Rev. Jason Thornton began serving Manteca St. Paul’s UMC July 2, 2017.

Jason grew up in Woodland and graduated from Sacramento State University with a degree in microbiology and worked in the private sector for a number of years. In 2009, he entered Duke University's Divinity School and became an ordained pastor. Initially, he served churches in North Carolina before being appointed to Epworth UMC in Fallon, Nevada.

Lisa’s call to ministry wasn’t recognized until she was in her mid-thirties. Her first career (for almost 20 years) was in the dental health profession where she received experience in clinical and patient care along with business and personnel management. In 1998, she took a leap of faith and left the dental health profession to begin a new career in ministry with children and youth. In 2004, after a great deal of consideration and prayer, she began the candidacy process and educational journey needed to serve in the United Methodist Church.  From 2010 to 2015, she served small rural churches and their faith communities in Escalon, Farmington, Jamestown, Riverbank and Sonora.

Now a Licensed Local Pastor in the United Methodist Church, she has completed the necessary Course of Study at Claremont School of Theology, and has completed extensive training from the First Steps Spirituality Center in Colorado Springs that prepares her to help hurting children.

Lisa is grateful to be serving back at St. Paul’s, where her call to ministry was affirmed almost 20 years ago. It is her hope and passion that working with families with children and youth will help provide a solid foundation needed for their faith formation and spiritual development. She looks forward to having a partnership with parents and grandparents, along with the faith community as we plant seeds of love, compassion, and mercy in hopes of raising compassionate and caring people. 

Family and friends fill her life with joy. She loves to spend time with her husband Kirk, their children, grandchildren and extended family, as well as traveling to Guatemala, spending time along the Pacific Coast, or just hanging out at home --these are some of the ways that she experiences an inner peace. 

Rev. Phil Hall adds a special touch to the pastoral team at St. Paul’s.  He is a graduate of the University of the Pacific and the Pacific School of Religion.  He has been retired from full-time ministry now for almost 14 years.  He serves St Paul’s in many ways including assuming responsibility for preaching on occasion as well as assisting with baptisms, marriages and end of life services.

Phil has served communities throughout the California-Nevada Conference of the United Methodist Church from Chico and Dunsmuir, to Petaluma and Pacific Grove before serving and retiring at Manteca’s St. Paul’s Church.  He enjoys retirement and helps the church when he can by participating with the Door Keepers on Friday’s, and singing in the chancel choir.

Within the Manteca community, Phil has been on the sidelines as a “chain gang” member at Manteca HS football games for 20 years.  He enjoys fishing and golf. He especially enjoys time with his wife Marge, their travels together, and attendance at musical and cultural events.

Kim Borges is the first person most people make contact with when they call the church office.  She is pleasant, welcoming and very helpful.  She can answer questions or direct you in the right direction.  Kim has been the Office Manager for a number of years here at St. Paul’s.  Prior to coming to St. Paul’ she was part-time secretary at Centenary UMC in Modesto.  She has served as an administrative assistant at facilities serving youth and adults in Texas, and a secretary in the admissions department of the Arizona State Bar.

Kim attended Harris College in Houston, TX, was a Big Sister there, and was a volunteer in other organizations serving the elderly and adults with disabilities.  She enjoys spending time with her family and grandchildren, camping, gardening and reading.

Kim’s goals are to: ensure the church office runs smoothly and efficiently; be a friendly and helpful presence to the congregation and community; keep the congregation informed of church events and news; support St. Paul’s staff, committees and congregants; as well as offer compassion and assistance to those in need.

talcott smallAnne Talcott has been appointed to serve as the Choral Director for St. Paul's and among other things will direct the Chancel Choir.

Before retirement, Anne was a successful teacher in the Manteca USD where she taught at East Union HS. 

Anne is dedicated to having music support and enhance worship and the spoken word whether it be through the spoken word, shared sermon or prayer.

Persons interested in singing and joining the choir are encouraged to do so by contacting the church office. Chancel Choir rehearsals are held on Thursdays from 7:15-8:45 p.m. Come join us!

Angela began developing her skills and talents at the early age of 9 when she and her brother began taking organ lessons. Still drawn to the piano she started taking lessons on that instrument 1 year later and continued through high school.  She was called on to play at Sunday school and Children’s Church, and was even encouraged to take classes in music theory at Delta College.  

Angie was hired to serve as organist at churches in Stockton and Lodi including 12 years at Eastside Presbyterian Church. This past January, Angie was called to fill the organist/accompanist position with the passing of Tobi Clark.  She has added a special touch to our worship accompanying the Chancel and Mission Bell Choirs as well as helping center us in our worship both with her excellent preludes and postludes.

For fun Angie enjoys reading, bicycling and going to the coast.  Her faith and attitude is bolstered by Phillipians 4:8     8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.       

Lisa Traughber serves as the Director of our Handbell Choir.  Her interest in handbells dates back to the 1970’s where she initially learned to play bells and later direct handbell ensembles at school and church.  This developed expertise has been nurtured at both Trinity Presbyterian Church and Centenary United Methodist Church in Modesto.  The breadth of Lisa’s love for music is extensive.  She loves choral music and has sung or rung in a number of musical groups throughout the Modesto area.  Her performance experiences have brought her to the stage at local community colleges, the Gallo Center for the Arts, even Carnegie Hall in New York City and Coventry Cathedral in England.

Originally from Cincinati, Ohio, Lisa developed a love for both music and the arts at an early age.  She has been a member of Handbell Musicians of America since 1975 and as she has noted, “Wherever there was a group that needed a ringer—I would step up to the table!”  She has rung at festivals and conferences from Ohio to Tennessee as well as California, Oregon and Nevada.

Lisa Traughber also has extensive experience in the graphic arts including the initial development of an idea or concept to the finished product. Her knowledge and expertise in the production of printed and media-based materials have been helpful in commercial, business, and church-related settings.  During St. Paul’s recent Centennial celebration in 2015-16 Lisa was instrumental in the development of the Centennial logo that has now been adapted and included in our new webpage design.

Lisa loves music, is married, has an equestrian hobby, and is a delightful addition to the music ministry at St. Paul’s.


Belinda Berry was blessed to be a stay at home Mom while her children were young.  As her children grew older she volunteered in their classrooms and with the youth group at her church.  She worked as a kindergarten aide at the church school and later became Director of the after school program there.  In 1988, she found her home here at St. Paul’s.

Belinda attended grammar and high school locally.  She returned to college as an adult and received her Early Childhood Education units while working in the classroom here at St. Paul’s.  Her goals are to offer a quality Christian preschool education program that meets the growing need of our families and children. She wants to instill in the children a sense of wonder, excitement and a love for learning; while providing a safe and nurturing environment where children feel valued and loved.

Belinda loves being at home, spending time with family, her dogs and especially her grandkids.  In her spare time she is an avid reader, enjoys attending Bible study, gardening and she hates to admit it, but virtual farming.  Her greatest peace comes with annual trips and visits to the ocean.

Belinda was born and raised in Tracy, CA, and has been happily married for 41 years.  She has 4 children and 2 grandchildren.  Her youngest son and grandson both attended St. Paul’s Preschool.  She started as a classroom aide and worked as a teacher, lead teacher and assistant director.  In 2005, she was appointed Director.  She feels blessed to be a part of the program here and blessed that the children are such an integral part of her life.

Mary Santos has served at St. Paul’s for 5 years now.  She is the one who coordinates and cleans the church so that it is in top-knotch condition for worship and the holding of other activities of the church.  A product of Manteca, she attended Shasta and Lincoln Schools before graduating from Manteca High School.

Before coming to St. Paul’s, Mary worked locally at Eckert Cold Storage for 15 years.  She is very understanding, likes to make people laugh, likes to help others and is open-minded.  For fun, Mary enjoys going to the mall in Modesto, enjoys going out with friends and making people laugh.

Mary goes above and beyond the call of duty often making coffee on Sunday morning to get things started for Sunday worship and fellowship. Mary always wants to make our facilities presentable, so if you have any recommendations or needs please feel free to contact Mary.  She is a jewel and enjoyable member of our staff.

Patty and her husband Jim have been members of St. Paul’s since 1981.  Their 3 children grew up in the church and have established their own families.  So, when Patty retired from teaching after 37 years a few years ago she asked God to show her the way to serve others.  With encouragement from former pastor Judith Bither and member Steve Parsons, she took on the challenge of meeting a community need to help feed those in need.  Therein lies the beginning of what is now the St. Paul’s Food Pantry.

Patty likes the challenges of helping others, from meeting new persons, to helping empower volunteers.  She has, with the help of others, secured assistance from United Way, the United Methodist Women, and other community groups and churches. Patty and her husband enjoy working together at the Pantry.

Patty enjoys her family and taking personal time to walk and become invigorated by the outdoors.  If you would like to volunteer at the Food Pantry there is a place for you and there is excellent training—just a phone call to the church (209-823-7154) will get you introduced to an excellent service to others.

Richard was selected this year to serve as Chairperson of the Trustees here at St. Paul’s. 

The trustees are charged with maintaining all property belonging to St. Paul's including the recently acquired parsonage. 

Many projects have been coordinated through the Trustees including a solar energy project, addition of handicapped friendly door leading from the Sanctuary to the Fellowship Hall, addition of a new gas stove and oven in the kitchen and improvements in the Fireside Room.

If you have concerns about St. Paul’s facilities, he is the person to contact.

Jay has completed certification for lay ministry.  He and his wife Jeannie came to St. Paul’s around 1990.  He had, as he has described it, been “un-churched” for a while before he and Jeannie were married by Rev. Chuck Cordes.  Since then he and Jeannie began a special connection with St. Paul’s that has grown over the past 25 years.

Jay has a love of music.  He sings in the Chancel Choir, plays with the Mission Bells Choir and provides special music several times a year.

Jay is committed to the church and community.  He was encouraged by previous pastors to consider participating in lay minister training.  He serves at Prestige retirement center by providing mid-week worship services and also works on many church committees and projects. Jay serves on four non-profit boards that serve the community.

Kit Oase serves as Lay Leader of St. Paul’s UMC- Manteca.  He and his wife, Susan, have been members for a number of years.  He sees St. Paul’s as a special place where all persons are welcomed and have an opportunity to raise their spirits with a loving and nurturing God.  He believes in the vows of members and the call to Christian service that all Methodists pledge, that is, to faithfully participate in its ministries by ones prayers, ones presence, ones gifts, ones service and ones witness.

Kit serves as a Lay Member to Annual Conference, is a temporary chair of the Staff-Parish Committee, sings in the Chancel Choir and is one of three leaders in the church’s Stephen Ministry program- a program to walk alongside those who might be having difficulties because of the death of a family member, experiencing the loss of a job or economic hardship, or some other difficulty in their life.  Kit and his wife are a regional family, she works in Modesto, they reside in Ripon and attend church at St. Paul’s UMC here in Manteca. Community activities include service on the Ripon Arts League Board and the Ripon Unified School District Board of Education. 

Kit invites you to join us in worship and get the full experience of the St. Paul’s family by joining us at the social time after church across from the Sanctuary in the Social Hall.  Come be a part and a contributing member of St.Paul’s.