Conference Appointments

“Clergy shall be appointed by the bishop, who is empowered to make and fix all appointments in the Episcopal area of which the annual conference is a part. Appointments are to be made with consideration of the gifts and evidence of God’s grace of those appointed, to the needs, characteristics, and opportunities of congregations and institutions, and with faithfulness to the commitment to an open itineracy.”

– The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church 2016, ¶425

Appointments List

The Desert Southwest Conference Appointments list is updated throughout the year. To view the PDF document click on the following link: Clergy Appointment List 2017-2018 (updated: 4-18-2018)

Appointment Announcement on May 15

The Rev. Susan Brims, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Beverly Devine as the pastor of White Mountain United Methodist Church in Show Low, Arizona, effective July 1, 2018. Rev. Devine is currently serving at UMC of Green Valley in Green Valley, Arizona. Please pray for Rev. Devine, UMC of Green Valley and White Mountain UMC during this time of transition.

 

The Rev. Susan Brims, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Paul Borneman as the interim associate pastor of Velda Rose United Methodist Church in Mesa, Arizona, from May 14, 2018 to June 30, 2018, per paragraphs 346.1 and 357.6 of the 2016 Book of Discipline. Rev. Borneman is a retired elder from Western Pennsylvania Conference. Please pray for Rev. Borneman and his family and Velda Rose UMC during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcement on May 14

The Rev. Dan Morley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent for the North District, announces that the Board of Ordained Ministry has approved a personal leave of absence for the Rev. Jessica Goad at her request, per paragraph 353.2a of the 2016 Book of Discipline. Rev. Goad is currently serving at Federated Community Church in Flagstaff, AZ. Federated Community Church is an ecumenical shared ministry (2016 Book of Discipline paragraphs 207-208) with the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA), and the leave will be coordinated with the calling of the new Presbyterian pastor, in accordance with the polity of the PCUSA. Rev. Goad will serve as the Interim Pastor of Federated Community Church until the Presbyterian Church has secured an incoming pastor to serve, but no later than July 1, 2019. Please pray for Rev. Goad and Federated Community Church during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcement on May 8

The Rev. Neil Leftwich, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the West District, intends to assign Kimber Govett to Sunrise United Methodist Church in Phoenix AZ, as a part-time lay person effective July 1, 2017, per paragraph 205.4 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Please pray for Kimber and for Sunrise United Methodist Church during this transition.

Appointment Announcement on May 7

The Rev. Neil Leftwich, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the West District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Galene Boyett as the senior pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in Yuma, Arizona, effective July 1, 2018. Rev. Boyett is currently serving at Shepherd of the Hills UMC in Sun City West, Arizona. Please pray for Rev. Boyett and her family, Shepherd of the Hills UMC and Trinity UMC during this time of transition.

 

The Rev. Neil Leftwich, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the West District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Javier Olivares as the pastor of Nuevo Pacto United Methodist Fellowship in Phoenix, Arizona, effective July 1, 2018. Rev. Olivares is currently serving at Crossroads UMC in Phoenix, Arizona. Please pray for Rev. Olivares, Crossroads UMC and Nuevo Pacto UMF during this time of transition.

Appointment Annoucement on May 3

The Rev. Mark Conrad, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Pastor Maribel Mojica-Calvo as the part-time local pastor of Duncan UMC in Duncan, Arizona effective July 1, 2018 per paragraph 318.2 of the 2016 Book of Discipline. Pastor Mojica-Calvo is currently serving at First UMC Safford. Please pray for Pastor Mojica-Calvo and Duncan UMC during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcement on April 26

The Rev. Neil Leftwich, Appointive Cabinet liaison to the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, announced on behalf of the Appointive Cabinet and the Board of Ordained Ministry that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Dee Dee Azhikakath, as Registrar for the Board of Ordained Ministry effective May 1, 2018 per paragraph 344.1.a.1 of the 2016 Book of Discipline. Rev. Azhikakath is currently on leave of absence. Please pray for Rev. Azhikakath and the Board of Ordained Ministry during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcement on April 24

The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. David Rennick as the senior pastor of North Scottsdale United Methodist Church in Scottsdale, Arizona, effective July 1, 2018. Rev. Rennick is currently serving at First United Methodist Church in Mesa, Arizona. Please pray for Rev. Rennick and his family, First UMC of Mesa, and North Scottsdale UMC during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcement on April 16

The Rev. Neil Leftwich, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the West District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Tweedy Sombrero Navarrete as the pastor of Shepherd of the Valley UMC in Phoenix, Arizona, effective July 1, 2018. Rev. Sombrero Navarrete is currently serving at Trinity UMC in Yuma, Arizona. Please pray for Rev. Sombrero Navarrete, Shepherd of the Valley UMC, and the Trinity UMC during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcement on April 10

The Rev. Neil Leftwich, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the West District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Pastor Deborah Schauer as the pastor of Spirit of Hope UMC in Peoria, Arizona, effective July 1, 2018 per paragraph 318.1 of the 2016 Book of Discipline. Pastor Schauer is currently serving at Shepherd of the Valley UMC in Phoenix, Arizona. Please pray for Pastor Schauer and her family, Spirit of Hope UMC, and Shepherd of the Valley UMC during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcement on April 9

The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Rick Casebolt as the senior pastor of First United Methodist Church of Gilbert in Gilbert, Arizona, effective July 1, 2018. Rev. Casebolt is currently serving at Mesquite UMC in Mesquite, Nevada. Please pray for Rev. Casebolt and his family, First UMC of Gilbert, and Mesquite UMC during this time of transition..

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