Pastor & Staff
Rev. Kim Montenegro
Pastor Kim was ordained in 2014 in the United Methodist Church. Her call to ministry came to her during her senior year of college while attending Saint Mary’s College of California. While living and working in the same house as Helen Prejean (widely known for her advocacy for the abolition of the death penalty) in New Orleans, Kim taught GED classes in the morning and tutored children in the afternoon. While on a walk, an overwhelming sense of call came over her. This is what God was calling her to do, serve people and God. Upon college graduation, she volunteered for a year in New York working and serving a New Monastic community in the Bronx. She was living in community with people in poverty earning a $100 a month. When her time in New York came to an end, she moved back to California to serve at her home church, Stockton Central UMC as the youth director. Her most recent appointment was at Tracy First United Methodist Church.
I was born and raised in Arkansas and am a life-long Methodist. After many twists and turns on the road of life, I settled in California and married Erik in 1997. We joined FOUMC in 1999. Our daughter, Larissa, was born in 2001 and our son, David, was born in 2005. Both children were baptized at FOUMC as infants. In 2005 we moved to Madera where Erik had accepted a job. We attended the United Methodist Church in Madera but our hearts and memberships remained here in Fair Oaks. In late 2006, Erik’s law firm transferred him to their new office in Placer County and we happily moved back to Fair Oaks and FOUMC. During this time, I was a stay-at-home mom. In 2012, with both kids in school all day, I began looking for the right part-time job to fit into our lives. Thankfully, the administrative assistant position at FOUMC became available and I was accepted for the position. I have been very blessed to be a part of this church in so many different ways over the years!
Eliseo Paniagua comes from Stockton and is an undergraduate student in the Music Education program at CSU Sacramento (CSUS) with a focus in tuba performance. He is also an educator and a free-lance musician in the Sacramento area.
While in Sacramento, Eliseo has performed with a number of ensembles including the CSUS Symphonic Wind Ensemble, CSUS Men’s Chorus, CSUS Marching Band, Camellia Symphony Orchestra, Golden State Wind Orchestra, Sierra Nevada Winds, Golden State Brass Quintet, BRASSY!, Auburn Symphony and many more. He has also performed with multiple ensembles in the Stockton and Lodi area including the Stockton Community Band, Lodi Community Band and the Stockton Master Chorale. In Stockton, he has also had the privilege to conduct a number of ensembles including the San Joaquin Delta College (SJDC) Wind Ensemble, SJDC Concert Choir and was the Assistant Director of the Stockton Chorale’s Valley Youth Chamber Choir. In 2010, Eliseo performed with the Delta Winds and Stockton Wind Ensemble at Carnegie Hall in New York, and in 2013, he performed with the Delta Winds at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.
Currently, Eliseo is employed by the San Juan Unified School District as a Choir and Band Director to K-8 students. He is the Choir Director at Whitney Avenue Elementary, Del Paso Manor Elementary and Band/Choir Director at Woodside K-8 School and Oakview Community Elementary. He is also the Music Director at Fair Oaks United Methodist Church where he directs the FOUMC Chancel Choir and FOUMC Handchime Choir.
Eliseo has studied tuba performance with Doug Hunt, Brian Schlegel, Dr. Matt Tropman and Julian Dixon. He has studied conducting with Art Holton Jr., German Aguilar, Dr. Bruce Southard, Dr. Robert Halseth, Dr. Don Kendrick and Peter Jaffee. He hopes to one day teach and conduct both bands and choirs at the collegiate level.
Betty Karamatova is a pianist from Tashkent, Uzbekistan. She attended the V. Upsensky Musical School at age six and was a student there for 12 years. While she was at the school, she played three piano concertos with the orchestra, won two international piano competitions for juniors and performed in many concertos. In 2011, she successfully finished school and received a diploma which allows her to perform, accompnay, and teach. In 2012, she moved to Sacramento. While in the U.S., she has had the opportunity to play a Beethoven concerto, Rachmaninoff concerto with the American River College orchestra, travel to New York City to accompnay violinist Timur Bekdjanov at Carnegie Hall and has been an accompnaist for many recitals. This fall, she is transferring to CSU Sacramento to obtain her Bachelor's Degree in piano performance.
Little Methodist School Director
Sue is excited and honored to be the school’s new director. She has been part of the LMS family for over 15 years. She started as a parent in 2000, followed by an aide and then lead preschool and pre-k teacher. Sue has a BA in Communications from CSUS and has completed over 25 Early Childhood Education classes. She believes that children learn through the process and she enjoys enriching them socially, academically and developmentally. She is married with three teenagers.