After serving Hesperia United Methodist Church for nearly two decades, Reverend Robert Wicherts has moved to a church located in San Fernando Valley, putting Pastor Mark Marcos as the newly appointed leader of the church.


Although he was only appointed in July, Marcos finds a welcome home in the church and expects it to become even more involved in the community.


"We try to solve community problems and work with the city to clean it's our way of participating in the community, and this church is so willing to do community outreach," Marcos said.


According to Marcos, the church has done Adopt-a-Street and several community clean up projects, "fostering a good relationship with the city, as they depend on us for several projects", he said. They are also involved in both youth and elderly outreach.


"We try to visit senior citizens in nursing homes and reach out to them ... and young people, outside the church," Marcos said. "We also have a youth ministry for children and young people of this church."


The church is celebrating its 32nd anniversary this year, and Marcos said that he is motivated to push the community towards more service for other communities.


"I hope and pray the city counts us as partners with them. We are not a community of ourselves, but a community within a community, and we must be visible," Marcos said. "I wish to be intentional ... I look forward to being of service to the church."


Hesperia United Methodist Church has 178 members, with 130 members average in weekly services. Of those, 20 percent of attendees are young people, 50 percent are "baby boomers" and the rest are senior citizens, Marcos said.


"It's open doors, open minds, open hearts," Marcos said. "Anyone is welcome here. And we want to grow in knowledge and in relationship with Christ."