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“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 2016 Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church. ¶425

Appointments List

The Desert Southwest Conference Appointments list is updated throughout the year. To view the current appointment list, click this link: Appointments 2022-2023 effective 1-15-23

Clear Openings Appointment Process

The Appointive Cabinet of the Desert Southwest Conference, are in prayer and discernment for the 2023/2024 Conference appointment year. Click here to learn more.

    Appointment Announcement February 7, 2023

    Lyon, Rev. LouieThe Rev. Javier Olivares, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the West District, announced that Bishop Carlo A. Rapanut intends to appoint the Rev. Louie Lyon as interim pastor, less than full time, at Sunrise UMC in Phoenix, AZ, effective February 1, 2023 per paragraph 357.6. Rev. Louie is a retired elder who will bring a compassionate heart and care for people.

    Hughes, Rev. DonnaRev. Donna Hughes is a retired elder from the Iowa Conference who is re-entering retirement and moving back to Pennsylvania. We give thanks for Rev. Donna stepping in to serve Sunrise at a needed time and for loving the congregation deeply.

    Let us be in prayer for Rev. Lyon, Rev. Hughes and Sunrise UMC during this transition.

    UPDATE Clear Openings Process

    The Appointive Cabinet of the Desert Southwest Conference is in prayer and discernment for the 2023/2024 Conference appointment year. We invite the clergy and laity into this discernment by reviewing the clear appointment opening announcements and praying for each ministry setting and for God’s wisdom in guiding the appointment process. The process and clear openings are listed at https://dscumc.org/clear-openings/.

    The list will be updated on Mondays and include NEW in the title of added clear openings. You are invited to continue checking the list for new updates.

    Addaan namnama ken rag-o (With hope and joy),

    The Appointive Cabinet

    Appointment Announcement February 6, 2023

    Lyon, Rev. LouieThe Rev. Javier Olivares, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the West District, announced that Bishop Carlo A. Rapanut intends to appoint the Rev. Louie Lyon as interim pastor, less than full time, at Sunrise UMC in Phoenix, AZ, effective February 1, 2023 per paragraph 357.6. Rev. Louie is a retired elder who will bring a compassionate heart and care for people.

    Hughes, Rev. DonnaRev. Donna Hughes is a retired elder from the Iowa Conference who is re-entering retirement and moving back to Pennsylvania. We give thanks for Rev. Donna stepping in to serve Sunrise at a needed time and for loving the congregation deeply.

    Let us be in prayer for Rev. Lyon, Rev. Hughes and Sunrise UMC during this transition.

    Clear Openings Process

    Dear Members and friends of the Desert Southwest Conference,

    Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ.

    The Appointive Cabinet of the Desert Southwest Conference are in prayer and discernment for the 2023/2024 conference appointment year. We invite the clergy and laity into this discernment by reviewing the clear appointment opening announcements and praying for each ministry setting and for God’s wisdom in guiding the appointment process.

    This is how the clear opening process works:

      • Listing of Clear Openings:
        • Churches in need of a new pastor through a retirement, ending of an interim period, or change in appointment status will be listed as a clear opening. Openings in cabinet and conference staff positions will also be listed.
        • The listing includes a brief description of the churches’ ministry settings. Specific statistics about a church and community are available through the Annual Conference Journal and MissionInsite. You may obtain MissionInsite data from your District Superintendent.
        • The appointive cabinet will update the list regularly to reflect appointments already made and new openings that become available.

      • Process of Clergy Inquiry:
        • Clergy are encouraged to spend time in prayerful discernment about their call, service, and the listing of clear openings. If the Spirit gives clear prompting, then proceed with an inquiry.
        • Clergy members who experience the call by God to put their names forward for a specific opening are to contact both their current District Superintendent and the District Superintendent who oversees the clear-opening church. Send to both DSs a statement sharing about their call to the appointment and what experience, gifts, and skills they have that are needed by the church.
        • Because we are already in the appointment season, the Cabinet requests that you do this promptly, especially for the cabinet positions that are coming open this year.
        • Confidentiality is critical. Pastors who are considering putting their names forward as an inquiry must not contact people in their own local churches, nor the pastors or laity of the churches in which they have interest, as this has the potential to harm current church appointments. The Cabinet will hold all inquiries in confidence.
        • The Bishop and Cabinet will deeply discern the gifts and graces of the clergy members putting their names forward, and the needs of the mission fields and the local churches. A clergy inquiry may not lead to that specific appointment.

      • Expectations:
        • The Cabinet will be in prayer to deeply discern the match between the mission field, the local church and the gifts and graces of the pastor asked to serve.
        • Bishop, Cabinet, Pastors, and SPRCs are all committed to seeking appointments based on the match between:
          • the local communities and churches,
          • the gifts and skillsets of the potential pastors alongside their personal needs, and
          • the larger ministry context of the Desert Southwest Conference.
        • The District Superintendent will share with a pastor and SPRC the considerations leading to the discerned appointment.
        • There is also an expectation of an open itinerancy, and if a clergy person cannot move because of significant family issues, we will enter a “Covenant of Limited Itineration,” whereby full-time appointment may not be possible, as we discern what is available in any given local area.

    Click here to view the list of clear openings.

    We hope and pray that this way of appointment making will continue to be both liberating and helpful to our annual conference and God’s Kin-dom that we actively pray would come here on earth, through us. We covet your prayers as we engage in this deep, holy work.

    Addaan namnama ken rag-o (With hope and joy),

    The Appointive Cabinet

    Appointment Announcement January 24, 2023

    The Rev. Melissa Rynders, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Carlo Rapanut intends to appoint Rev. Gary Capen as Associate Pastor, less than full-time, at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church, Gold Canyon, AZ, effective February 1, 2023, per ¶346.1 and ¶357.6 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Capen is a retired elder in the New England Conference.

    Let us be in prayer for Rev. Capen and Gold Canyon UMC during this transition and for a fulfilling ministry.

    Appointment Announcement January 9, 2023 REVISED

    Dee Dee Azhikakath

    The Rev. Melissa Rynders, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Carlo A. Rapanut intends to appoint the Rev. Dee Dee Azhikakath, less than full time, to serve as interim Lead Pastor of Chandler United Methodist Church in Chandler, AZ, effective January 15, 2023. Rev. Azhikakath will continue to serve as part-time registrar and candidacy coordinator for the Board of Ordained Ministry.

    The Rev. Melissa Rynders, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced she intends to assign Steve Gregory as interim lay person assigned, less than full-time, at Chandler United Methodist Church in Chandler, AZ, effective January 15, 2023, per ¶205.4 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.

    Let us be in prayer for Rev. Azhikakath, Steve Gregory, and Chandler UMC during this time.

    Appointment Announcement January 9, 2023

    Dee Dee Azhikakath

    The Rev. Melissa Rynders, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Carlo A. Rapanut intends to appoint the Rev. Dee Dee Azhikakath, less than full time, to serve as interim Lead Pastor of Chandler United Methodist Church in Chandler, AZ, effective January 15, 2023. Rev. Azhikakath will continue to serve as part-time registrar and candidacy coordinator for the Board of Ordained Ministry.

    The Rev. Melissa Rynders, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced she intends to assign Steve Gregory as interim lay person assigned, less than full-time, at Chandler United Methodist Church in Chandler, AZ, effective January 15, 2023, per ¶205.4 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.

    Let us be in prayer for Rev. Azhikakath, Steve Gregory, and Chandler UMC during this time.

    Appointment Announcement December 5, 2022

    Arnpriester, Rev. JonathanThe Rev. Melissa Rynders, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Grant J. Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. Jonathan Arnpriester to serve as senior pastor at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church in Paradise Valley, AZ, effective January 15, 2023. Rev. Arnpriester is currently serving at Chandler United Methodist Church, in Chandler, AZ.

    The Rev. Dottie Escobedo-Frank was elected as a bishop at the Western Jurisdiction Conference and will begin her assignment to the California-Pacific Conference on January 1, 2023.

    Let us be in prayer for Rev. Arnpriester, Bishop Escobedo-Frank, Paradise Valley UMC, and Chandler UMC during this time.

    Appointment Announcement November 20, 2022

    Lee, Pastor Robin

    The Rev. Javier Olivares, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the West District, announced that Bishop Grant J. Hagiya intends to appoint Pastor Rob Lee as Interim Pastor, less than full time, at United Methodist Outreach Ministries (UMOM) in Phoenix, AZ, effective November 21, 2022, per paragraphs ¶344.1d and 318.2 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.

    Pastor Patricia Magyar has served as the Pastor of UMOM Residents since 2019. She will become the Director of Visitation at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, IN, effective December 4, 2022.

    Let us be in prayer for Pastor Lee, UMOM, Pastor Patricia Magyar, and St. Luke’s UMC at this time.

    Appointment Announcement November 8, 2022

    The Rev. Matt Ashley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Grant J. Hagiya appointed Pastor Ed Brown as Prison Chaplain, less than full time, at the Central Arizona Florence Correctional Complex in Florence, AZ effective October 12, 2022, per paragraph ¶344.1b of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Pastor Brown will continue to serve as part time local pastor at First UMC in Eloy, AZ.

    Let us be in prayer for Pastor Brown, First UMC of Eloy and the Central AZ Florence Correctional Complex at this time.