From the Pastor

"Come and see what happens when we work together to create a community of love by loving God and each other.  All are welcome!"

Portola United Methodist Church has been a cornerstone in our community for over 100 years and is best known for  providing a safe, loving, and nurturing place for anyone who walks through our doors. No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome here.  Just listen for the "Old Bell" ringing at 10:30 on Sunday morning or give me call at 775-233-3439.  I would love to meet a new friend!​

Gentle Winds,

Rev Becky Stockdale


Our Church Has a Story!

Church History

Minister J.C. Carpenter (1918) was the first Methodist Minister of record for PUMC.  In 1921 the church purchased an unfinished house located behind the church and when work on the house was completed in 1922, it became the first parsonage.  During the Prohibition Period of 1920-1933 there were unconfirmed reports that an  unnamed pastor and local sheriff together were operating an illegal still in the church parsonage.  This rumor is probably unfounded as they were more likely devoted followers of the holy “Spirits!" 

In 1925, PMC was officially named a Mission Church under the Methodist Conference and Rev. Ralph Crawford (1925-1927) became the first regularly assigned pastor.  A period of growth quickly followed with the addition of a social hall/Sunday school, kitchen and choir loft.

We are now known as the Portola United Methodist Church. Praise God