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Oct 1st (World Communion Sunday)

Philippians 2:1-13

Sermon Title: “Humility”

In his Letter to the Church in Philippi, Paul describes in this passage Jesus Christ’s humility and exaltation. Although he was in the form of God, Jesus emptied himself, took on human form, and humbled himself even to death on a cross (v. 6-8). Yet through his resurrection and ascension, Jesus was exalted so that every knee should bend and tongue confess that he is Lord (v.9-11). Paul preaches that It is this type of humility that we should imitate as followers of Christ.

More about our Senior Pastor, Greg Batson

The Reverend Greg Batson began serving as Senior Pastor of Foothills UMC in La Mesa, CA on July 1, 2017. His previous appointments include serving as the President and CEO of the California-Pacific United Methodist Foundation in Pasadena, CA (2013-2017), Senior Pastor of Aldersgate UMC in Tustin, CA (2009-2013), Senior Pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Burbank, CA (2004 – 2009), and as an Associate Pastor at the First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica, CA (2000-2004).

A native of Greene County, Georgia, Rev. Batson grew up in a small, rural community between Atlanta and Augusta. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English and Economics in 1986 from Emory University in Atlanta. He then began an eleven year career as a corporate banker with SunTrust Banks in Nashville, TN and The Bank of New York in New York City. In 1997, he decided to follow his call to ordained ministry and returned to school. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City in 2000, and then moved to Southern California with his family to begin his ministry.

Rev. Batson is married to Tania Trotter Batson. A native Californian, Tania grew up in Nashville, TN. She also graduated from Emory University where she and Greg met. Tania has worked professionally as a classical soprano and more recently as Director of Special Events and Major Gifts for Pacific Symphony in Orange County. They have three sons: Thomas, Daniel and Wesley. The family enjoys travel, camping, playing and watching sports, performing in theatrical productions, and serving their church and community together.