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 11-12-18 (Updated 11-12-18)

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.

Appointment Announcement on September 24

The Rev. Nancy Cushman, Superintendent of the West District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Lee Hirt as part time Associate Pastor of Outreach at Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church in Sun City West, AZ effective October 1, 2018 per paragraphs 346.1 and 357.6 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Lee is currently a retired elder in the California-Pacific Annual Conference. Please keep Rev. Lee, his family and the congregation in your prayers.

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.

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