Superintendents

Within the Free Methodist Church, superintendents provide for vision alignment and implementation, leadership development, and guidance for the administration and growth of the church. To help facilitate the diverse needs of the Southern California conference, we have three superintendents who work together to fulfill these duties.

Meet Your Superintendents

Charles Latchison

Pastor Charles Latchison serves as the lead pastor of Light & Life West Church, Long Beach, CA, which he and his wife Carolyn planted in 2003. Charles has served in ministry for 30 years and pastor ministry for 25 years. As well as, but not limited to his current pastoral ministry, he is also currently serving as a Superintendent of the Southern California Free Methodist Conference.

Charles received an Associates Degree in Christian Education from Boyce Bible College in Louisville, KY, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Ministry from Campbellsville University in Campbellsville, KY, Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Studies: Church Development from Azusa Pacific University and postgraduate studies with the School of Pastoral Nurture.

Charles and Carolyn got married in August of 2000. Their marriage brought together a blended family, one child each from previous relationships—Candyce and Jaymar. They have one son together named Christopher.

Jonathan Sato

Rev. Jonathan Sato was born and raised in the Free Methodist Church, his father a Free Methodist Minister in the Pacific Coast Japanese Conference (PCJC) who met his mother during a mission’s trip to Japan where his mother was serving as the local Free Methodist translator. Jonathan attended Azusa Pacific University for both his undergraduate and graduate (M.Div) degrees and it was there that he met his wife, Jenn. They are blessed to parent three wonderful daughters; Adeline, Charlotte, and Eleanor. 

Jonathan has served the conference since 2013 as the Executive Minister and the Assistant Superintendent for Administration. In June 2021, he was appointed to the position of Superintendent to serve with Pastors Latchison and Venter.

Fraser Venter

Pastor Fraser and JoAnne, along with their two children, Madisen and Jeffrey, have been leading and attending Cucamonga Christian Fellowship (CCF) since June 1997.

After graduating from San Diego State University in 1989 and pursuing a career in business, Pastor Fraser sensed a call to ministry. In 1993, that calling finally manifested into full-time ministry as the Venters served on the pastoral staff at Light and Life Free Methodist Church in Long Beach in various ministry positions. In the summer of 1997, they were asked to lead Cucamonga Christian Fellowship.

Fraser currently serves as a stationed Conference Superintendent in Southern California while continuing as the Lead Pastor of CCF. Also, Fraser is near the completion of his Doctor of Ministry degree at Azusa Pacific Seminary.

JoAnne is a business director for a national company and has worked in sales for 37 years. In addition to her full-time job, JoAnne enjoys fulfilling her calling to ministry with Fraser and is involved in worship and prayer ministries of CCF. Their greatest joy is worshipping Jesus, loving one another, travel, music, exercise and spending time with their awesome kids.