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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 2021-2022 effective 11-16-21

Bishop’s Briefing Clear Opening of Churches

by Bishop Grant J. Hagiya

As we prepare for the appointment year in 2022, the Cabinet has agreed upon a practice that I have been using for almost my entire episcopal career:  the posting of clear openings of churches so that clergy can put their names forward if they are interested in a church listed.

This is how it works:  When there is a clear appointment opening at a local church due to retirement or transitionary move for a variety of reasons, we will post the church and a brief description of that setting. Clergy are free to discern if there is a call to this local setting, and can confidentially put their name forward to be considered by the Cabinet. There is absolutely no guarantee that a clergy will receive that specific appointment, but as the Cabinet makes a list of candidates, all clergy who put their names forward will be prayed over and considered. Clergy who wish to put their name forward will contact their District Superintendent of record, and then the DS who oversees the appointment where they would like to be considered. Clergy have the option of confidentially sharing this inquiry with their current Staff-Parish Relations Committee or Chairperson, but this is not required. We will only post the clear opening churches once as we start the appointment process, and as we make appointments, additional churches will not be listed. The reason for this is it becomes too complicated to track and post openings in the middle of the appointment process.

We want to emphasize that this is not moving to a “Call System” as in other denominations, as the Cabinet has the sole responsibility to make appointments based on the best possible match between clergy and local church. It does open up a transparency about the appointive process, and we hope that it allows clergy to feel a part of the appointment process.

My own philosophy of making appointments is that we try to follow a strict value system that is based on the following diagram:

As a Cabinet, our first consideration is the Will of God, and we try to discern what God wishes for every appointment. This means we are in deep prayer and discernment over every appointment, as we attempt to seek God’s will. Our second level of priority is the Kin-dom of God through the surrounding mission field and neighborhood where the church is located. We would like to make appointments to the mission field and not just to the local church, as John Wesley advocated for, and Asbury and Coke practiced in early Methodism. Our third priority is the local church and laity, as they are the heart and soul of each single appointment. Our fourth priority is the clergy themselves, as we practice servant leadership, we are there to serve and not be served. The lowest priority for us is the annual conference, Bishop and Cabinet, as we should exemplify what it means to serve.

Our UMC appointment system isn’t perfect by any means, but we seek to follow these tenants as faithfully as we can, and there is a constant call to match our clergy’s gifts and graces with those of each local church so that the best possible spiritual match can be made.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call your own District Superintendent, or reach out to me if I can be helpful. We pray that you will be open to this new way of doing appointments and that it will be healthy and life-giving.

Be the Hope,
Bishop Grant

Appointment Announcement November 1, 2021

The Rev. Daniel Morley, Superintendent of the North District, announced that Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint Deaconess Jane Murray to serve the Congregational Care Ministry of St. Michael’s United Methodist Church in Lake Havasu City, AZ, less than full time, effective November 1, 2021 per paragraph 1913 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Deaconess Murray will also continue in her position with Operation Christmas Child.

Let us be in prayer for Deaconess Murray and St. Michael’s United Methodist Church

Appointment Announcement October 15, 2021

Lyon, Rev. LouieThe Rev. Javier Olivares, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the West District, announced that Bishop Grant J. Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. S. Lewis Lyon as interim pastor of First United Methodist Church, Sun City, AZ, effective January 1, 2022 through June 30, 2022, per ¶ 357.6 and ¶ 338.3 b of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Lyon currently serves as pastor of visitation of Dove of the Desert UMC in Glendale, AZ.

 

 

Rev. Tom ButcherThe Rev. Tom Butcher currently appointed to First UMC, Sun City, AZ intends to return to retirement status effective December 30, 2021.

Let us be in prayer for Rev. Lyon, Rev. Butcher, their families, First UMC, and Dove of the Desert UMC during this time.

Appointment Announcement October 6, 2021

The Rev. Dan R. Morley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the North District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata has appointed the Rev. R. Lee Weber as associate pastor of Desert Spring United Methodist Church in Las Vegas, NV, less than full time, effective September 15, 2021 per paragraphs ¶ 346.1 and ¶ 357.6 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Weber is a retired elder and member of the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference.

Let us be in prayer for Rev. Weber and Desert Spring United Methodist Church.

Appointment Announcement September 21, 2021

The Rev. Javier Olivares, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the West District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata appointed the Rev. Lois Hedden as associate pastor of visitation to Willowbrook UMC, Sun City, AZ, less than full time, effective July 1, 2021, per ¶ 357.6 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Hedden is a retired elder in the Desert Southwest Annual Conference.

Let us be in prayer for Rev. Hedden and Willowbrook UMC during this time.

North District Lay Leaders

by Rev. Dan Morley, North District Superintendent

We do ministry as team, as cohorts, as co-servants. Our annual church/charge conferences are a testament to this way and method of ministry. In our local church conferences, we meet as a covenantal team aligned toward a vision, ministry, and call.

It is Jesus who teaches us this way as he called a team of twelve to engage in ministry to transform lives; to transform the world. Christ continues to call us.

Our North District team includes two gifted co-lay leaders

  • Kari Cozine Butchko, member of Advent UMC in Las Vegas, NV
  • Dave Kopecky, member of St. John’s UMC in Kingman, AZ

Two strong servants of Christ who, through the years, have given faithful leadership in their churches. Both are also well respected and effective educators in the school districts of their communities.

The United Methodist Church Book of Discipline informs us that the District Lay Leader shall have responsibility for fostering awareness of the role of the laity both within congregations and through their ministries in the home, workplace, community, and world in achieving the mission for the Church, and supporting and enabling lay participation in the planning and decision‐making process of the district and the local churches in cooperation with the district superintendent and pastors.

We give a spirited welcome to our two North District Lay Leaders.

Appointment Announcements June 8, 2021

The Rev. Matt Ashley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Sherry Brady as pastor of Duncan UMC, Duncan AZ, less than full time, effective July 1, 2021, per ¶331.1.c of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Brady currently serves as Congregational Care Coordinator of First United Methodist Church in Safford, AZ.

 

 

Pastor Maribel Mojica-Calvo, pastor of Duncan UMC, stepped down from her appointment due to her husband’s job transfer.

Let us be in prayer for Rev. Brady, Pastor Calvo, their families, Duncan UMC and First UMC of Safford, AZ during this time of transition.

 

 

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The Rev. Nancy Cushman, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the West District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata appointed the Rev. Joshua Warner as Program Coordinator and Evaluator of Mobile Health at Valle del Sol in Phoenix, AZ, effective May 24, 2021, per ¶ 331.3c in the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.

Please keep Rev. Warner, his family and Valle del Sol in your prayers during this transition.

 

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The Rev. Dan Morley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the North District, announced a partnership of a lay person assigned and a clergyperson appointment to First United Methodist Church in Winslow, AZ effective July 1, 2021.

Superintendent Morley intends to assign Mrs. Erna Snukis as lay person assigned to First UMC, Winslow, AZ, less than full-time, per ¶ 205.4 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Mrs. Snukis is currently a Certified Lay Minister at Mohave Valley UMC, Fort Mohave, AZ.

 

 

 

Mothershed, Rev. Cheryl Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Cheryl Mothershed to First UMC, Winslow, AZ and Holbrook UMC, Holbrook, AZ, less than full time, per ¶ 346.2 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Mothershed will remain appointed to Holbrook UMC in Holbrook, AZ, less than full time..

Let us be in prayer for Mrs. Snukis, Rev. Mothershed, First UMC, Holbrook UMC, and Mohave Valley UMC during this time of transition.

 

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The Rev. Dan Morley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the North District intends to assign Mr. Patrick McAvoy as layperson assigned to Page Community UMC, Page, AZ, less than full-time, per ¶ 205.4 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline, effective August 22, 2021. Mr. McAvoy currently serves as a Certified Lay Minister at Boulder City UMC, Boulder City, NV.

Let us be in prayer for Mr. McAvoy, Page Community UMC, and Boulder City UMC during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcements June 2, 2021

The Rev. Matt Ashley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Peter Vaught as pastor of UMC of the Good Shepherd, Kearny AZ, less than full time, effective July 1, 2021, per ¶357.6 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Vaught currently serves as Interim Pastor of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Tucson, AZ.

 

Let us be in prayer for Rev. Vaught, his family, UMC of the Good Shepherd and St. Paul’s UMC during this time of transition.

 

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The Rev. Nancy Cushman, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the West District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Pastor Bob Lind as pastor of Ajo Federated Church, Ajo, AZ, less than full-time, effective July 1, 2021, per ¶ 320.5 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. He will be leading a new model for pastoral leadership. Pastor Lind is currently appointed to Community Church of Buckeye, AZ.

 

 

Pastor Jeannie Morago, currently appointed to Ajo Federated Church, intends to discontinue as a local pastor and enter her personal time of retirement, effective July 1, 2021.

 

Let us be in prayer for Pastor Lind, Pastor Morago, their families, Community Church of Buckeye and Ajo Federated Church in this time of transition.

Appointment Announcements May 25, 2021

The Rev. Dan Morley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the North District, announced a partnership of a layperson assigned and a clergyperson appointment to Pahrump Valley United Methodist Church in Pahrump, NV effective July 1, 2021.

Superintendent Morley intends to assign Mrs. Phyllis Murray as layperson assigned to Pahrump Valley UMC, less than full-time, per ¶ 205.4 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Mrs. Murray currently serves as the North District Lay Leader.

 

 

 

Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Judy Stallons as interim pastor to Pahrump Valley UMC, less than full time, per ¶ 338.3, ¶ 346.1 and ¶ 357.6 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Stallons is a retired elder from the Kentucky Conference.

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of Ron Dennis

Pastor Lana Fong, currently appointed to Pahrump Valley UMC, intends to discontinue as a local pastor and enter her personal time of retirement, effective July 1, 2021.

Let us be in prayer for Mrs. Murray, Rev. Stallons, Pastor Fong, and Pahrump Valley UMC during this time of transition.

 

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The Rev. Nancy Cushman, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the West District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Donna Hughes as pastor of Sunrise UMC, Phoenix, AZ, less than full time, effective July 1, 2021, per ¶ 346.1 and ¶ 357.6 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Hughes is a retired elder from the Iowa Annual Conference.

Let us be in prayer for Rev. Hughes and Sunrise UMC during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcements May 17, 2021

The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Lauren Coffman as Minister of Engagement at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church in Paradise Valley, AZ, effective July 1, 2021 per ¶318.1 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Ms. Coffman currently works as the Lay Minister of Engagement at Paradise Valley UMC.

Let us be in prayer for Ms. Coffman, her family, and Paradise Valley UMC as the church establishes this new pastoral position.

 

 

The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Pastor Iain Glithero as Pastor of Desert Chapel United Methodist Church in Apache Junction, AZ, less than full-time, effective July 1, 2021 per ¶320.5 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.

Let us be in prayer for Pastor Glithero, his family, and Desert Chapel UMC during this time of transition.

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