In the fall of 1961, Tom and Harriet Rogers and a few other young couples gathered in the Rogers' home to discuss the possibility of a Methodist church in Malibu. Following this introductory meeting, the group spent the next few months worshipping at Juan Cabrillo Elementary School under the leadership of Pastor John Gabrielson. On Christmas Eve 1963, 69 charter members were welcomed into the Malibu United Methodist Church. What had once been a dream had become a reality.
Throughout the next few years, the church grew and expanded. Malibu Methodist Nursery School was established in 1966. New community outreach projects developed such as the Sierra Service Project, Habitat for Humanity builds, Thanksgiving Dinner for the Malibu Labor Exchange and Day Workers, and Tales By the Sea Home poetry and prose concerts. The Malibu Pie Festival attracts hundreds of people each year and raises funds for missions and youth work. Children and family activities grew: Bible Kids, Vacation Bible School, weekly youth group meetings, winter family camp weekends, youth retreats, and Sunday School.
In 2002, Malibu United Methodist Church celebrated its 40th anniversary with much fanfare. Since then, its ministry and outreach programs have continued to develop and inspire more people in the community. The growth and success of Malibu United Methodist Church shows the power of God at work among people. We would love for you to join us!