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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 2020-2021 effective 01-1-21

Appointment Announcement December 21, 2020

The Rev. Dan Morley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the North District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Jaycee Salangsang as the part time Campus Minister at University of Nevada Las Vegas in Las Vegas, NV per paragraphs 337.3 and 346.1 in the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline effective January 1, 2021. Rev. Salangsang will continue serving as part time pastor at Grace Fil-Am UMF in Las Vegas, NV.

Please pray for Rev. Salangsang, Grace Fil-Am UMF and the Campus Ministry at UNLV during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcement December 1, 2020

The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Ms. Sylvia Harris as interim student local pastor of Wesley United Methodist, in Phoenix, AZ less than full-time, serving December 1, 2020 until June 30, 2021 per ¶ 318.2, ¶318.3 & ¶ 338.3b of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.

 

The Rev. Dr. Sergio Pereira, pastor of Wesley UMC, will be taking personal leave.

Let us be in prayer for Rev. Pereira, Ms. Harris, their families, and Wesley UMC during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcement November 16, 2020

The Rev. Matthew Ashley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Peter Vaught as interim pastor of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Tucson, AZ, effective January 1, 2021 per paragraphs ¶ 338.3 and ¶ 357.6 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Vaught is a retired elder from the Desert Southwest Conference.

 

The Rev. Ken Archer will be re-entering retirement to spend more time with his family.

Let us be in prayer for Rev. Archer, Rev. Vaught, their families and St. Paul’s UMC during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcement November 12, 2020

The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata has appointed the Rev. Asa Holly as chaplain at Banner University Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ effective October 18, 2020 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 September 8, 2020

Arvizu, JoelThe Rev. Nancy Cushman, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the West District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata appointed Pastor Joel Arvizu as the part time local pastor of Nuevo Pacto United Methodist Fellowship in Phoenix, AZ, effective September 1, 2020 per paragraph 318.2 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.

Pastor Arvizu was serving as the Lay Person Assigned to Nuevo Pacto UMF.

 

The Rev. Nancy Cushman, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the West District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata appointed Pastor Ian Oliver as the part time local pastor of Calvary United Methodist Church in Phoenix, AZ, effective September 1, 2020 per paragraph 318.2 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.

Pastor Oliver was serving as the Lay Person Assigned to Calvary UMC.

We celebrate with Pastor Arvizu, Pastor Oliver, Nuevo Pacto UMF, and Calvary UMC on their licensing as local pastors.

Appointment Announcement August 31, 2020

The Rev. Daniel Morley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the North District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata appointed Pastor Sefo Jeffrey Fata Misionare as associate pastor of Journey United Methodist Church in Las Vegas, Nevada, less than full time, effective August 30, 2020 per ¶ 318.2 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.

Let us be in prayer for Pastor Misionare and Journey UMC.

Appointment Announcements August 10, 2020

The Rev. Matt Ashley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Kayla Johnson as pastor of San Pedro Valley United Methodist Church in Benson, AZ, less than full time, effective August 17, 2020 per ¶ 315.2 and ¶ 318.2 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.

 

 

The Rev. Matt Ashley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint  Michele Kelley as pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in Bisbee, AZ, less than full time, effective August 17, 2020 per ¶ 315.2 and ¶ 318.2 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Pastor Kelley also serves part time at First United Methodist Church, Bisbee, AZ and Grace United Methodist Church, Douglas, AZ.

 

 

Janis Barton, current pastor at San Pedro Valley UMC  in Benson, AZ and Trinity UMC in Bisbee, AZ has enrolled in a CPE program in the St. Louis, MO area.

 

Let us be in prayer for Pastor Johnson, Pastor Kelley, Pastor Barton, their families and the congregations of San Pedro Valley UMC  and Trinity UMC during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcements June 29, 2020

The Rev. Mark Conrad, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Pastor Kim Ogle as the Youth and Outreach Pastor of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Tucson, AZ, effective July 1, 2020 per ¶ 318.1 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.

Let us be in prayer for Pastor Ogle, her family and St. Mark’s UMC during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcements June 16, 2020

The Rev. Dan Morley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the North District, announced that he intends to assign Mr. Kepueli Kafovalu as lay person assigned to First Tongan UMF in Las Vegas, NV, less than full-time, effective July 1, 2020 per ¶ 205.4 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.

Let us be in prayer for Mr. Kafovalu, his family and First Tongan UMF during this time of transition.

 

The Rev. Dan Morley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the North District, announced that he intends to assign Mrs. Karla Tracy as lay person assigned to Global Community UMF in Las Vegas, NV, less than full-time, effective July 1, 2020 per ¶ 205.4 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.

Let us be in prayer for Mrs. Tracy, her family and Global Community UMF during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcements June 9, 2020

The Rev. Mark Conrad, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Pastor Anabel Quijada as pastor of Menlo Park United Methodist Church in Tucson, AZ, less than full time, effective July 1, 2020 per ¶ 315.2 and ¶ 318.2 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.

Let us be in prayer for Pastor Quijada, her family and Menlo Park 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 the Rev. Mark Lansberry as pastor of the United Methodist Church of Casa Grande in Casa Grande, AZ, less than full-time, effective July 1, 2020 per paragraph ¶ 357.6 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline .

Let us be in prayer for Rev. Lansberry, his family and the UMC of Casa Grande 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 the Rev. Paul Borneman as pastor of Central UMC in Phoenix, AZ, less than full-time, effective July 1, 2020 per paragraphs ¶ 346.1 and ¶ 357.6 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Borneman is a retired pastor from the Western Pennsylvania Conference.

Let us be in prayer for Rev. Borneman, his family and Central UMC during this time of transition.

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