Upcoming Events

“UPPER  ROOM DEVOTIONAL SMALL GROUP meets on Friday morning at 10:00 AM in the Lounge.”  


This is a social event at Calvary and everyone is always invited and encouraged to attend and bring friends.

“Is there really FUN, FOOD & FELLOWSHIP at Calvary?”

Janet B. says, YES!!! It’s less expensive than a luau in Hawaii, it’s cooler than Tahiti, warmer than Minesota. And you could enjoy a vicarious float down the Rhine, or a trip to the moon, or a time of show and tell. Programs vary widely. Sometimes we have an interesting video or guest speaker or we entertain oueselves.

Parties are usually potluck and cost $3.00 per person. Where could you find a cheaper venue?! Guests attending for the first time are always free. Call the church office or the party hostess and join in the fun, food and fellowship! Save the first Friday of the month!


Save the third Wednesday of the month for the WEDNESDAY LUNCH BUNCH. 

It’s all about fun and fellowship and everyone is always welcome. Best part is there’s no work involved! Just let the host/hostess know you are coming and show up at noon on the third Wednesday of the month with an appetite, $6.00 in your hand and a desire to socialize withothers. You will find interesting friends, a delicious lunch waiting and a good program.




United Methodist Church main website | www.umc.org
United Methodist Board of Church and Society | www.umc-gbcs.org
United Methodist Board of Global Ministries | www.umcmission.org
United Methodist Board of Discipleship | www.gbod.org
United Methodist Men | www.gcumm.org

United Methodist Women | www.unitedmetodistwomen.org/div>

California-Nevada Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church | www.cnumc.org

El Camino Real District of the United Methodist Church | www.cnumc.org/elcaminodistrict/

Mary Elizabeth Inn, a national mission project of the United Methodist Women and located in San Francisco | www.meinn.org
Gum Moon, a national mission project of the United Methodist Women and located in San Francisco | www.gummoon.org

Contact Us

Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals, and Pastoral Counseling are available at Calvary.

Calvary would love to hear from you! You may use the form below to contact us by email.

You may also stop by the church office during office hours (Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm), or call us at  408-294-2204 or calvaryumcoffice@gmail.com.




  1. Does the Church service follow a fixed or specific program?
    Each week the Church service is varied to reflect seasonal changes, direction of the Worship Team, and congregational interests. Church goers can follow the flow on the bulletin handout, which is provided by the ushers to people as they walk in.
  2. Do visitors need to follow any Church protocol when attending service?
    Visitors can participate in Church service as they wish. Visitors are always welcome to join in for hymn singing, communion or other service elements, but some people prefer remain by themselves and enjoy the spiritual environment.
  3. What should I wear to Church service?
    Dress code is “Come as you are”.  Wear what is most comfortable for you.
  4. Beyond the service program, how do people become familiar with the Church people and other Church programs?
    After every service there is a coffee social time in the adjacent hall. Refreshments are served, and the people are more than welcoming to visitors. This time is ideal to get to know the people, and learn more about the Church.
  5. Does Calvary have Sunday School classes?
    Calvary is organizing a Sunday School program that is divided by age group. If the parents wish to keep their children in the main worship, then the Church is very accepting of the children’s attendance.


  1. Where is convenient parking?
    Behind the Church there is a parking area on premise. People also use street parking on Morse Street and Naglee Street. Overall parking situation presents no difficulty to church goers.
  2. Is the Church handicap accessible?
    Calvary has a handicap ramp into the Church, and has pew areas designated for wheelchairs.
  3. Where are the restrooms located?
    Restrooms are found in several places throughout the church building.  There is a restroom in the sanctuary, fellowship hall, education building, etc.


  1. Do visitors need to be members of the Methodist Church to come to Calvary?
    Calvary welcomes all people, including those who are not members of the Methodist Church or another church. If someone wishes later to join Calvary United Methodist Church, then the Church offers Membership Class along with the other interested people to be received into the church.


  1. What are other spiritual growth opportunities does Calvary have?
    Calvary has ongoing Bible study groups, other adult spiritual growth classes, social groups and support groups that are organized to fit the needs of people with specific interests and schedules. Some of the small groups are long standing, and others are set up for a short duration. Please contact the Pastor for the opportunity that may best suit your interest.
  2. How does Calvary Church participate in community affairs?
    Calvary is involved with the community in many ways. Calvary has some direct involvement to the community in projects such as the “Sandwich Project”, when the Church prepares hundreds of box lunches for the homeless shelters. Calvary also is a member of PACT (People Acting in Community Together), which is a multi-ethic, interfaith grassroots organization that empowers everyday people to create a more just community.



Come, stand at the corner of Morse and Naglee Streets in San Jose, and see the classic sanctuary that is Calvary United Methodist Church. Climb a few steps and open the tall, weather beaten doors and step inside. You are in Calvary’s sanctuary. Ease into a pew and relax, close you ears to the outside world and let your mind transport you to another time, the back to the present. Our pastor has said that there is a sense of energy here, and you will feel it too if you let it speak to you. You may experience the excitement and hear thrilling music of countless weddings; the nostalgic strains of melodies from hundreds of memorial services where mourning families’ grief was left; and, of course, you can hear grand old hymns, sung with gusto-music that continues to spill out from the many worship services that have inspired and energized our congregation every Sunday for more than a hundred years. Tilt your head, and you may hear the lost bars of creation’s imperial music.

O for a thousand tongues to sing
My great Redeemer’s praise,
The glories of my God and King,
The triumphs of his grace!

A sense of the past pervades and fills the air. Over a century ago a dedicated group of Christians left us a legacy of inspiration and hope that was to become Calvary United Methodist Church. In 1851, just after California had entered the Union, those early Methodists had a vision of serving the needs of future generations, and began by founding the state’s first chartered institution of higher education, the College of the Pacific. They created a beautiful new neighborhood off the tree-line Alameda in what was then not even an outskirt between San Jose and Santa Clara. They gave the names of the great bishops of pioneering Methodism- Asbury, Taylor, Emory, McKendrie, and Hedding- along with University Avenue and the Pacific train station, to the streets of the new College Park neighborhood. Soon, community-minded Methodists from all over the West began flocking to the college, which occupied what is now Bellarmine Preparatory School, and in 1889, they founded a church to serve the growing community. It was named College Park Episcopal Church and it stood on the corner of Elm and Emory Streets.

O Lord my God! When I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds thy hands have made,
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
thy pow’r throughout the universe displayed.

In 1924, the college moved to Stockton, and took with it much of the church’s congregation. But those courageous ones who were left behind prayed, sacrificed and joined together to build a new church with a new mission. They purchased a mustard field from the Quaker Meeting a little farther down Morse Street, and built the structure that surrounds you now. The first service was held in this sanctuary on Easter Day, 1928. The name was changed to Calvary Methodist Episcopal Church; later the word “Episcopal” was dropped as a result of the merger between various Methodist denominations, and finally, with the merger of Methodists and Evangelical United Brethren, the name changed to Calvary United Methodist Church.

Because of their faith, the congregation thrived once again and continued to serve its now-burgeoning community. In the 1940s and 1950s the church had outgrown the tiny kitchen, parlor, and classrooms, which still stand next to the sanctuary, and it was forced to expand to meet the needs of the hundreds who were finding a home at Calvary. Adjacent lots were purchased on Naglee and Morse Streets and a building for youth ministry was built. Later, the L-shaped building that includes Strayer Hall and the Christian Education wing, with its beautiful time mosaics, was built.

We have few records of those early church members, but we can easily imagine that they were much like our members of today: ordinary people, who shared a dream and a desire to establish a place of worship and mission for the next century- the 20th century. Now in the 21st century Calvary continues to preserve, honor, and extend their rich heritage of worship and outreach for the next 100 years.

Calvary Today

Today our congregation has a hundred active households. Where a Quaker mustard field once stood, this sanctuary, with its beautiful stained glass windows and woodwork, houses worship services that are both traditional and contemporary, and we continue to be inspired by intelligent preaching and a strong music program. Flowing out from this place, we continue to meet the needs of those in the community around us with programs such as preparing meals for women and children living in a local shelter. Fulfilling the dreams of our founders, we continue to reach out to support connectional and community programs that share the message of hope and new life, and men and women from Calvary have traveled all across the world to share that message in person.

And now if we will listen, in the still of this sanctuary we can hear that voice still calling from Bethlehem and beyond the Jordan. The best is yet to come, if we will answer.  Our golden age is today, where our past connects to our future, and there will never be another time like it.

                Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward all.




Kangse Lee grew up in the third generation of a Korean Methodist family. In 1990 he left Korea and came to America to “study overseas”. During his school years, he experienced various denominations: University of Mary Hardin Baylor(BA in Religious Study, TX), McCormick Theological Seminary (MA of Theological Studies, Chicago), and Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary (M.Div). And it was his final decision to discern his call to be a pastor within the Methodist tradition. As such, he began his full time ministry at Dakota UMC in the Northern Illinois Conference and  in 2016 he began his pastorate here at Calvary UMC of San Jose, California.

Amongst his many passions for Calvary UMC is that Calvary be identified as a “Caring & Praying Church.” He says, “Calvary  may be known by many different descriptions. However, I want Calvary to be known as the church where people are truly living with ‘Caring One Another’ & ‘More Prayer and More Power!’”
His wife, Maria is a great supporter for Kangse He said, “Maria is a constant reminder of God’s grace and gratitude.” While his favorite interest is riding his bike, kayaking, and fishing, he has recently begun a new hobby of “vegetable gardening in containers”.




Keiko Kagawa:

Japanese born and educated, Keiko has had operatic roles with many Bay area opera groups, as well as the Soprano Lead in Handel’s Messiah at the San Francisco’s Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall. Keiko also gives occasional recitals, as well as participating in an annual vocal concert in Japan. In Japan Keiko’s recorded appearances include several works of Praise Songs and Contemporary Christian Music. In the U.S. Keiko can be heard on recordings by Noel McFarlane and the group “Hikari.” Keiko was the former band leader, keyboardist and lead singer of “Lovely Wind,” a Tokyo based Gospel Jazz Trio. Keiko serves as the conductor/music director for Choral Cosmo, a Japanese choral group based in Silicon Valley, Keiko holds the degree of Master of Vocal Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Her undergraduate degree, a Bachelor degree in Vocal Performance and a Teaching Credential in Music Education are from Tokyo’s Kunitachi College of Music.





God in Trinity

Our Christian faith is first and foremost characterized by a Christ centered faith and spirituality grounded in the Trinitarian God: God the Creator, Jesus Christ, the Redeemer, the Holy Spirit, the Sustainer and Perfector. The Trinity is not three gods, but one God manifested in three coequal and coeternal persons. The three are always working together in harmonious cooperation for there is only one will, one essence, one God. When we say “God”, we mean the Trinity. The Trinity is constantly working together as in the Greek word “paraclesis” which means “the circle of dance” to fulfill their divine intention for creation. The threeness of God is revealed to us in the Scripture, in the Apostolic Tradition, in the experience of the saints throughout the centuries, and in our own experience of God. This is how God chooses to manifest God-self in the world for the continuing work of Creation, Redemption, and Sanctification.

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the incarnation of god who became fully human and fully divine through the process known in the Greek work “kenosis”, which means “self emptying” (Philippians 2:5-8). Jesus is the human face of God turned towards us. God became human in order to open the way for humans to become divine. We hold in common with all Christians a faith in the mystery of salvation and transformation in and through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Through the work of Redemption, Jesus Christ came to restore our fallen relationship with God and with the creation, and to bring “wholeness” in life through “abundant life” in God (John 10:10), not just for humans, but to all creation (Romans 8:22-23).

Wesleyan Heritage

In pursuit of truth we utilize the Wesleyan Quadrilateral: Scripture, Tradition, Reason, and Experience. We understand Christian faith as an engagement of our mind and heart, and therefore taking the Bible seriously means it cannot always be taken literally. We believe that God’s redeeming grace was revealed to us in Jesus Christ and that the work of the Holy spirit is operative in a person’s entire life as it was spelled out by John Wesley’s Doctrine of Grace: Prevenient Grace, Justifying Grace and Sanctifying Grace. We especially take seriously Wesley’s doctrine on Sanctification and Going on to Perfection. As Jesus spoke, “Be complete (whole), as your Father in heaven is complete (whole)” (Matthew 5:48. And as St. Paul said “.. be filled with the very nature of God” (Ephesians 3:19).

Inclusive Love of God

God’s embracing arms are so much wider and deeper than the narrow perimeter that humans set for defining who are acceptable and not acceptable to God. Jesus was consistent in is teaching and ministry to breakdown the false barriers that we erect to divide the human community. We believe God’s love revealed to us in Jesus Christ embraces all persons equal in worth, no matter their gender, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation.

The Goal of Christians

We understand our goal as Christians as becoming imitators of Christ. Saint Paul said, “Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5). We are always to remember that God is the Creator and we are God’s creatures. We humans with all the creation are utterly dependent on God for our being. As Saint Paul rightly observed, “In him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28a). Without God we could not have come into being and will cease to exist. God created us for the purpose of living in loving relationship with God. There is an innate yearning instilled in us by our Creator to be united with God as it so beautifully expressed in Psalm 42:1-2, “As a deer pants for flowing streams, so my heart longs for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.”  Saint Augustine of Hippo in the fourth century hit the nail on the head when he said, “You have made us for yourself, O God, and our hearts are always restless until they rest in you” (The Confessions). There will always be an experience of incompleteness in our being until we arrive at God. The truth is that all our searching and seeking leads to God. Opening ourselves to God is what makes us, creatures, come alive. Therefore the most wonderful experience a human being can have is the experience of uniting with God through joyful surrender.

Unlike the rest of the creation, we humans are endowed with “free will”(Genesis 2:16-17) as we are created in the likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-27). The misuse of this free will resulted in our fallen state and alienation from God, with other, and with God’s creation. Since the distance we created between God and ourselves was too great a chasm for us to reconcile through our own efforts, God came to us through “kenosis” (self-emptying) in Jesus Christ to bridge our broken relationship by redeeming our fallen nature. This was an act of great love on God’s part: “For God so loved the world..” (John 3:16a). As a result, “God became human in order that human can become divine.” Our work on earth, then, is threefold: one, live in intimate relationship with God; two, become like Christ by becoming “partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4b); three, be co-creators with God by manifesting God’s divine intention for all God’s creation. For these reasons, Christ calls us to be global citizens who understand that God’s concern for the world is our concern. Therefore the social expression of love is justice and peace for all humankind and the natural world.

Interfaith Dialogue

Increasingly we are living with diverse cultures of people and religion in the work place, school, neighborhoods, and society in general. The significant part of the work of Christ was to break down barriers that divide us, increase the bond of common humanity, and to recognize that we are all God’s children. Unless we make intentional effort to understand each other and learn to love one another, we will destroy ourselves.

For this reason we believe in the interfaith dialogue with the great religions of the world for the purpose of promoting greater understanding and respect toward one another’s different faith traditions, as well as enriching and deepening our own Christian faith in the process. As the scripture states, we believe God was present with all people since the beginning of creation. We view the other world religious traditions as allies rather than threats to our Christian faith. We take seriously in the Universal Christ portrayed in the prologue of the Gospel of John:

All things came into being through him (Christ).




Worship service at Calvary is a combination of the best of traditional Christian service elements and modern service practices. The Christian sacraments are fundamental to the Calvary service, yet the prayers and blessings are said in modern terms that touch the hearts, minds and souls of everyone.  Holy Communion is served once a month and is open to all, as Christ invites everyone to His table.

The music program blends traditional and contemporary music styles in an ever changing musical presentation.  The Chancel Choir sings anthems, and traditional hymns are a part of every service. Contemporary music is included each service, and special singers bless the congregation with spiritual melodies. Congregational choirs add special music to holidays. The entire musical program delivers powerful feelings for all.

After the moving service, a social coffee time follows where everyone is invited for a time of conversation and fellowship.




729 Morse Street
San Jose, CA 95126



10:00 AM



Monday: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Thursday: Closed
Friday: 9:30AM to 12:00PM


The Five Permission at Calvary UMC

  1. You have permission to be yourself.
  2. You have permission to make mistakes.
  3. You have permission to ask for what you need.
  4. You have permission to say “No”.
  5. You have permission to speak the truth in love.

All of us want to be a part of a church that is vital and vibrant. We dream of a church that touches our soul and sends us into to “make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world”.

We at Calvary are embarking on the exciting adventure of creating an authentic, life giving Christian community. We seek to grow in our relationship with our living God and to serve God in the world. God calls us to become not merely servants, but friends, finding the divine in our everyday living and bringing healing and hope to the hurting world. Our mission is making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We invite you to join us!

Calvary is a church of diverse ages, ethnicity, preferences, but unanimous in enthusiasm for a rich and loving Christian community.