Our Pastor

The Rev. Dr. David C. Bocock—Pastor Bo—has been our pastor since September 1, 2022. 

He was born and raised in Oklahoma City, OK and is a veteran of the US Air Force having served in the Gulf War and the Bosnian Conflict. He was ordained into the ministry in the United Church of Christ in 2001 and has served churches in New York City and Northern and Central New Jersey. He has served in denominational leadership in various positions, started a clergy-support and coaching ministry known as PastorLab, and is the founder and former director of the Rainbow Cafe, New Jersey’s largest LGBTQ+ youth and fellowship support group. 

Although he was ordained in the UCC, his faith perspective and zeal for ministry were influenced by a variety of mainline faith traditions as well as the military chaplaincy where he served as a chapel manager. He believes that we can know God and be known by God. This is accomplished in a variety of ways–through worship, personal devotion, spiritual growth, and service to others. But rather than seeking to know God as an individual, God is made known through the relationships and journeys we share with others. When left to our devices, we tend to make God into our own image, but when we journey together, we find God is revealed in the love we share for one another.

Bo is convinced that the best of the Pioneer Church lies in front of us. Together, we can help build and cultivate a great church and bring God’s love on earth, as it is in heaven.

Pastor Bo is single, lives in midtown Sacramento, enjoys singing in the Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus, playing golf, Facebooking, reading, and making friends. If you have a question or would like to get acquainted with him, his email address is pastorbo@pioneerucc.org.

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