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: Appointments 2018-2019 09-16-18 (updated: 9-16-2018)

Appointment Announcement September 17

The Rev. Nancy Cushman, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the West District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata appointed Pastor Kimber Govett as the part time pastor of Sunrise United Methodist Church in Phoenix, Arizona, effective September 1, 2018 per paragraph 318.2 of the 2016 Book of Discipline. Pastor Govett was serving as the Lay Person Assigned to Sunrise UMC. We celebrate with Pastor Govett, her family, and Sunrise UMC on her licensing as a local pastor.

Appointment Announcement on August 27

The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Pastor Katharine Keller as the associate pastor of Gold Canyon United Methodist Church in Gold Canyon, Arizona, effective September 1, 2018 per paragraph 318.1 of the 2016 Book of Discipline. Pastor Keller is currently the Director of Christian Education & Outreach at Gold Canyon UMC. Please pray for Pastor Keller, her family, and Gold Canyon UMC during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcement on August 17

The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Asa Holly as chaplain at Banner-University Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ effective September 1, 2018 per paragraph 344.1.b in the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Please keep Rev. Holly in your prayers during this transition.

Appointment Announcement on August 13

The Rev. Daniel Morley, Superintendent of the North District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Pastor Robert Gilfert to St. John’s United Methodist Church in Kingman, AZ effective September 1, 2018 per paragraph 318.1 and 322.3 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Pastor Gilfert is currently a retired member of the Desert Southwest Conference.

 

Rev. Donald Hegeman serves as the pastor of St. John’s UMC and has requested medical leave through the New England Annual Conference, effective September 1, 2018 per paragraph 356.2 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.

 

 

Please keep Pastor Gilfert and his wife, Ruth, Rev. Hegeman and his wife, Gretchen, and St. John’s UMC in your prayers during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcement on July 31

The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Pastor Christopher Wurpts as the associate pastor of Paradise Valley United Methodist Church in Paradise Valley, Arizona, effective August 1, 2018 per paragraph 318.1 of the 2016 Book of Discipline. Pastor Wurpts is currently the Youth Ministries Director at Paradise Valley UMC. Please pray for Pastor Wurpts and Paradise Valley UMC during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcement on July 5

The Rev. Mark Conrad, Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Dr. Evelyn R. McDonald as part-time associate of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Tucson, AZ effective July 1, 2018 per paragraph 346.1 and 357.6 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. McDonald is currently a retired member of the New York Annual Conference. Please keep Rev. McDonald and the congregation in your prayers.

Appointment Announcement on June 11

The Rev. Mark Conrad, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Matthew Ashley as the pastor of Huachuca UMC in Huachuca City, AZ, effective July 1, 2018. Huachuca UMC will be part of a newly created two-point charge with Sierra Vista UMC. Rev. Ashley will work with a team of Lay Servants to help give leadership at Huachuca UMC. Rev. Ashley will continue to serve as the Pastor of Sierra Vista UMC. Please keep Huachuca UMC and Sierra Vista UMC in your prayers.

 

The Rev. Dan Morley, Ministry Strategist and Superintendent of the North District, intends to assign Nicholas Grainger to the two-point-charge of Holbrook UMC in Holbrook, Arizona and First UMC in Winslow, Arizona, as a part-time lay person effective July 1, 2018 per paragraph 205.4 of the 2016 Book of Discipline. It is anticipated that Mr. Grainger will receive his local pastors license this summer and upon receipt, will be appointed as a local pastor per paragraph 318.2 to the above two-point charge. Please keep Mr. Grainger, Holbrook UMC and First UMC in prayer

Appointment Announcement on June 7

The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Ruth Blum as the part-time pastor of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Phoenix, Arizona, effective July 1, 2018, per paragraph 357.6 and 331.1c of the 2016 Book of Discipline. Rev. Blum is currently serving in retirement. Please pray for Rev. Blum and Aldersgate UMC during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcement on June 6

The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Mel Munchinsky as the interim senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Mesa, Arizona, effective July 1, 2018, per paragraph 357.6 of the 2016 Book of Discipline. Rev. Munchinsky is currently serving in retirement. Please pray for Rev. Munchinsky and First UMC, Mesa during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcement on June 5

The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Pastor Andrew Devereaux as the associate pastor of Red Mountain United Methodist Church in Mesa, Arizona, effective August 1, 2018 per paragraph 318.1 of the 2016 Book of Discipline. Mr. Devereaux is currently on staff at Desert Spring UMC in Las Vegas, Nevada and will be receiving his Local Pastor license at Annual Conference in June 2018. Please pray for Mr. Devereaux and his family and Red Mountain UMC during this time of transition.

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