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 Announcements on April 24

The Rev. Neil Leftwich, Superintendent of the West District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Pastor Don Benton as the part-time pastor of Sunrise United Methodist Church in Phoenix, AZ, effective July 1, 2017 per paragraph 318.2 of the 2016 Book of Discipline. Pastor Benton is currently serving at Scottsdale UMC in Scottsdale, AZ. Please pray for Pastor Benton, Sunrise UMC, and Scottsdale UMC during this transition.

 

 

The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Ann Thomas as the pastor of Scottsdale United Methodist Church in Scottsdale, Arizona effective July 1, 2017. Rev. Thomas is currently serving at Journey UMC in Las Vegas, Nevada. Please pray for Rev. Thomas, Scottsdale UMC, and Journey UMC 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 The Rev. Matt Ashley as the pastor of Sierra Vista United Methodist Church in Sierra Vista, Arizona, effective July 1, 2017.  Rev. Ashley is currently serving as pastor of Catalina United Methodist Church in Tucson, Arizona.   Please pray for Rev. Ashley, Sierra Vista UMC and Catalina UMC 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 Rev. Paul Cho to First United Methodist Church of Tucson in Tucson, Arizona, effective July 1, 2017, per paragraph 326.2 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.  Pastor Cho will continue to lead Korean United Methodist Fellowship in a period of change and transition.  Please keep Pastor Cho and First UMC of Tucson in your prayers.

 

 

The Rev. Dr. Dottie Escobedo-Frank, Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint The Rev. Richard Jones as the pastor of St. James United Methodist Church in Tucson, Arizona, effective July 1, 2017, per paragraph 346.2 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.  Rev. Jones is currently serving as associate pastor of Catalina United Methodist Church in Tucson, AZ.  Please pray for Rev. Jones, St. James UMC and Catalina UMC during this transition.

 

The Rev. Dr. Dottie Escobedo-Frank, Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint The Rev. Mary Dotson as the pastor of Duncan United Methodist Church in Duncan, Arizona and First United Methodist Church of Safford in Safford, Arizona, effective July 1, 2017, per paragraph 346.1 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.  Rev. Mary Dotson is a member of the Susquehanna Annual Conference in Central Pennsylvania, currently serving as pastor of Calvary United Methodist Church in Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania.  Please pray for Rev. Dotson, Duncan UMC, First UMC of Safford and Calvary UMC during this transition.

Appointment Announcements

Dear Members and Friends of the Desert Southwest Conference,

I have the privilege of sharing two appointment changes with you.  These announcements were made in the appropriate churches this past Sunday and are now being shared with our whole conference.  It is my intention to make these two appointments, effective July 1, 2017.

The Rev. Beth Rambikur will move from her current appointment as lead pastor of First UMC, Tucson, to become our new Director of Connectional Ministries. Beth has served with distinction for the past 4 years.  In that time, she has been a strong pastor with a caring heart for the congregation, but also for the community, including the neighborhood around the church and the university community next door.  The church has demonstrated its commitment to reach out to all and to provide needed services in concert with its message of hope in Jesus.  I have experienced Beth’s strengths in organizational thinking, strategic design, and thoughtful spiritual grounding in God’s love for all.  She is called and equipped to lead by example and teaching and brings to the position of DCM a connection with the Jurisdiction and the Global Church that will enrich and resource our Conference.

 

The Rev. Mark Conrad is in his fourth year as lead pastor at Sierra Vista UMC in Sierra Vista.  The church has become a place that is alive and thriving because of his strong pastoral ministry.  The church is engaged in exciting ministries in the diverse communities it serves. Mark has also served as chairperson of the Order of Elders and has led the elders and other colleagues in ministry, inspiring them to seriously address matters of health and wholeness of body, mind, and spirit.  His example of taking the time to refresh his own spirit and refuel for ministry has been an encouragement for the clergy colleagues of our Conference.   Mark brings that spirit as he moves from his appointment at Sierra Vista to serve as the new District Superintendent for the South District.  I am looking forward to engaging Mark’s experience in pastoral ministry, his strong leadership in times of challenge and change, and his creative energy for the work of the Appointive Cabinet and the Ministry Cabinet of our Conference.

Please keep those that are most affected by these appointments in your prayers. I ask that you hold:  the Rev. Beth Rambikur and the congregation of First UMC, Tucson; the Rev. Mark Conrad and the congregation at Sierra Vista UMC; as well as their families and colleagues and friends who surround them with love and encouragement in this time of transition.

In Christ,

Bob
Robert T Hoshibata,
Resident Bishop
Desert Southwest Conference
The United Methodist Church

Appointment Announcements on April 10

The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Anthony Tang as the pastor of Desert Mission United Methodist Church in Scottsdale, Arizona effective July 1, 2017. Rev. Tang currently serves as the Director of Connectional Ministries for the Desert Southwest Conference of The United Methodist Church. In announcing the appointment, Bishop Bob shared, “Anthony Tang has brought his strong voice for inclusion and his support for the partnership between laity and clergy to his work as Director of Connectional Ministries.  He has worked tirelessly for the multiplicity of ministries in our Conference to coordinate and streamline our work together. His new ideas and enlivening spirit have blessed our Conference and have positively impacted the Western Jurisdiction and the General Church.”  Please pray for Rev. Tang and Desert Mission UMC during this time of transition.

 

The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Douglas Handlong as the senior pastor of Central United Methodist Church in Phoenix, Arizona effective July 1, 2017. Rev. Handlong is currently serving at Anchor Park United Methodist Church in Anchorage, Alaska. Please pray for Rev. Handlong, his family, Central UMC and Anchor Park UMC during this time of transition.

 

Appointment Announcement on April 4

The Rev. Dr. Dottie Escobedo-Frank, Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Pastor Linda Larsen as the pastor of a three-point charge; Huachuca UMC in Huachuca City, Arizona; San Pedro Valley UMC in Benson, Arizona; and Trinity UMC in Bisbee, Arizona effective July 1, 2017 per paragraph 318.1 of the 2016 Book of Discipline. Pastor Larsen is currently serving at Community UMC in Caliente, Nevada. Please pray for Pastor Larsen, Huachuca UMC, San Pedro Valley UMC, and Trinity UMC during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcement on April 3

Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata has announced his intention to appoint the Rev. Dr. Dottie Escobedo-Frank as Senior Pastor of Catalina UMC in Tucson, AZ, effective July 1, 2017.  Rev. Dr. Escobedo-Frank is currently serving her third year as the South District Superintendent. In announcing the appointment, Bishop Bob shared, “Rev. Escobedo-Frank has served with distinction and will be missed on the Cabinet. Although I am not eager for Rev. Escobedo-Frank to leave the Cabinet, from time to time, the need for leadership in local churches must be balanced with the needs of the Cabinet. Dottie has brought her knowledge and experience to the Cabinet and has graced us with her creativity and her ability to inspire vitality especially in the South District.  I have appreciated her gracious leadership as Superintendent and as Dean of the Appointive Cabinet. She will offer the congregation at Catalina her many strong gifts for vital ministry.” Please pray for Rev. Dr. Escobedo-Frank and her family during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcements on March 27

The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Corby Johnson as pastor at the United Methodist Church of Casa Grande, Arizona effective July 1, 2017, in accordance with paragraph 346.1 of the 2016 Book of Discipline. Rev. Johnson is a member of the Iowa Annual Conference currently serving at Hampton United Methodist Church, Hampton, Iowa. Please pray for Rev. Johnson and UMC of Casa Grande during this transition.

The Rev. Dr. Dottie Escobedo-Frank, Superintendent of the South District, and The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Michael Eaton as the pastor of UMC of the Good Shepherd in Kearny, Arizona and the pastor of St. Paul’s UMC in Globe, Arizona effective July 1, 2017. Rev. Eaton is currently serving at St. Paul’s UMC in Globe, Arizona. Please pray for Rev. Eaton, UMC of the Good Shepherd, and St. Paul’s UMC 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 Rev. Beverly Devine as the associate pastor of the United Methodist Church of Green Valley in Green Valley, Arizona effective July 1, 2017. Rev. Devine is currently serving at Epworth United Methodist Church in Phoenix, Arizona. Please pray for Rev. Devine and UMC of Green Valley during this time of transition.

The Rev. Neil Leftwich, Superintendent of the West District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Jonathan Hall as pastor at Haven United Methodist Church in Jerome, Arizona and Mountain View United Methodist Church in Cottonwood, Arizona effective July 1, 2017 in accordance with paragraph 346.1 of the 2016 Book of Discipline. Rev. Hall is a member of the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference currently serving at First United Methodist Church in Frackville, Pennsylvania. Please pray for Rev. Hall, Haven UMC, and Mountain View UMC during this transition.

The Rev. Neil Leftwich, Superintendent of the West District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Douglas Reynolds as pastor at Mission Bell United Methodist Church in Phoenix, Arizona effective July 1, 2017, in accordance with paragraph 346.1 of the 2016 Book of Discipline. Rev. Reynolds is a retired Deacon/Associate Member of the Iowa Annual Conference (para 419.1 of the 1992 Book of Discipline) currently serving at Mountain View United Methodist Church, Cottonwood, Arizona. Please pray for Rev. Reynolds and Mission Bell UMC during this transition.

The Rev. Neil Leftwich, Superintendent of the West District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Robert Holliday as the pastor of Epworth United Methodist Church in Phoenix, Arizona effective July 1, 2017. Rev. Holliday is currently serving at St. James United Methodist Church in Tucson, Arizona. Please pray for Rev. Holliday and Epworth UMC during this time of transition.

Rev. Daniel Morley, Superintendent of the North District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Pastor Linda Stanley as pastor of Zion United Methodist Church in North Las Vegas, Nevada effective July 1, 2017, in accordance with paragraph 318.2 in the 2016 Book of Discipline. Rev Dr. Lawrence Johnson will complete his interim appointment with Zion, December 2016 through June 30, 2017. Pastor Linda is currently serving the United Methodist Churches of San Pedro Valley UMC in Benson, AZ and Huachuca UMC in Huachuca City, Arizona.  Please pray for Pastor Linda and the churches in this time of transition.

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/

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