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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 PDF document click on the following link: Appointments 2021-2022 effective 07-01-21 (6-28-21)

Appointment Announcements June 8, 2021

The Rev. Matt Ashley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Sherry Brady as pastor of Duncan UMC, Duncan AZ, less than full time, effective July 1, 2021, per ¶331.1.c of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Brady currently serves as Congregational Care Coordinator of First United Methodist Church in Safford, AZ.

 

 

Pastor Maribel Mojica-Calvo, pastor of Duncan UMC, stepped down from her appointment due to her husband’s job transfer.

Let us be in prayer for Rev. Brady, Pastor Calvo, their families, Duncan UMC and First UMC of Safford, AZ during this time of transition.

 

 

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The Rev. Nancy Cushman, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the West District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata appointed the Rev. Joshua Warner as Program Coordinator and Evaluator of Mobile Health at Valle del Sol in Phoenix, AZ, effective May 24, 2021, per ¶ 331.3c in the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.

Please keep Rev. Warner, his family and Valle del Sol in your prayers during this transition.

 

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The Rev. Dan Morley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the North District, announced a partnership of a lay person assigned and a clergyperson appointment to First United Methodist Church in Winslow, AZ effective July 1, 2021.

Superintendent Morley intends to assign Mrs. Erna Snukis as lay person assigned to First UMC, Winslow, AZ, less than full-time, per ¶ 205.4 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Mrs. Snukis is currently a Certified Lay Minister at Mohave Valley UMC, Fort Mohave, AZ.

 

 

 

Mothershed, Rev. Cheryl Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Cheryl Mothershed to First UMC, Winslow, AZ and Holbrook UMC, Holbrook, AZ, less than full time, per ¶ 346.2 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Mothershed will remain appointed to Holbrook UMC in Holbrook, AZ, less than full time..

Let us be in prayer for Mrs. Snukis, Rev. Mothershed, First UMC, Holbrook UMC, and Mohave Valley UMC during this time of transition.

 

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The Rev. Dan Morley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the North District intends to assign Mr. Patrick McAvoy as layperson assigned to Page Community UMC, Page, AZ, less than full-time, per ¶ 205.4 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline, effective August 22, 2021. Mr. McAvoy currently serves as a Certified Lay Minister at Boulder City UMC, Boulder City, NV.

Let us be in prayer for Mr. McAvoy, Page Community UMC, and Boulder City UMC during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcements June 2, 2021

The Rev. Matt Ashley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Peter Vaught as pastor of UMC of the Good Shepherd, Kearny AZ, less than full time, effective July 1, 2021, per ¶357.6 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Vaught currently serves as Interim Pastor of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Tucson, AZ.

 

Let us be in prayer for Rev. Vaught, his family, UMC of the Good Shepherd and St. Paul’s UMC during this time of transition.

 

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The Rev. Nancy Cushman, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the West District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Pastor Bob Lind as pastor of Ajo Federated Church, Ajo, AZ, less than full-time, effective July 1, 2021, per ¶ 320.5 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. He will be leading a new model for pastoral leadership. Pastor Lind is currently appointed to Community Church of Buckeye, AZ.

 

 

Pastor Jeannie Morago, currently appointed to Ajo Federated Church, intends to discontinue as a local pastor and enter her personal time of retirement, effective July 1, 2021.

 

Let us be in prayer for Pastor Lind, Pastor Morago, their families, Community Church of Buckeye and Ajo Federated Church in this time of transition.

Appointment Announcements May 25, 2021

The Rev. Dan Morley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the North District, announced a partnership of a layperson assigned and a clergyperson appointment to Pahrump Valley United Methodist Church in Pahrump, NV effective July 1, 2021.

Superintendent Morley intends to assign Mrs. Phyllis Murray as layperson assigned to Pahrump Valley UMC, less than full-time, per ¶ 205.4 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Mrs. Murray currently serves as the North District Lay Leader.

 

 

 

Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Judy Stallons as interim pastor to Pahrump Valley UMC, less than full time, per ¶ 338.3, ¶ 346.1 and ¶ 357.6 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Stallons is a retired elder from the Kentucky Conference.

 

 

 

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Pastor Lana Fong, currently appointed to Pahrump Valley UMC, intends to discontinue as a local pastor and enter her personal time of retirement, effective July 1, 2021.

Let us be in prayer for Mrs. Murray, Rev. Stallons, Pastor Fong, and Pahrump Valley UMC during this time of transition.

 

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The Rev. Nancy Cushman, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the West District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Donna Hughes as pastor of Sunrise UMC, Phoenix, AZ, less than full time, effective July 1, 2021, per ¶ 346.1 and ¶ 357.6 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Hughes is a retired elder from the Iowa Annual Conference.

Let us be in prayer for Rev. Hughes and Sunrise UMC during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcements May 17, 2021

The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Lauren Coffman as Minister of Engagement at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church in Paradise Valley, AZ, effective July 1, 2021 per ¶318.1 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Ms. Coffman currently works as the Lay Minister of Engagement at Paradise Valley UMC.

Let us be in prayer for Ms. Coffman, her family, and Paradise Valley UMC as the church establishes this new pastoral position.

 

 

The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Pastor Iain Glithero as Pastor of Desert Chapel United Methodist Church in Apache Junction, AZ, less than full-time, effective July 1, 2021 per ¶320.5 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.

Let us be in prayer for Pastor Glithero, his family, and Desert Chapel UMC during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcements May 10, 2021

The Rev. Matt Ashley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Pastor Kevin Lester as pastor of Sanctuary United Methodist Church in Tucson, AZ, effective July 1, 2021, per ¶ 318.1 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Pastor Lester is currently working as Director of Family Programs at Trinity Heights United Methodist Church in Flagstaff, AZ.

Let us be in prayer for Pastor Lester, his family, Sanctuary UMC and Trinity Heights 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 intends to appoint Pastor Sylvia Harris as pastor of Wesley United Methodist Church in Phoenix, AZ, less than full-time, effective July 1, 2021, per ¶ 318.2 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.

Let us be in prayer for Pastor Harris, her family, and Wesley UMC during this time as she moves from interim student pastor to appointed local pastor.

Appointment Announcements May 3, 2021

The Rev. Matt Ashley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Eun Young Ko as Pastor of First United Methodist Church in Tucson, AZ, effective July 1, 2021, per ¶346.1 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Ko currently serves as Pastor of Faith Evangelical United Methodist Church in the Northern Illinois Annual Conference.

Let us be in prayer for Rev. Ko, her family, First UMC in Tucson, and Faith Evangelical UMC in Elmhurst, IL 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 Joel Arvizu as Pastor of Epworth United Methodist Church in Phoenix, AZ and Nuevo Pacto United Methodist Fellowship in Phoenix AZ, effective July 1, 2021 per ¶ 318.1 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Pastor Arvizu is currently appointed to Nuevo Pacto UMF in Phoenix, AZ.

Let us be in prayer for Pastor Arvizu, his family, Epworth UMC, and Nuevo Pacto UMF during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcements April 26, 2021

The Rev. Matt Ashley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Pastor Linda Larsen as pastor of Willcox United Methodist Church in Willcox, AZ, less than full-time, effective July 1, 2021, per ¶ 318.2 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.

 

 

The Rev. Bob Cutlipp will continue his ministry at Community UMC in Bowie, AZ.

Let us be in prayer for Pastor Larsen, Rev. Cutlipp, their families, and Willcox UMC in this time of transition.

Appointment Announcements April 19, 2021

Rev. Nancy Cushman, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the West District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Robert Holliday as pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in Phoenix, AZ, effective July 1, 2021. Rev. Holliday currently serves as pastor of Epworth UMC in Phoenix, AZ.

Let us be in prayer for Rev. Holliday, his family, Epworth UMC, and Trinity UMC during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcements April 12, 2021

The Rev. Dan R. Morley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the North District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Stephen Govett as pastor of University United Methodist Church in Las Vegas, NV, effective July 1, 2021. Rev. Govett currently serves as pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in Phoenix, AZ.

 

 

The Rev. Terri Hubbard, a member of the Mountain Sky Annual Conference, currently appointed to University UMC, intends to retire effective July 1, 2021.

Let us be in prayer for Rev. Govett, Rev. Hubbard, their families, University UMC and Trinity UMC in Phoenix during this time of transition.

 

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The Rev. Nancy Cushman, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the West District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Ms. Daisy Ho as pastor of Community Church of Buckeye in Buckeye, AZ, less than full-time, effective July 1, 2021, per ¶ 318.2 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Ms. Ho is working toward her local pastor license.

 

 

Pastor Bob Lind, who currently serves as pastor of Community Church of Buckeye, intends to retire on July 1, 2021 per ¶ 320.5 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.

Let us be in prayer for Ms. Ho, Pastor Lind, their families, and Community Church of Buckeye in this time of transition.

 

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The Rev. Matthew Ashley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Melissa Rynders as senior pastor of Catalina United Methodist Church in Tucson, AZ effective July 1, 2021. Rev. Rynders currently serves as pastor of Sanctuary United Methodist Church in Tucson, AZ.

Let us be in prayer for Rev. Rynders, her family, Catalina UMC and Sanctuary UMC during this time of transition.

 

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The Rev. Matthew Ashley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Pastor Marico Wilson as pastor of San Pedro Valley United Methodist Church in Benson, AZ, less than full time, effective July 1, 2021 per paragraph ¶ 320.5 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Pastor Wilson is a retired local pastor from the Desert Southwest Conference.

 

 

Pastor Kayla Johnson, currently serving San Pedro Valley UMC, will continue to serve on staff as Christian Education Director at Sierra Vista United Methodist Church.

Let us be in prayer for Pastor Johnson, Pastor Wilson, their families, and San Pedro Valley UMC during this time of transition.

 

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The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Michael Eaton as pastor of Payson United Methodist Church in Payson, AZ, less than full time, effective May 1, 2021 per ¶ 338.2 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Eaton currently serves as pastor of Boulder City United Methodist Church in Boulder City, NV.

 

 

Pastor Sarah Allen, currently serving as pastor of Payson UMC has requested that she be released from her appointment effective May 1, 2021 to attend to health concerns.

 

 

 

The Rev. Dan R. Morley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the North District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Pastor Kimber Govett as pastor of Boulder City United Methodist Church in Boulder City, NV, effective July 1, 2021 per ¶ 318.1 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Pastor Govett currently serves as pastor of Sunrise United Methodist Church in Phoenix, AZ.

Let us be in prayer for Pastor Allen, Rev. Eaton, Pastor Govett, their families, Payson UMC, Boulder City UMC and Sunrise UMC during this time of transition.

 

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The Rev. Nancy Cushman, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the West District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Pastor Michael Wilkerson as pastor of First United Methodist Church in Yuma, AZ, effective July 1, 2021, per ¶ 318.1 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Pastor Wilkerson is currently attending seminary.

 

 

The Rev. Michael Bryant, who currently serves as pastor of First UMC in Yuma, intends to return retired status on July 1, 2021.

Let us be in prayer for Rev. Bryant, Pastor Wilkerson, their families, and First UMC, Yuma during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcements March 21, 2021

The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Dr. Dottie Escobedo-Frank as senior pastor of Paradise Valley United Methodist Church in Paradise Valley, AZ, effective July 1, 2021. Rev. Dr. Escobedo-Frank currently serves as senior pastor of Catalina United Methodist Church in Tucson, AZ.

Let us be in prayer for Rev. Dr. Escobedo-Frank, her family, Paradise Valley UMC and Catalina UMC during this time of transition.

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