Meet the Pastor

The Reverend Dr. Felicisimo Cao


Rev. Dr. Fel Cao is the Director for Camping and Retreat Ministries and Young People’s Ministry for the California-Nevada Annual Conference. He was appointed to this position by Bishop Minerva Carcaño on July 1, 2018 and is ending his appointment as conference staff on June 30, 2021.


Prior to serving as conference staff, he was appointed at Wayside UMC in Vallejo for 7 seven years in which he was very passionate in the work of a new church start in the city of American Canyon with great emphasis on community organization and development. He served Sanger UMC in the Central Valley District in 2013. He served Valley Faith UMC in Sunnyvale for 8 years and Fresno Christian Fellowship UMC for 3 years.


He is a graduate of Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley and earned the Doctor of Ministry degree and attended Union Theological Seminary in Dasmarinas, Cavite, Philippines for his Master of Divinity degree.


He is married to Nerice Ocampo Cao, a graduate of Harris Memorial College and was commissioned at the Cal-Nev Annual Conference and appointed by Bishop Minerva Carcaño as a pre-school teacher at Fairfield Suisun Unified School District. Fel and Nerice have been blessed with three children, Andrea, Asbury and Amos.


Fel is very active in the Western Jurisdiction leadership as Chair for the Western Jurisdiction Inter Ethnic Coordinating Committee and the Western Jurisdiction Asian American Coordinating Committee. He is an elected member of the Jurisdictional Conference for the Western Jurisdiction that will elect bishops on November 3-5, 2022.


Fel is an avid bicyclist and is doing Century Rides of 100 miles and Metric Century Rides of 100 Kilometers. He loves doing Mountain Bike trail rides as well. He plays basketball and ping-pong. Fel is very passionate in the work of personal holiness and social holiness.


As an itinerant minister, Fel is very excited in serving a two-point charge of Faith UMC and Riverside UMC with the new opportunities for the collective church witness of love, justice, peace in making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.



Pastor’s Office Hours

Tuesday-Thursday at 9:00 am till 1:00 pm