“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 PDF document click on the following link: Appointments 2019-2020 02-05-20

Appointment Announcement January 27, 2020

The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata has appointed Rev. Robert Rynders as Executive Director at 1703: A Faith Collaborative in Scottsdale, AZ, effective January 1, 2020 per paragraph 344.1d in the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.

1703 is a new nonprofit organization whose purpose is to help faith communities build community and connect to their neighbors. In addition to developing its staffing requirements, 1703 has also launched Social Thread, a non-judgmental community of faith that organizes gatherings and small groups that meet in homes and public spaces. The Orontes Project is now known as 1703: A Faith Collaborative.

Rev. Rynders will have a secondary appointment at Sanctuary UMC in Tucson, AZ per paragraph 331.5 in the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.

Rev. David Wasson, currently appointed less than full time to The Orontes Project will end this appointment as of January 31, 2020. Rev. Wasson will remain appointed less than full time to North Scottsdale UMC in Scottsdale, AZ.

Please keep Rev. Rynders, Rev. Wasson, 1703 and North Scottsdale UMC in your prayers during this transition.

Appointment Announcement January 14, 2020

The Rev. Nancy Cushman, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the West District, intends to assign Joel Arvizu to Nuevo Pacto United Methodist Fellowship in Phoenix Arizona, as a part-time lay person, effective January 16, 2020 per paragraph 205.4 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Please pray for Joel, his wife Betty, and for Nuevo Pacto United Methodist Fellowship during this transition.

Appointment Announcements January 6, 2020

Rev. Javier OlivaresThe Rev. Nancy Cushman, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the West District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Javier Olivares in extension ministry to the Desert Southwest Conference office of New and Vital Faith Communities as temporary support staff, effective January 16, 2020 per paragraph 344.1.a.1 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Olivares will continue to serve Nuevo Pacto United Methodist Fellowship until January 15, 2020.

 

Rev. Ron BartlowThe Rev. Daniel Morley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the North District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata has appointed Rev. Ron Bartlow to transitional leave of absence effective January 1, 2020 per paragraph 353.2c(2) of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Bartlow has served as the Executive Director of Camping and Retreat Ministries for the Desert Southwest Conference. The Desert Southwest Conference has been blessed by the talents and contributions of Rev. Bartlow and we give thanks for his ministry.

Please pray for Rev. Olivares, Rev. Bartlow, Nuevo Pacto United Methodist Fellowship and the Desert Southwest Conference Camping and Retreat Ministries during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcement November 20, 2019

The Rev. Daniel Morley, Superintendent of the North District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata has appointed Pastor Sandra Lee Johnson as a volunteer chaplain serving less than full time at Havasu Regional Medical Center in Lake Havasu City, AZ, effective November 1, 2019 per paragraph 344.1.b of the 2016 Book of Discipline.

Pastor Johnson will continue to serve less than full time as the Associate Pastor of Congregational Care at St. Michael’s UMC.

Please keep Pastor Johnson, Havasu Regional Medical Center and St. Michael’s UMC in prayer during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcement November 8, 2019

The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Tom Kiracofe as the pastor (serving less than full time) at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Phoenix, AZ effective November 15, 2019 per paragraph 357.6 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.

Rev. Ruth Blum, currently appointed as the pastor (serving less than full time) to Aldersgate UMC, will transition to serve solely in her appointment at Willowbrook UMC in Sun City, Arizona.
 
Please pray for Rev. Kiracofe, Rev. Blum and Aldergate UMC during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcement October 23, 2019

The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata has appointed Rev. Shirley Wells as the Minister of Spiritual Formation (serving less than full time) at Dayspring United Methodist Church in Tempe, AZ effective October 1, 2019 per paragraph 357.6 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.

Please pray for Rev. Wells and Dayspring UMC during this time of transition.


Appointment Announcements September 3

The Rev. Nancy Cushman, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the West District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata appointed Pastor Janet Culbertson as the part time local pastor of Youngtown United Methodist Church in Youngtown, AZ, effective August 27, 2019 per paragraph 318.2 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.

Pastor Culbertson was serving as the Lay Person Assigned to Youngtown UMC. We celebrate with Pastor Culbertson and Youngtown UMC on her licensing as a local pastor.and for Youngtown United Methodist Church during this transition.


The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata appointed Pastor Adriana Hernandez as the part time local pastor of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Globe, AZ, effective August 27, 2019 per paragraph 318.2 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.

Pastor Hernandez was serving as the Lay Person Assigned to St. Paul’s UMC. We celebrate with Pastor Hernandez and St. Paul’s UMC on her licensing as a local pastor.

Appointment Announcement August 19


The Rev. Daniel Morley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the North District, announces that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata confirms the installation of Rev. Jonathan Scanlon as the appointed Pastor at Federated Community Church in Flagstaff, Arizona effective August 19, 2019 per paragraph 346.3 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Scanlon is an ordained minister of the Grand Canyon Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church USA.

Please pray for Rev. Scanlon and Federated Community Church during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcements June 27


The Rev. Nancy Cushman, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the West District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Ruth Blum as the part-time Associate Pastor with Emphasis on Membership & Evangelism to Willowbrook Methodist Church in Sun City, Arizona effective August 1, 2019 per paragraph 357.6 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Blum will continue to serve part-time at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Phoenix, Arizona.
 
Please pray for Rev. Blum, Willowbrook UMC, and Aldersgate UMC during this time of transition.


The Rev. Nancy Cushman, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the West District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Pastor Patricia Magyar as the Pastor of UMOM Residents at United Methodist Outreach Ministries (UMOM) in Phoenix, AZ, effective July 5, 2019 per paragraph 318.2 in the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.

Please keep Pastor Magyar and United Methodist Outreach Ministries in your prayers during this transition.


Appointment Announcements June 16

The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata has appointed Rev. David Holling as the part-time Minister of Pastoral Care at Sun Lakes United Methodist Church in Sun Lakes, AZ, per paragraphs 346.1 and 357.6 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Holling is a retired elder from the Indiana Annual Conference.
 
Please pray for Rev. Holling and Sun Lakes UMC during this time of transition.


The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata has appointed Rev. S. Lewis Lyon as the part-time Minister of Pastoral Care at Dove of the Desert United Methodist Church in Glendale, AZ effective July 1, 2019 per paragraph 357.6 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.

Please pray for Rev. Lyon and Dove of the Desert UMC during this time of transition.


The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata has appointed Rev. Jerellen Page as a Registered Nurse at Honor Health Scottsdale Osborn Hospital in Scottsdale, AZ, effective July 1, 2019 per paragraph 344.1.d in the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.

Please keep Rev. Page and Honor Health Scottsdale Osborn Hospital in your prayers during this transition.


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