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: 7-31-2017)

Appointment Announcement on July 31

The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata has appointed Pastor Michael Wilkerson as the part-time local pastor of Song of Life United Methodist Church in Queen Creek, AZ, effective July 17, 2017 per paragraph 318.2 of the 2016 Book of Discipline.

Appointment Announcement on June 6

The Rev. Dan Morley, Superintendent of the North District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Terri Hubbard as the pastor of University United Methodist Church in Las Vegas, Nevada effective July 1, 2017 per to paragraph 346.1 of the 2016 Book of Discipline. Rev. Hubbard is currently on leave and a member of the Rocky Mountain Conference. Please pray for Rev. Hubbard, and University UMC during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcement on May 30

The Rev. Dottie Escobedo-Frank, Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Hannah Bonner to serve as the Director of Wesley Foundation at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona effective July 1, 2017 per paragraphs 344.1.a.1 and 346.1 of the 2016 Book of Discipline. Rev. Bonner is currently the Curator of The Shout, a spoken-word poetry arts and justice community in Houston, TX. Please pray for Rev. Bonner, The Shout and the Wesley Foundation during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcements on May 22

The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Superintendent of the East District, and Rev. Neil Leftwich, Superintendent of the West District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Brian Kemp-Schlemmer as the pastor of Primera Iglesia Methodista Unida in Phoenix, Arizona effective July 1, 2017. Rev. Kemp-Schlemmer will continue to serving at City Square UMF in Phoenix, Arizona. This will be a two-point charge.  Please pray for Rev. Kemp-Schlemmer, Primera IMU, and City Square UMF during this time of transition.

The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata has appointed Rev. Scott Ritchey to medical leave, effective May 10, 2017 per paragraph 356.2 of the 2016 Book of Discipline. Rev. Ritchey served as senior pastor at Central UMC in Phoenix, Arizona. Please pray for Rev. Ritchey and his wife Laura.

Appointment Announcement on May 19


The Rev. Dan Morley, Superintendent of the North District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Eve Williams as the pastor of Advent United Methodist Church in Las Vegas, Nevada effective July 1, 2017. Rev. Williams is currently serving as an associate pastor at Paradise Valley UMC in Paradise Valley, Arizona. Please pray for Rev. Williams, Advent UMC, and Paradise Valley UMC during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcement on May 17

The Rev. Dan Morley, Superintendent of the North District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata has appointed Rev. Michael Patzloff to Family Leave according to Par 353.2b effective May 8, 2017.  Rev. Patzloff served as pastor at University UMC in Las Vegas, Nevada. Please pray for Rev. Patzloff and, University UMC during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcement on May 16

The Rev. Dr. Dottie Escobedo-Frank, Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint The Reverend S. Lewis “Louie” Lyon as the interim pastor of United Methodist of Green Valley in Green Valley AZ, effective July 1, 2017 per paragraph 357.6 of the 2016 Book of Discipline. Rev. Lyon served the United Methodist Church of Green Valley from 2000-2008.  Please pray for Rev. Lyon, his family and for the United Methodist Church of Green Valley during this transition.

Appointment Announcement on May 15

The Rev. Dr. Dottie Escobedo-Frank, Superintendent of the South District, intends to assign Ms. Jamie Booth to Catalina United Methodist Church, Tucson AZ, as a lay person assigned effective July 1, 2017, per paragraph 205.4 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.  Ms. Jamie Booth has completed her Master of Divinity degree and has been a US2 missionary with Iskashitaa Refugee Network and The Inn Project.  Please pray for Jamie and for Catalina United Methodist Church during this transition.

Appointment Announcements on May 9

The Rev. Dan Morley, Superintendent of the North District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Pastor Robert (Bob) Mayer, according to Par 318.2, as the pastor of Community United Methodist Church in Caliente, Nevada effective July 1, 2017. Pastor Mayer is currently serving Drakestown UMC in the Greater New Jersey Conference. Please pray for Pastor Mayer, Community UMC, and Drakestown UMC during this time of transition.

 

The Rev. Dan Morley, Superintendent of the North District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Robyne Mayer, according to Par 346.1, as the pastor of Journey United Methodist Church in Las Vegas, Nevada effective July 1, 2017. Rev. Mayer is currently serving The United Methodist Church in Branchville in the Greater New Jersey Conference. Please pray for Rev. Mayer, Journey UMC, and The United Methodist Church in Branchville during this time of transition.

 

The Rev. Dan Morley, Superintendent of the North District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Donald Hegeman as the pastor of St. John’s  United Methodist Church in Kingman, Arizona effective July 1, 2017. Rev. Hegeman is currently on personal leave and study leave after having most recently served Wesley UMC of Framingham, Massachusetts. Please pray for Rev. Hegeman, and St. John’s UMC during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcement on May 2

The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Stuart Salvatierra as the associate pastor of North Scottsdale United Methodist Church in Scottsdale, AZ, effective July 1, 2017 per paragraph 318.1 of the 2016 Book of Discipline. Stuart graduates in May of 2017 from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Please pray for Stuart and North Scottsdale UMC during this time of transition.

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