“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 07-09-19

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.


Appointment Announcements June 10

The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Pastor Sarah Allen as the pastor of Payson United Methodist Church in Payson, Arizona, effective July 1, 2019 per paragraph 318.1 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Pastor Allen is a member of Page Community United Methodist Church in Page, Arizona.

Please pray for Pastor Allen and Payson UMC during this time of transition.


The Rev. Daniel Morley, Superintendent of the North District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Pastor Sandra Lee Johnson as part-time associate pastor of congregational care of St. Michael’s United Methodist Church in Lake Havasu City, AZ, effective July 1, 2019 per paragraph 318.2 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.

Please keep Pastor Johnson and St. Michael’s UMC in prayer during this time of transition.


The Rev. Daniel Morley, Superintendent of the North District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Deaconess Jane Murray as the Director of Mission, Social Justice, Spiritual Development, and also serving as Church Relations Coordinator Volunteer for Operation Christmas Child of St. Michael’s United Methodist Church in Lake Havasu City, AZ, effective July 1, 2019 per paragraph 1913 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.

Please keep Deaconess Jane Murray and St. Michael’s UMC in prayer 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 Rev. Dr. Sergio Pereira as the part-time pastor of Wesley United Methodist Church in Phoenix, Arizona, effective July 1, 2019 per paragraph 346.1 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Pereira is an ordained elder in the Indiana Annual Conference.

Rev. Dr. David Patterson, currently appointed to Wesley UMC, will enter into retired status effective July 1, 2019.

Please pray for Rev. Patterson and his family, Rev. Pereira, and Wesley UMC during this time of transition.


The Rev. Nancy Cushman, Superintendent of the West District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata appointed Rev. Stephanie Duncan Soon as part-time assistant minister of care at Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church in Sun City West, Arizona, effective June 3, 2019 per paragraph 346.1 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Soon is an ordained deacon in the Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference.

Please pray for Rev. Soon and Shepherd of the Hills 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 the Rev. Joshua Warner as a part time High Needs Case Manager at LaFrontera EMPACT-SPC in Glendale, AZ, effective July 1, 2019 per paragraph 331.3 in the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Warner will remain at his current part time appointment to Faith UMC.

Please keep Rev. Warner, LaFrontera and Faith UMC in your prayers during this transition.

Appointment Announcements June 3

The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Amy Kalm as the pastor of White Mountain United Methodist Church in Show Low, Arizona, effective August 1, 2019 per paragraph 318.2 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.

Please pray for Amy and White Mountain 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 Amanda Corella as the pastor of Prescott Valley United Methodist Church in Prescott Valley, Arizona, effective July 1, 2019 per paragraph 318.2 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Pastor Corella is currently serving as a student local pastor serving Tewksbury UMC in Tewksbury, Massachusetts while attending Boston University School of Theology.

Please pray for Pastor Corella and Prescott Valley UMC during this time of transition.


The Rev. Nancy Cushman, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the West District, intends to assign Janet Culbertson to Youngtown United Methodist Church in Youngtown AZ, as a part-time lay person, effective July 1, 2019 per paragraph 205.4 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.

Please pray for Janet and for Youngtown United Methodist Church during this transition.


The Reverend Mark Conrad, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the South District announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Pastor Janis Barton to Trinity UMC, Bisbee AZ, and San Pedro Valley UMC, Benson AZ, effective July 1, 2019, per paragraph 318.2 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Janis is currently serving at both churches as their interim pastor.

Please pray for Janis, Trinity UMC and San Pedro Valley UMC as they continue to minister to the communities.


The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the West District, intends to assign Adriana Hernandez to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Globe Arizona, as a lay person, effective July 1, 2019 per paragraph 205.4 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.

Please pray for Adriana and St. Paul’s United Methodist Church during this transition.

Appointment Announcements May 28

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 Kerr-Osman as the pastor of The Bridge UMC in Phoenix, Arizona, effective July 1, 2019. Rev. Kerr-Osman is currently serving at White Mountain UMC in Show Low, Arizona.

Please pray for Rev. Kerr-Osman, his family, The Bridge UMC, and White Mountain UMC during this time of transition.


photo of Pastor Clare SullivanThe Rev. Nancy Cushman, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the West District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Pastor Clare Sullivan as the part-time local pastor of Chino Valley United Methodist Church in Chino Valley, Arizona, effective July 1, 2019 per paragraph 318.2 of the 2016 Book of Discipline. Pastor Sullivan is currently serving at Dove of the Desert UMC in Glendale, Arizona.

Please pray for Pastor Sullivan, Dove of the Desert UMC, and Chino Valley UMC during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcement May 23

photo of Rev. Michael EatonThe Rev. Dan Morley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the North District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Michael Eaton to Boulder City United Methodist Church in Boulder City, Nevada, effective July 1, 2019. Rev. Eaton is currently serving a two-point-charge, St. Paul UMC in Globe, Arizona and the United Methodist Church of the Good Shepherd in Kearny, Arizona.

Please pray for Rev. Eaton, Boulder City UMC, St. Paul UMC and the UMC of the Good Shepherd during this time of transition.


The Rev. Dan Morley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the North District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Carl Peterson to St. Michael’s United Methodist Church in Lake Havasu, Arizona effective July 1, 2019. Rev. Peterson is currently serving Payson UMC in Payson, Arizona.

Please pray for Rev. Peterson, St. Michael’s UMC, and Payson UMC during this time of transition.


photo of Pastor Jimmy NelsonThe Rev. Mark Conrad, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Pastor James Nelson, Jr. as the part-time local pastor of United Methodist Church of the Good Shepherd in Kearny, AZ, effective July 1, 2019 per paragraph 318.2 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Pastor Nelson is currently serving at Mesquite UMC in Mesquite, Nevada.

Please pray for Pastor Nelson, Mesquite UMC and UM Church of the Good Shepherd  during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcement May 13

The Rev. Dan Morley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the North District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Pastor Oskar (Tony) Ontanyon to Community UMC in Caliente, NV, effective July 1, 2019 according to Paragraph 346.2 in the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Pastor Ontanyon is currently serving Community UMC in Bowie, AZ.

Please pray for Pastor Ontanyon, Community UMC in Caliente and Community UMC in Bowie during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcement May 8

The Rev. Mark Conrad, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Matthew Colby as the associate pastor of Catalina UMC in Tucson, AZ, effective July 1, 2019. Rev. Colby is currently serving at Desert Skies UMC in Tucson, AZ.

Please pray for Rev. Colby, Desert Skies UMC, and Catalina UMC during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcements May 7

The Rev. Dan Morley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the North District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Ki Yong Lee to A Grain of Mustard Seed (AGOMS) UMF in Las Vegas NV, effective July 1, 2019. Rev. Lee is currently serving at Arizona Korean UMF in Phoenix, AZ.

Please pray for Rev. Lee, AGOMS UMF and Arizona Korean UMF during this time of transition. 

Pastor Daniel Choi, who currently serves at A Grain of Mustard Seed (AGOMS) UMF will begin a student appointment at Glendale Heights UMC in Durham, NC while attending seminary at Duke Divinity School starting on July 1, 2019, per paragraph 318.3 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.

Please keep Pastor Choi and his family in prayer during this transition.


The Rev. Mark Conrad, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Sandy Lynn Johnson as the senior pastor of Santa Cruz Valley UMC in Sahuarita, AZ, effective July 1, 2019. Rev. Johnson is currently serving at Boulder City UMC in Boulder City, NV.

Please pray for Rev. Johnson, Boulder City UMC, and the Santa Cruz Valley UMC during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcements April 29

The Rev. Dan Morley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the North District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Pastor Wendy Swanson to Mesquite UMC in Mesquite, NV, effective July 1, 2019 per paragraph 318.1 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Pastor Swanson is currently serving at Prescott Valley UMC in Prescott, AZ.

Please pray for Pastor Swanson, Mesquite UMC and Prescott Valley 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 Jamie Booth as the part time associate pastor of First United Methodist Church in Tempe, AZ per paragraph 318.2 in the 2016 BOD and the part time Director of Wesley Foundation at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ per paragraph 344.1.a.1 in the 2016 BOD effective July 1, 2019. Pastor Booth is current serving as associate pastor at Catalina UMC in Tucson, AZ.

Please pray for Pastor Booth, Catalina UMC and the Wesley Foundation at ASU 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 Vicki Lerdahl as the part-time pastor of Haven United Methodist Church in Jerome, AZ, effective June 9, 2019 per paragraph 318.2 in the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Pastor Lerdahl is currently not appointed to a church and was most recently appointed to Youngtown UMC in Youngtown, AZ.

Please pray for Pastor Lerdahl and Haven UMC during this time of transition.

 


The Rev. Mark Conrad, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Efrain Zavala as the associate pastor of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Tucson, AZ, effective July 1, 2019, per paragraph 326.2 of the 2016 United Methodist Church Book of Discipline. Rev. Zavala is currently serving at Santa Cruz Valley United Methodist Church in Sahuarita, AZ.

Please pray for Rev. Zavala, Santa Cruz Valley UMC and the St. Paul’s UMC during this time of transition.

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