End of an Era
After 14 years as pastor of Wilmington First United Methodist Church, Reverend Neil Platon will be moving to tend to a new flock, in fact, two flocks. In a letter dated May 8, 2016 and read to the congregation during Sunday service, District Superintendent Kathey M. Wilborn informed the Staff Pastor Parish Relations Committee that California-Pacific Conference Bishop, Minerva G. Carcaño, intends to appoint Pastor Neil to Trinity UMC, which is a majority Filipino church, and Del Rosa UMC which is mostly Caucasian. Both churches are in the Inland Empire and in the East District. The move is effective July 1, 2016.
Pastor Neil joked that he will be “getting a Wilmington and Iowa experience” with the two churches. Surely it is no doubt that the Lord has been grooming Pastor Neil for this new chapter in his life and the lives of his new congregants.
Wilborn indicated she is, “Thankful to Rev. Neil, Joy and the kids for these past years of service.” She continued, “I thank God for him coming to live among us and shepherd you into 2016 with hopes and dreams.”
Pastor Neil and Joy have met with the SPPRC’s of both of his new churches and came away with a good feeling.
According to the assignment letter, Bishop Carcaño intends to essentially make a swap with the minister from Trinity UMC.
Rev. Nelson Castorillo will move to Wilmington FUMC to serve full time as our new pastor.
Castorillo’s home town in the Philippines is Tay Tay in the Province of Rizal. He is married to Rose and has two grown children. Castorillo is the President of the Filipino Caucus. He is an ordained United Methodist minister of the California Pacific Annual Conference and has been a pastor since 1986.
We hope to have more information for you about our new pastor soon.