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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 current appointment list, click this link: Appointments 2022-2023 effective 09-19-22

 

Appointment Process 

  • Value Priorities in Appointment Making: The philosophy of appointments in the Desert Southwest Conference as used by the Bishop, Cabinet, Clergy, and Local Church Leadership follows a strict value system that is based on the following diagram:
    1. Our first consideration is the Will of God, so we seek to discern what God wishes for every appointment. This means we are in deep prayer and discernment over every appointment.
    2. Our second level of priority is the Kin-dom of God through the surrounding mission field and neighborhood where the church is located. Clergy appointments are made to the mission field as much as to the local church, as John Wesley advocated for, and as practiced in early Methodism.
    3. Our third priority is the local church and the laity, as they are the heart and soul of every single appointment.
    4. Our fourth priority is the clergy themselves. As we practice servant leadership, we acknowledge that we are called to serve and not be served.
    5. The lowest priority is the Annual Conference, Bishop and Cabinet, as we exemplify what it means to serve.

  • Expectations: As mentioned earlier, the Cabinet will be in prayer to deeply discern the match between the mission field, the local church and the gifts and graces of the pastor asked to serve.
    1. There is an expectation that the Cabinet will share with a pastor the complete rationale of why we believe the pastor is being matched with a particular church.
    2. There is also an expectation of an open itinerancy, and if a clergy person cannot move because of significant family issues, we will enter into a “Covenant of Limited Itineration,” whereby full-time appointment may not be possible, as we discern what is available in any given local area.

We hope and pray that this way of appointment making will continue to be both liberating and helpful to our annual conference and God’s Kin-dom that we are pledged to serve.

Be the Hope,

Bishop Grant J. Hagiya
Phoenix Area Resident Bishop
The United Methodist Church

Appointment Announcements September 19, 2022

The Rev. Melissa Rynders, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Grant J. Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. Robert Payne as Pastor of Worship and Engagement at Desert Mission UMC, Scottsdale, AZ, effective September 19, 2022 per ¶ 346.2 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Payne is an ordained pastor in the Southern Baptist Convention.

Let us be in prayer for Rev. Robert Payne and Desert Mission UMC during this time.

Appointment Announcements August 29, 2022

The Rev. Javier Olivares, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the West District, announced that Bishop Grant J. Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. Misty Howick as pastor of New Song United Methodist Church in Surprise, AZ, less than full-time, effective September 1, 2022. Rev. Howick will continue to serve Spirit Song United Methodist Fellowship in Peoria, AZ, less than full-time.

Let us be in prayer for Rev. Howick, New Song UMC, and Spirit Song UMF during this time.

Appointment Announcements August 22, 2022

The Rev. Melissa Rynders, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Grant J. Hagiya has appointed the Rev. Brenda Smith as Chaplain of Common Spirit Hospitals in Chandler and Gilbert, AZ, effective August 15, 2022, per ¶331.4a of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Smith was previously appointed to the Clinical Pastoral Education Program at Banner University Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ.

Let us be in prayer for Rev. Smith and Common Spirit Hospitals at this time.

Appointment Announcements August 15, 2022

The Rev. Melissa Rynders, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District announces that Bishop Grant J. Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. Ron Friesen as Assistant Minister of Care, less than full-time, at Shepherd of the Hills UMC in Sun City West, AZ, effective August 16, 2022, per  ¶346.2 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Friesen is an ordained Mennonite Pastor.

Let us be in prayer for Rev. Friesen and Shepherd of the Hills UMC during this transition and for a fulfilling ministry together.

Appointment Announcements July 25, 2022

The Rev. Melissa Rynders, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Grant J Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. Cliff Asay as Minister of Digital Arts, less than full-time, at Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church in Sun City West, AZ, effective August 1, 2022, per ¶357.6 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Asay is a retired elder in the Desert Southwest Conference.

Let us be in prayer for Rev. Asay and Shepherd of the Hills UMC during this transition and for a fulfilling ministry together.

Appointment Announcements June 15, 2022

Vega, Rev. LaszloThe Rev. Matt Ashley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Grant J. Hagiya appointed the Rev. Laszlo Vega as Chaplain of Dependable Hospice in Tucson, AZ, effective June 8, 2022, per ¶331.4a of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.

Rev. Vega was previously appointed as Chaplain of Casa de la Luz Hospice in Tucson, AZ.

Let us be in prayer for Rev. Vega and Dependable Hospice at this time.

Appointment Announcements June 6, 2022

The Rev. Matt Ashley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Grant J Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. Meredith Joubert as Director of Family & Community Engagement to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Tucson, AZ, per ¶326.2 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.

Let us be in prayer for Rev. Joubert and St. Paul’s UMC during this time.

Appointment Announcements June 1, 2022

The Rev. Dan Morley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the North District, announced he intends to assign Sioeli Toa “Joe” Savou as lay person assigned, less than full-time, to the Tongan Ministry at Trinity United Methodist Church, Las Vegas, NV, effective July 1, 2022, per ¶ 205.4 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.

Let us be in prayer for Sioeli Toa “Joe” Savou and Trinity UMC during this time.

 

 

The Rev. Dan Morley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the North District, announced he intends to assign Monalisa Taufa as lay person assigned, less than full-time, to First Tongan United Methodist Fellowship, Las Vegas, NV, effective July 1, 2022, per ¶ 205.4 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.

Let us be in prayer for Monalisa Taufa and First Tongan UMF during this time.

 

 

The Rev. Javier Olivares, Missional Strategist and District Superintendent of the West District, announced that Bishop Grant J. Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. Lyndon Mason as interim pastor of New Song United Methodist Church, Surprise, AZ, effective July 1, 2022, per ¶ 357.6 and ¶ 338.3.b of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Mason has served at New Song UMC since 2010 and in the coming appointment year will continue in his new retired status.

Let us be in prayer for Rev. Mason and New Song UMC during this time.

 

 

The Rev. Javier Olivares, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the West District, announced he intends to assign Roy Trevolt as lay person assigned, less than full-time, to Faith United Methodist Church, Phoenix, AZ, effective July 1, 2022, per ¶ 205.4 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.

Let us be in prayer for Roy Trevolt and Faith UMC during this time.

 

 

The Rev. Matt Ashley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Grant Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. Loye Ashton to serve as Minister of Communications and Discipleship, less than full time, at Desert Skies United Methodist Church, Tucson, AZ, effective July 1, 2022, per ¶ 331.1.c,  ¶ 331.7 and ¶ 346.1  of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Ashton is a Deacon in the Mississippi Conference.

Let us be in prayer for Rev. Ashton and Desert Skies UMC during this time.

 

 

The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Grant J. Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. Jamie Booth to serve as pastor at Scottsdale United Methodist Church, Scottsdale, AZ, effective July 1, 2022. Rev. Booth is currently serving part-time at First UMC in Tempe, AZ and part-time as Director of ASU Wesley Foundation.

Let us be in prayer for Rev. Booth, Scottsdale UMC, First UMC Tempe, and the ASU Wesley Foundation during this time.

 

 

The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Grant J. Hagiya intends to appoint Deontez Wimbley to serve as pastor at Crossroads United Methodist Church, Phoenix, AZ, effective July 1, 2022, per ¶ 318.1 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.  Mr. Wimbley will be licensed for ministry July 1, 2022.

 

 

The Rev. Kimberly Scott will be taking medical leave, per ¶ 356 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline, effective July 1, 2022.

Let us be in prayer for Deontez Wimbley, Rev. Scott, and Crossroads UMC during this time.

Appointment Announcements May 25, 2022

The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Grant J. Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. Flor Granillo to serve as the Missional Consultant at Central UMC, Phoenix, AZ, effective July 1, 2022, per ¶346.1 & 326.2 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Granillo currently serves as Associate Pastor of First UMC in Sherman, TX in the North Texas Conference.

Let us be in prayer for Rev. Granillo, First UMC in Sherman TX, and Central UMC during this time.

 

 

The Rev. Javier Olivares, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the West District, announced that Bishop Grant J. Hagiya intends to appoint Pastor Manuel Jimenez as pastor of Fort Yuma UMC in Winterhaven, CA, less than full-time, effective July 1, 2022, per ¶318.2 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Pastor Jimenez currently serves at Brentwood UMC in Denver, CO in the Mountain Sky Conference.

 

Pastor Bob Klein has been serving as the pastor since July 1, 2010 and will continue to serve as the pastor of Trinity UMC in Yuma, AZ.

Let us be in prayer for Pastor Jimenez, Pastor Klein, and Fort Yuma UMC during this time.

 

 

 

The Rev. Javier Olivares, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the West District, announced that Bishop Grant J. Hagiya intends to appoint Rev. Kathleen Puntar as pastor of First UMC in Sun City, AZ, effective July 1, 2022, per ¶346.1 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Puntar is an elder in the California Pacific Conference.

 

 

Lyon, Rev. LouieRev. S. Lewis Lyon has been serving as the interim pastor since January 1, 2022 and will return to inactive status as retired clergy.

Let us be in prayer for Rev. Puntar, Rev. Lyon, and First UMC during this time.

 

 

 

The Rev. Javier Olivares, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the West District, announced that Bishop Grant J. Hagiya intends to appoint Ms. Christine Jones as serve at Spirit of Hope UMC in Peoria, AZ, less than full-time, effective July 1, 2022, per ¶318.2 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Ms. Jones is currently attending Licensing School to become a Licensed Local Pastor.

 

Pastor Deborah Schauer has been serving as the pastor since July 1, 2018 and will enter in retirement on June 30, 2022.

Let us be in prayer for Ms. Jones, Pastor Schauer, and Spirit of Hope UMC during this time.

 

 

 

The Rev. Dan Morley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the North District, announced he intends to assign Ash Dotson as lay person assigned, less than full-time, to Page Community United Methodist Church, Page, AZ, effective July 1, 2022, per ¶ 205.4 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.

Let us be in prayer for Ash Dotson and Page Community UMC during this time.

Appointment Announcements May 16, 2022

The Rev. Javier Olivares, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the West District, announced that Bishop Grant J. Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. David Rennick to serve as Executive Pastor of First United Methodist Church, Phoenix, AZ, effective July 1, 2022. Rev. Rennick is currently serving at North Scottsdale UMC in Scottsdale, AZ.

 

 

Rev. Rennick will serve closely with Senior Pastor, Rev. Denny Silk, as a clergy team to fulfill the mission and ministry plan of the church and prepare for the future.

Let us be in prayer for Rev. Rennick, Rev. Silk, First UMC, and North Scottsdale UMC during this time.

 

 

The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Grant J. Hagiya intends to appoint the Pastor Christopher Wurpts as pastor of North Scottsdale United Methodist Church, Scottsdale, AZ, effective July 1, 2022 per ¶ 326.2 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Pastor Wurpts is currently serving as the associate pastor at Paradise Valley UMC in Paradise Valley, AZ.

Let us be in prayer for Pastor Wurpts, North Scottsdale UMC, and Paradise Valley UMC during this time.

 

 

The Rev. Susan Brims, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Grant J. Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. Ann Lyter as senior pastor of Velda Rose UMC, Mesa, AZ, effective July 1, 2022. Rev. Lyter currently serves as pastor at Scottsdale UMC in Scottsdale, AZ.

 

 

The Rev. Dr. Larry R. Norris, current senior pastor, will return to inactive status, effective July 1, 2022

Let us be in prayer for Rev. Lyter, Rev. Norris, Velda Rose UMC, and Scottsdale UMC during this time.

 

 

 

The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced she intends to assign Gary Gene Simons as lay person assigned, less than full-time, to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Globe, AZ, effective July 1, 2022, per ¶ 205.4 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.

Let us be in prayer for Gary Simons and St. Paul’s UMC during this time.

 

 

 

The Rev. Dan Morley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the North District, announced that Bishop Grant J. Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. Sarah Moon as pastor of Hope UMC in Bullhead City, AZ, effective July 1, 2022, per ¶ 346.1 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Moon is an elder in the West Ohio Conference.

 

 

Lee, Pastor RobinPastor Robin Lee has been serving as the pastor since July 1, 2016, and will be taking a leave of absence.

Let us be in prayer for Rev. Moon, Pastor Lee, and Hope UMC during this time.