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 2016 Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church 2012, ¶425

Appointments List

The Desert Southwest Conference Appointments list is updated throughout the year. To view the PDF document click on the following link: 2016-2017 Clergy Appointment List. (updated: 3-14-2017)

Appointment Announcement on March 17

Rev. Dr. Jim Wallasky

Rev. Dr. Jim Wallasky

Rev. Dan Morley, Superintendent of the North District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Dr. James Wallasky as Senior Pastor, to Green Valley United Methodist Church of Henderson, Nevada effective July 1, 2017. Rev Wallasky is currently serving the UMC of Green Valley, AZ. The Bishop and Cabinet are still in discernment about Pastor Mark Maddox’s next appointment. Please pray for pastors Jim and Mark and the churches in this time of transition.

 

Appointment Announcement on March 14

The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata has appointed Rev. Tom Wick as the interim senior pastor of Central United Methodist Church in Phoenix, Arizona effective March 13, 2017 per paragraph 357.6 of the 2016 Book of Discipline. Rev. Wick is currently a retired member of the Desert Southwest Annual Conference. Please pray for Rev. Wick and Central UMC during this transition.

 The 2016-2017 List of Appointments can be found on the conference website at:  https://dscumc.org/appointments/

Appointment Announcement on March 1

The Rev. Dr. Dottie Escobedo-Frank, Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Dr. Rula Colvin to serve as Pastor of Christ Church United Methodist, effective July 1, 2017. Rev. Colvin is currently serving at Mission Bell UMC. Please keep Rev. Colvin and both of the congregations in your prayers during this time of transition.

The Rev. Dr. Dottie Escobedo-Frank, Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Pastor Efrain Zavala to serve as Pastor of Santa Cruz Valley UMC, effective July 1, 2017, per paragraph 318.1 of the 2016 Book of Discipline. Pastor Zavala is currently serving as Associate Pastor at Sierra Vista UMC. Please keep Pastor Zavala, his family and both of the congregations in your prayers during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcements on February 24

The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata has appointed Rev. David Wasson ¾ part-time to The Orontes Project, a unique partnership between the Desert Southwest Conference and North Scottsdale United Methodist Church in Scottsdale, Arizona effective February 16, 2017 per paragraph 346.2 of the 2016 Book of Discipline. Rev. Wasson will continue to serve ¼ part-time as associate pastor at North Scottsdale UMC. Effective July 1, 2017, Bishop Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Wasson full time to The Orontes Project.

The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata has appointed Rev. Leah Bergstrom as interim part-time associate pastor for congregational care at North Scottsdale United Methodist Church in Scottsdale, Arizona effective February 16, 2017 in accordance with paragraph 346.1 of the 2016 Book of Discipline. Rev. Bergstrom is a retired member of the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference.

Please pray for Rev. Wasson, Rev. Bergstrom, North Scottsdale UMC, and The Orontes Project during this transition.

The 2016-2017 List of Appointments can be found on the conference website at https://dscumc.org/appointments/

Appointment Announcement on January 9

Rev. Neil Leftwich, Superintendent of the West District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Paul Self-Price as Part-time Interim Wellness Minister at Shepherd of the Hills UMC in Sun City West, Arizona effective January 1, 2017, through June 30, 2017, in accordance with paragraph 338.2b4 of the 2016 Book of Discipline. Rev. Self-Price is a Retired Elder. Please pray for Rev. Self-Price and Shepherd of the Hills UMC during this transition.

The 2016-2017 List of Appointments can be found on the Conference website at:  https://dscumc.org/appointments/

Appointment Announcement on January 6

The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata is appointing Bryanell Rop as a part-time Local Pastor at Song of Life UMC, Queen Creek, Arizona effective January 1, 2017, in accordance with paragraph 318.2 of the 2016 Book of Discipline. Pastor Rop has completed her M.Div. and will be working to assist with starting Song of Life’s second campus in San Tan Valley.  Please pray for Pastor Rop and Song of Life UMC, San Tan Valley Campus, during this time of new beginnings.

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