Who We Are
Who are we?
Pine UMC, acknowledged as the "mother" church of all Japanese American Methodist Churches in the United States, was formally founded in 1886 when Dr. Merriman Harris arrived from Japan, having been appointed Superintendent of the Japanese Missions by the Methodist California Annual Conference. However the true beginnings of Pine UMC can be traced back to the 1870's when a group of young men from Japan began to meet in the basement of the Chinese Mission in San Francisco (at the corner of Washington and Stockton Streets). Under the guidance of Dr. Otis Gibson, then the Superintendent of the Chinese Mission, the young men met regularly to study the Bible and English. In 1877, this small group formed the Japanese Gospel Society or Fukuin Kai. Out of the Japanese Gospel Society evolved not only Pine UMC but all Japanese Christian churches in the United States. This early period is called the Anagura Jidai or "Cellar Days" and launched the history of Pine UMC.
Pine United Methodist Church founded
August: Land for an independent church building was purchased at 1329 Pine Street
Consecration of the new building
Pacific Japanese Mission Conference organized under Methodist California Conference
Moved to 1359 Pine Street
Church closed due to WWII and the forced Internment of 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry from the West Coast
Church doors reopened
Church moves to 426 33rd Avenue, it's present location
Mortgage burning service for the present church
Celebrated 100 Year Anniversary
Church declares itself a "Reconciling Church"
Church becomes a "Sister Church" to Masjed Darussalam Mosque
The CityLight Fellowship was launched
Celebrated 120 Year Anniversary
Celebrated 20 Year Anniversary as a Reconciling Church