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 3-21-19.

Appointment Announcements March 18

The Rev. Dan Morley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the North District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Susan Holden as the senior pastor of Journey United Methodist Church of Las Vegas, NV, effective July 1, 2019. Rev. Holden is currently serving at University UMC and UNLV Campus Ministry in Las Vegas.

 

Rev. Robyne Mayer, currently appointed to Journey United Methodist Church, will be returning to the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference, where Bishop John Schol intends to appoint her to St. Paul UMC in Bay Head, New Jersey.

Please pray for Rev. Holden, Rev Mayer, Journey UMC, University UMC, and St. Paul UMC during this time of transition.

 


 

The Rev. Daniel R. Morley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the North District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Terry Kim as the pastor of First Henderson United Methodist Church in Henderson, NV, effective May 1, 2019 per paragraph 318.1 in the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Pastor Kim is currently serving Journey United Methodist Fellowship in Maricopa, AZ.

 

Pastor Fred Heggestad, currently serving First Henderson United Methodist Church, has requested to discontinue serving as a local pastor following his years of faithful service to our church.

Please join First Henderson UMC and the Desert Southwest Conference in giving praise to his faithful years of service as we pray for Pastor Fred, Pastor Kim, Journey UMF and First Henderson UMC during this 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. Khalif Smith as the senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Mesa, AZ, effective July 1, 2019. Rev. Smith is currently serving at Trinity United Methodist Church in Las Vegas, NV. Please pray for Rev. Smith and his family, First UMC of Mesa, and Trinity UMC of Las Vegas 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 Rev. Ken Archer as senior pastor of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Tucson, AZ effective July 1, 2019 per paragraph 346.1 and 358.6 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Archer is currently a retired member of the Texas Annual Conference. Please keep Rev. Archer, his family and the congregation in your prayers.

Appointment Announcement March 12

The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata appointed the Rev. Asa Holly as staff chaplain at Banner Boswell Hospital in Sun City, AZ effective February 18, 2019 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 March 5

The Rev. Mark Conrad, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Tony Dawson to a cross-conference appointment as the pastor of York First United Methodist Church in York, Nebraska, in the Great Plains Conference, effective July 1, 2019. Per paragraph 346.1 of the United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Dawson is currently serving as the pastor of St. Paul’s UMC in Tucson, AZ. Please pray for Rev. Dawson, St. Paul’s UMC and York First UMC during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcement March 4

The Reverend Mark Conrad, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the South District, intends to assign Janis Barton to Trinity UMC, Bisbee AZ, and San Pedro Valley UMC, Benson AZ, as interim lay person assigned effective March 1, 2019, per paragraph 205.4 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Please pray for Janis, Trinity UMC, and San Pedro Valley UMC during this transition.

Appointment Announcement December 24

The Rev. Dan Morley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the North District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Dr. Jaycee Salangsang, as the pastor of Grace Fil-Am United Methodist Fellowship in Las Vegas, Nevada effective May 1, 2019, per paragraph 346.1 of the 2016 Book of Discipline. Rev. Salangsang is currently serving as District Superintendent of the West Pampanga District of the Pampanga Philippines Annual Conference in the Philippines.
 
Pastor Edward Granadosin has served Grace Fil-Am UMF since December 2013. On February 1, 2019, he begins a new appointment at East Alton UMC in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference.
 
Please pray for Rev. Salangsang, Pastor Granadosin, Grace Fil-Am UMF, and East Alton UMC during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcement December 20

Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata announces his appointment of Rev. Jimelvia Pettiford Martin as a supplemental chaplain with Mayo Clinic effective August 27, 2018 per paragraph 344.1.b of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Martin is currently serving as the half-time pastor of Calvary UMC in Phoenix, AZ and quarter-time pastor of Youngtown UMC in Youngtown, AZ.

Please keep Rev. Martin, her family, and the congregations of Calvary UMC and Youngtown UMC in your prayers.

Appointment Announcement November 29

 The Rev. Mark Conrad, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata has appointed Rev. Ken Bensen to the United Methodist Church of Green Valley in Green Valley AZ, as part-time Minister for Pastoral Care effective November 26, 2018, per paragraphs 346.1 and 357.6 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Bensen is a retired elder in the Michigan Annual Conference.

Please pray for Rev. Bensen and for United Methodist Church of Green Valley during this transition.

Appointment Announcement November 19

Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata announces his intention to appoint Rev. Ron Bartlow as full-time Executive Director of the Desert Southwest Conference Camping and Retreat Ministry effective January 1, 2019 per paragraph 344.1.a.1 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Bartlow is currently serving as the part-time co-pastor at Trinity Heights UMC in Flagstaff, AZ and part-time Director of Camping & Retreat Ministries.

Please keep Rev. Bartlow, his family, the congregation of Trinity Heights UMC and the Desert Southwest Conference in your prayers.

Appointment Announcement November 12

The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata appointed Rev. Dr. George Cushman as interim senior pastor of Dove of the Desert UMC in Glendale, AZ in the West District effective November 11, 2018 per paragraph 357.6 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Cushman is a retired member of the Desert Southwest Annual Conference.

Rev. Michael Kerr-Osman has served as the pastor of Dove of the Desert since 2016. Rev. Kerr-Osman is on medical leave of absence.

Please keep Rev. Kerr-Osman and his family and Rev. Cushman and the congregation in your prayers.

Appointment Announcement on November 5

The Rev. Daniel Morley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the North District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata has appointed Nicholas Grainger as licensed local pastor to the two-point charge of First United Methodist Church in Winslow, AZ, and Holbrook UMC in Holbrook, AZ effective November 1, 2018 per paragraph 318.2 of the 2016 Book of Discipline. Previously Pastor Grainger served both churches as a lay person assigned. We celebrate this milestone for Pastor Grainger.

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