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 02-01-19 (Updated 02-01-19)

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.

Appointment Announcement on June 11

The Rev. Mark Conrad, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Matthew Ashley as the pastor of Huachuca UMC in Huachuca City, AZ, effective July 1, 2018. Huachuca UMC will be part of a newly created two-point charge with Sierra Vista UMC. Rev. Ashley will work with a team of Lay Servants to help give leadership at Huachuca UMC. Rev. Ashley will continue to serve as the Pastor of Sierra Vista UMC. Please keep Huachuca UMC and Sierra Vista UMC in your prayers.

 

The Rev. Dan Morley, Ministry Strategist and Superintendent of the North District, intends to assign Nicholas Grainger to the two-point-charge of Holbrook UMC in Holbrook, Arizona and First UMC in Winslow, Arizona, as a part-time lay person effective July 1, 2018 per paragraph 205.4 of the 2016 Book of Discipline. It is anticipated that Mr. Grainger will receive his local pastors license this summer and upon receipt, will be appointed as a local pastor per paragraph 318.2 to the above two-point charge. Please keep Mr. Grainger, Holbrook UMC and First UMC in prayer

Appointment Announcement on June 7

The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Ruth Blum as the part-time pastor of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Phoenix, Arizona, effective July 1, 2018, per paragraph 357.6 and 331.1c of the 2016 Book of Discipline. Rev. Blum is currently serving in retirement. Please pray for Rev. Blum and Aldersgate UMC during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcement on June 6

The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Mel Munchinsky as the interim senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Mesa, Arizona, effective July 1, 2018, per paragraph 357.6 of the 2016 Book of Discipline. Rev. Munchinsky is currently serving in retirement. Please pray for Rev. Munchinsky and First UMC, Mesa during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcement on June 5

The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Pastor Andrew Devereaux as the associate pastor of Red Mountain United Methodist Church in Mesa, Arizona, effective August 1, 2018 per paragraph 318.1 of the 2016 Book of Discipline. Mr. Devereaux is currently on staff at Desert Spring UMC in Las Vegas, Nevada and will be receiving his Local Pastor license at Annual Conference in June 2018. Please pray for Mr. Devereaux and his family and Red Mountain UMC during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcement on May 31

The Rev. Daniel Morley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent for the North District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Pastor Linda Larsen as the pastor to Page Community UMC in Page, Arizona effective July 1, 2018 per paragraph 318.1 of the 2016 Book of Discipline. Pastor Larsen is currently serving Huachuca UMC in Huachuca City, Arizona;  San Pedro Valley UMC in Benson, Arizona; and Trinity UMC in Bisbee, Arizona. Please pray for Pastor Larsen and Page Community UMC, Huachuca UMC, San Pedro Valley UMC, and Trinity UMC during this transition.

Appointment Announcement on May 30

The Rev. Mark Conrad, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. James Perdue as the senior pastor of San Pedro Valley United Methodist Church, Benson Arizona, and Trinity United Methodist Church, Bisbee Arizona, effective July 1, 2018 per paragraph 346.1 of the 2016 Book of Discipline. This appointment is a two point charge. Rev. Perdue is currently serving at the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church. Please pray for Rev. Perdue, San Pedro Valley UMC, Benson AZ, and Trinity UMC, Bisbee AZ, 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 Local Pastor James Nelson as the associate pastor of Mesquite UMC in Mesquite, Nevada, effective July 1, 2018 per paragraph 318.2 of the 2016 Book of Discipline. Pastor Nelson is currently serving Holbrook UMC in Holbrook, Arizona and First UMC in Winslow, Arizona as a two-point-charge. Please keep Pastor Nelson, Mesquite UMC, Holbrook UMC and First UMC Winslow in prayer during this transition.

Appointment Announcement on May 29

The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Ms. Diamond Pate as the associate pastor of First United Methodist Church in Gilbert, Arizona, effective July 1, 2018, per paragraph 318.1 of the 2016 Book of Discipline. Ms. Pate is a graduate of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and will be receiving her Local Pastor license at Annual Conference in June 2018. Please pray for Ms. Pate and First UMC, Gilbert during this time of transition.

 

The Rev. Neil Leftwich, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the West District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Michael Patzloff as the pastor of Faith United Methodist Church in Phoenix, Arizona, effective July 1, 2018. Rev. Patzloff is currently on Family Leave. Please pray for Rev. Patzloff, his family, and Faith 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. David Wasson as the part time associate pastor of North Scottsdale United Methodist Church in Scottsdale, Arizona, effective July 1, 2018, per paragraph 346.2 of the 2016 Book of Discipline. Rev. Wasson will continue to serve The Orontes Project in Scottsdale, Arizona part time. Please pray for Rev. Wasson and his family, The Orontes Project, and North Scottsdale 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 Pastor Daniel Gomez as the associate pastor of Velda Rose United Methodist Church in Mesa, Arizona, effective July 1, 2018 per paragraph 318.1 of the 2016 Book of Discipline. Pastor Gomez is currently serving at Red Mountain UMC. Please pray for Pastor Gomez and his family, Red Mountain UMC, and Velda Rose UMC during this time of transition.

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