About Us

Our Purpose Statement:

Burlingame UMC exists so that all are:

    INVITED into our faith community,

    INSPIRED by the life-changing love of God, and

    EMPOWERED to be followers of Jesus.


welcoming church

Our Values:


All people are of sacred worth; no exceptions!

The church was born multicultural, and the Spirit was given to the Church in a multilingual context, and we believe that God is more comfortable and pleased when we model diversity of God's kingdom; therefore, we value diversity and respect a culture of individuals, as we work at building community across cultural and language barriers.

We believe that faith is formed and nurtured in the context of relationships.

We believe that faith is a lifelong journey.

Faith is expressed in community and in mission to the world, with special attention to those on the margins of society.

Recognizing that grace is ultimately a mystery, we encourage people to experience God's grace through passionate worship, Bible study, the sacraments, prayer, fasting, stewardship and mission.


"I just started going to this church recently and I have found the people there to be genuinely nice and very caring. They do a lot of outreach into the community including a dinner on Friday eveningss and distributing backpacks to needy children in our county. The music service on Friday evenings and Sunday mornings is wonderful. Very uplifting. You always leave there in a positive frame of mind and happy that you went.

"The staff there has been wonderful. There's a new pastor, Jeff Kunkel who has stepped in after the sudden death of Archer Summers—a man we all cared deeply about. Not easy for Jeff to walk into a congregation that is reeling from their pastor's death, but he has and is quickly endearing himself to everyone.

"If you are looking for a church community that is non-judgmental and uplifting, I hope you'll give BUMC a try. I'm so very glad that I decided to stop in and check it out. I think you'd be glad if you did too."

— Karen B. T. | August 5, 2011