Our Leadership

Rev. John D. Current Sr., Pastor of Hope United Methodist Church

Rev. John D. Current is an ordained elder of the United Methodist Church and is in ministry in South San Francisco, CA. He is the Pastor of Hope United Methodist Church.

Rev. Current’s ministry is about attempting to incite the behavioral change that leads our society into a better world. Simply stated, Rev. Current “Leads Individuals and Communities to Life,” the abundant life available through our living God.

As pastor of Hope UMC, Rev. Current is now leading the church community into a posture of “Defending God’s Creation.” In recent years, Hope UMC installed a solar power and battery power storage system to provide the surrounding community clean energy during times of grid failure, blackouts, and emergencies. The church also maintains a garden as a composting and gardening teaching center. 

Rev. Current is a graduate of several advanced degree programs including holding a Master of Divinity degree from Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA. He is presently enrolled in the Sustainability and Behavioral Change Program at the University of California San Diego and is engaged in ongoing post-graduate study in environmental justice and resistance theology at Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC. Most notably, he is a student of love and nonviolence as exemplified in the lives of Mohandas Gandhi, Howard Thurman, and Martin Luther King Jr.

As a city planner, Rev. Current has been involved in many planning and development projects which have required extensive environmental study and community sensitivity. Rev. Current also serves the community as a volunteer with the American Red Cross and serves as an Emergency Services Officer with the San Carlos Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol.

Rev. Current is married to Rev. Staci Current. He is also a father and grandfather.

2023 Hope Officers

Pastor Saini Opeta

Associate Pastor

Pastor Douglass Fitch

Retired Clergy

Aleece Carson

Minister of Music

Tim Pokrywka

Treasurer, Trustee, and Lay Leader

Festus Ariche


Dee Anne Paron

Trustee, Chair of Finance Commitee, Joyful Ringers Director

Jared Garst


Joseph Nuusa


Emily Quinn Finney

Council Chairperson

Glory Ariche

Chair of Staff Parish Relations Committee

Nini Jiggetts

Staff Parish Relations Committee

Theresa Jiggetts

Chair of Prayer Ministry

Sinafea Opeta

Chair of Outreach Ministry

Joyce Leilani Wilson-Nuusa

Chair of Worship Committee

Jefferson Saini

Worship Committee

"These are serious times for our communities and our planet. In this global village, we must not only proclaim our faith but seriously ask, "Who is our neighbor"? Once answered, we must respond to their need. We can best respond if we know who we are, have our own house in order, and are prepared for the journey."
Rev. John D. Current Sr.
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