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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 10-18-20

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.

Appointment Announcements June 1, 2020

Dear Members and Friends of the Desert Southwest Conference,

On February 24, 2020, I shared the news of my intention to appoint Rev. Beth Rambikur to become the pastor of Christ Church United Methodist in Tucson, AZ. Since that announcement was made, I have prayerfully been discerning how to best fill the vacancy in the office of the Director of Connectional Ministries (DCM) created by this appointment change. After considerable thought, prayer, and consultation, I have decided not to appoint one person to the position and leave the position unfilled for this time.

The current proposal for the 2021 budget does include funding for the DCM position at a level equal to the funding in the current (2020) budget. However, with the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving the position unfilled will offer temporary relief from the financial stress many of our churches are experiencing and the decrease in apportionment giving.

The challenge, of course, is to make sure the important work of the DCM continues in the interim. To this end, some important shifts are already taking place to accommodate the vacancy. I want to share some information about these shifts with the assurance that the crucial ministry of support, connection and development of our ministries will continue. We will accomplish this by creating an Interim Team of persons already on staff to cover the many responsibilities of the DCM.

The DCM provides essential support and connection for the various ministry committees, task groups, and teams of the Conference. This responsibility will now be assumed by the District Superintendents: Dan Morley, Susan Brims, Nancy Cushman, and Matt Ashley; the Conference Lay Leader: Laurie Lineberry; the Director of New and Vital Faith: Dave McPherson; and the Director of Outreach: Billie Fidlin. The many tasks of the DCM have been reviewed and have been divided among these persons and this shift places additional responsibilities on them.

Be assured that this change was discussed with these persons and all have willingly accepted the new responsibilities. With their willing support, I believe we will be able to continue the important work of connectional ministries until a new DCM can be discerned for appointment or hire.

The Conference Director of Outreach will continue providing support and guidance for the many arms of outreach for the Conference.

Persons who have been supervised by the DCM will now be supervised by me. Those persons include the Director of Communications, the Director of Outreach and support staff.

I am asking you to hold all of this in prayer. Please keep praying for Rev. Beth Rambikur as she assumes her new appointment at Christ Church United Methodist. Please hold all who are being given new responsibilities for this interim time. Please hold your excellent team of support staff: Lori Davalos, Carla Whitmire and Cynthia Holly in prayer as well. I am confident that with your prayers and support and with God’s help this Interim Team will serve us well!

Blessings,
Bishop Bob

 

The Rev. Dan R. Morley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the North District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Cheryl Mothershed as pastor of  Holbrook UMC in Holbrook, AZ, less than full-time, effective July 1, 2020 per ¶ 346.2 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.  Rev. Mothershed is a retired pastor from the Lutheran Congregations in Ministry for Christ.

 

 

Pastor Nicholas Grainger currently appointed to First UMC of Winslow is preparing to attend Candler School of Theology at Emory Uni versity in Atlanta, GA.  Bishop Hoshibata also affirms that Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson of the North Georgia Episcopal Area intends to appoint Pastor Grainger to Haralson UMC, in Haralson, GA effective July 1, 2020, as a student local pastor per ¶ 318.3 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.

Let us be in prayer for Rev. Mothershed, Pastor Grainger, Holbrook UMC and Haralson UMC in GA during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcements May 26, 2020

The Rev. Nancy Cushman, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the West District, announced that she intends to assign Ian Oliver as lay person assigned to Calvary UMC in Phoenix, AZ, 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. Oliver, his family and Calvary UMC during this time of transition.

 

The Rev. Dan R. Morley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the North District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Dulce Vargas as pastor of Parker United Methodist Church in Parker, AZ, less than full-time, effective July 1, 2020 per paragraph ¶ 346.1 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Vargas currently serves at Menlo Park UMC, in Tucson, AZ.

Let us be in prayer for Rev. Vargas, her family and Parker UMC and Menlo Park UMC during this time of transition.

 

The Rev. Dan R. Morley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the North District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. R. Lee Weber as interim pastor of St. Michael’s United Methodist Church in Lake Havasu City, AZ, effective July 1, 2020 per paragraphs ¶ 338.3, ¶ 346.1 and ¶ 357.6 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Weber is a retired elder from the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference.

Let us be in prayer for Rev. Weber, his family and St. Michael’s UMC during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcements May 18, 2020

The Rev. Dan R. Morley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the North District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Mike Higgs as pastor of  Journey UMC in Las Vegas, NV, less than full-time, effective July 1, 2020 per ¶ 357.6 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Higgs is a retired elder in the Desert Southwest Conference.

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

Appointment Announcements May 5, 2020

The Rev. Mark Conrad, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Susan Holden as associate pastor of Desert Skies United Methodist Church – Vail Campus, Tucson AZ, effective July 1, 2020. Rev. Holden currently serves as pastor of Journey UMC in Las Vegas, NV.

Let us be in prayer for Rev. Holden, her family, Desert Skies UMC – Vail Campus and Journey UMC during this time of transition.

 

 

The Rev. Nancy Cushman, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the West District, announced that she intends to assign Gina Pollard as lay person assigned to City Square UMF and Primera Iglesia Metodista Unida in Phoenix, AZ 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 Ms. Pollard, City Square UMF and Primera Iglesia during this time of transition.

 

 

Fernandes, Rev. Maria AntonietaThe Rev. Nancy Cushman, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the West District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Maria Antonieta Fernandes to Christ Community UMC in Avondale, AZ effective July 1, 2020.  Rev. Fernandes currently serves as pastor of Global Community UMF in Las Vegas, NV.

 

 

 

On April 19, 2020, the Rev. Court Fischer announced on Facebook the difficult decision to move to Kansas City, MO where his wife was offered a wonderful career opportunity. He is awaiting news of an appointment in the Missouri Conference.

Let us be in prayer for Rev. Fernandes, Rev. Fischer, their families, Christ Community UMC and Global Community UMF during this time of transition.

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