Meet Our Pastor

Rev. Ron Dunn is a “semi-retired” United Methodist Pastor who has served in the California Nevada Annual Conference for nearly 44 years.  He has now come “full circle” in his ministry path, beginning his career at the Newcastle United Methodist Church in 1976 and now concluding his years of service with this current half-time appointment.  In between his first and last appointments, Ron has served churches in Los Gatos, Livermore and the San Ramon Valley.


Ron is married to his wife Susan and is the proud father of four adult children and six grandchildren.  In his free time, Ron enjoys camping with Susan and their Border Collie, Jonah, fly-fishing and hiking.  He has always had a great love for the outdoors and it is this love that prompted Ron’s return to the foothill area.

For Ron, his return to ministry in Newcastle has been “like coming home.”  “Newcastle is a place that I have always loved,” he notes.  “Although the world has changed so much since those early days of the late 70’s, my excitement in serving this church has not wavered.  I believe, of course, that the church is a people and it is my privilege to share this ministry with these good, compassionate and caring people.  While the pandemic has placed some restrictions on what we can do right now, we are looking forward to coming days when we can resume our ministry together with all of the energy and passion we can muster.

These are difficult and demanding times to be sure.  But we have a faith that is worthy of the challenge and look forward to sharing the Good News of God’s love with our surrounding community, both local and global.”


If you would like to know more about Ron and his ministry, you may reach him at the Newcastle UMC email address:


P.O. Box 235
Newcastle, CA 95658

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