was born.  He is now a Firefighter/Paramedic for the City of Fairbanks in Alaska.

After nine years of teaching, at the urging of the Holy Spirit, I began seminary and then headed into ministry.  I served as Associate Pastor at Centennial United Methodist Church in south Sacramento for seven years, enjoying that urban multicultural congregation.

Then, in 2007, I was appointed to Mariposa, near Yosemite National Park, where I have happily immersed myself in small town ministry for the past ten years.  During our time here we also adopted a daughter, Bekah Stevens, who is 21 years old and works in a Mariposa dental office.

Soon my story will continue among you in Auburn.  See you then!


Pastor Ginger Foster