Meet Our Pastor and Staff

A Word From Pastor Sadie

Welcome to Bethany United Methodist Church. Ours is a congregation of progressive Christians open to the direction of God and growing in grace together. Everyone is welcome here, just as they are. Join our vibrant and diverse Reconciling Congregation as we discover what God has in store.

I stand in a long, respectable line of pastors to this Christian community. Our roots go back to the 1800s, but Bethany is committed to the future. We remodeled our old, failing building into a sign of newness at the corner of Clipper and Sanchez. We intend to be here at least another 100 years.

Our Pastor – Rev. Sadie Stone

The Rev. Sadie Stone has a Masters in Divinity from Yale Divinity School and a BA from the University of the Pacific in Religious Studies. She has been sole Pastor of Bethany UMC since July 2015. Pastor Sadie does advocacy work with the Philippines. She currently serves as the Co-Chair of the California Nevada Philippine Solidarity Task Force, Deputy Secretary of the Global Council of the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines, and is part of the San Francisco SURJ Direct Action Committee. Pastor Sadie grew up in Winnemucca, NV and lives and her twins Eli and Emerson. She has eclectic literary taste, reflected in the gross ton of books she refuses to get rid of, and her refusal to buy a kindle. Pastor Sadie also enjoys running, and the San Francisco Giants. Contact her by clicking here.

Music Director – Evan Alparone

Evan joined Bethany as our new Music Director, July 1, 2021.  He is a Bay Area native and has been a music director, accompanist and teacher.  After graduating with a BA from UCLA’s Theater program, Evan began studying choral conducting at San Francisco State University and from 2007-2010 directed the choral program at Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward, California. From a few music classes he grew the program to a touring and competing choir of over 150 students.  

As a music director, conductor, and accompanist Evan has worked on over 80 musicals including several Off-Broadway productions. Evan has served as a music director in the Methodist Church for 14 years, first at Open Door United Methodist Church in Richmond, and then Valhalla United Methodist Church in New York.  

When not making music he enjoys biking, running, and playing with his 7 year old puppy Forrest and cat Nori.  To inquire about any music needs or requests, you can reach Evan by clicking here.