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About Us

Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

University United Methodist Church is open to worshippers of all ages and backgrounds. We lead our congregation in worship, deepening the connection to God, understanding the teachings of Christ, and ultimately to a vibrant faith. We have a long, proud history of serving the people of the Inland Empire. Through the dedication of our leadership, staff members, and volunteers, we are committed to the teachings of Jesus Christ and are here to spread His message. Contact us today to find out more about becoming part of the UUMC community.

Our Story

Our church was chartered in 1905 as Grace Methodist Episcopal Church, located at the corner of Union Avenue and Washington Street in north Redlands.

In 1949, the church moved into the Fellowship Hall at its present location on Colton Avenue and the name was changed to University Methodist Church. The present sanctuary and Wesley Lounge buildings were consecrated in 1956, and the Christian Education building was consecrated in 1969. The mortgage for all present facilities was burned in 1983.

In 1968, the name of the church was changed to University United Methodist Church to reflect the union of the former Methodist and former Evangelical United Brethren denominations. The church celebrated its ninetieth anniversary on March 26, 1995, with forty-six years of service in its present location. The theme for the celebration was "Continuing in Grace."

Meet The Team


Rev. Rubén Esponda

Lead Pastor


Bob Denham

Head of Church Council


Jilsca Oppier



Tony Woolery

Head of Children's Ministry, Worship Leader, &  UUMC Media

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Leonardo 'Leo' Diaz

Office Manager


Rachel Wintergerst

Lay Leader & UMW President


Leslie Kowalski

Choir Director

Our Partners

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LIFT Renewal Ministries

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