“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 2019-2020 10-10-19

Appointment Announcements May 7

The Rev. Dan Morley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the North District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Ki Yong Lee to A Grain of Mustard Seed (AGOMS) UMF in Las Vegas NV, effective July 1, 2019. Rev. Lee is currently serving at Arizona Korean UMF in Phoenix, AZ.

Please pray for Rev. Lee, AGOMS UMF and Arizona Korean UMF during this time of transition. 

Pastor Daniel Choi, who currently serves at A Grain of Mustard Seed (AGOMS) UMF will begin a student appointment at Glendale Heights UMC in Durham, NC while attending seminary at Duke Divinity School starting on July 1, 2019, per paragraph 318.3 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.

Please keep Pastor Choi and his family in prayer during this transition.


The Rev. Mark Conrad, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Sandy Lynn Johnson as the senior pastor of Santa Cruz Valley UMC in Sahuarita, AZ, effective July 1, 2019. Rev. Johnson is currently serving at Boulder City UMC in Boulder City, NV.

Please pray for Rev. Johnson, Boulder City UMC, and the Santa Cruz Valley UMC during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcements April 29

The Rev. Dan Morley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the North District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Pastor Wendy Swanson to Mesquite UMC in Mesquite, NV, effective July 1, 2019 per paragraph 318.1 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Pastor Swanson is currently serving at Prescott Valley UMC in Prescott, AZ.

Please pray for Pastor Swanson, Mesquite UMC and Prescott Valley 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 Jamie Booth as the part time associate pastor of First United Methodist Church in Tempe, AZ per paragraph 318.2 in the 2016 BOD and the part time Director of Wesley Foundation at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ per paragraph 344.1.a.1 in the 2016 BOD effective July 1, 2019. Pastor Booth is current serving as associate pastor at Catalina UMC in Tucson, AZ.

Please pray for Pastor Booth, Catalina UMC and the Wesley Foundation at ASU during this time of transition.

 


 

The Rev. Nancy Cushman, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the West District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Pastor Vicki Lerdahl as the part-time pastor of Haven United Methodist Church in Jerome, AZ, effective June 9, 2019 per paragraph 318.2 in the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Pastor Lerdahl is currently not appointed to a church and was most recently appointed to Youngtown UMC in Youngtown, AZ.

Please pray for Pastor Lerdahl and Haven UMC during this time of transition.

 


The Rev. Mark Conrad, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Efrain Zavala as the associate pastor of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Tucson, AZ, effective July 1, 2019, per paragraph 326.2 of the 2016 United Methodist Church Book of Discipline. Rev. Zavala is currently serving at Santa Cruz Valley United Methodist Church in Sahuarita, AZ.

Please pray for Rev. Zavala, Santa Cruz Valley UMC and the St. Paul’s UMC during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcements April 15

The Rev. Nancy Cushman, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the West District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. David Harriss as the pastor of Gila Mountain United Methodist Church in Yuma, AZ, effective July 1, 2019. Rev. Harriss is currently serving at St. Michael’s United Methodist Church in Lake Havasu City, AZ.

Please pray for Rev. Harriss, Gila Mountain UMC, and St. Michael’s UMC during this time of transition.

 


 

Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata has received word that it is projected Bishop Sharma Lewis, of the Richmond Episcopal Area, will appoint the Rev. Camille Pentsil as the pastor at Crossroads United Methodist Church in Portsmouth, Virginia, effective July 1, 2019, per paragraph 346.1 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Pentsil is currently serving as the pastor of First UMC in Tempe, AZ. 

 

The Rev. N. Susan Brims, missional strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Dr. Kelly Bender as the interim senior pastor of First UMC in Tempe, AZ, effective July 1, 2019, per paragraphs 338.3 and 357.6 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.  Rev. Bender currently serves in retirement as the chaplain for UMOM New Day Centers in Phoenix, AZ.

Please pray for Rev. Pentsil, Rev. Bender, First UMC in Tempe, UMOM New Day Centers, and Crossroads UMC in Virginia during this time of transition. 

 


 

The Rev. Dan Morley, missional strategist and Superintendent of the North District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Samara Jenkins, according to the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline paragraphs 337.2 and 337.3, as the associate pastor of University United Methodist Church and Campus Minister at University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) effective July 1, 2019. Pastor Jenkins is currently serving  First UMC in Crestline, OH in the East Ohio Conference. Please pray for Pastor Jenkins, University UMC, UNLV Campus Ministry and First UMC during this time of transition.

 

Appointment Announcement April 2

The Rev. Nancy Cushman, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the West District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Jonathan Hall as full-time pastor at Mountain View United Methodist Church in Cottonwood, AZ effective May 1, 2019 in accordance with paragraph 346.1 of the 2016 Book of Discipline. Rev. Hall is a member of the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference and is currently serving at both Mountain View UMC and Haven UMC in Jerome, AZ.

Appointment Announcement April 1

The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Gary Williams as part-time pastor of Journey United Methodist Fellowship in Maricopa, AZ, effective July 1, 2019 per paragraph 318.2 in the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Gary is currently serving as a Certified Lay Minister at Mesquite United Methodist Church in Mesquite, NV. Please pray for Gary Williams, his wife Ann, Journey UMF of Maricopa, and Mesquite UMC during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcement March 26

The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Michael Kerr-Osman as the interim pastor of White Mountain United Methodist Church in Show Low, Arizona, effective April 1 to June 30, 2019 per paragraph 338.3b in the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Kerr-Osman has been approved to return to ministry from medical leave per paragraph 356.3


Rev. Beverly Devine, currently appointed to White Mountain UMC, will enter into retired status effective March 31, 2019.

Please pray for Rev. Devine and her family, Rev. Kerr-Osman and his family, and White Mountain UMC during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcement March 25

The Rev. Dan Morley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the North District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Jennifer Hageman as the senior pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church of Las Vegas, NV, effective July 1, 2019. Rev. Hageman is currently serving at Gila Mountain UMC in Yuma, AZ.

Please pray for Rev. Hageman, Trinity UMC and Gila Mountain UMC during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcements March 18

The Rev. Dan Morley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the North District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Susan Holden as the senior pastor of Journey United Methodist Church of Las Vegas, NV, effective July 1, 2019. Rev. Holden is currently serving at University UMC and UNLV Campus Ministry in Las Vegas.

 

Rev. Robyne Mayer, currently appointed to Journey United Methodist Church, will be returning to the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference, where Bishop John Schol intends to appoint her to St. Paul UMC in Bay Head, New Jersey.

Please pray for Rev. Holden, Rev Mayer, Journey UMC, University UMC, and St. Paul UMC 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 Terry Kim as the pastor of First Henderson United Methodist Church in Henderson, NV, effective May 1, 2019 per paragraph 318.1 in the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Pastor Kim is currently serving Journey United Methodist Fellowship in Maricopa, AZ.

 

Pastor Fred Heggestad, currently serving First Henderson United Methodist Church, has requested to discontinue serving as a local pastor following his years of faithful service to our church.

Please join First Henderson UMC and the Desert Southwest Conference in giving praise to his faithful years of service as we pray for Pastor Fred, Pastor Kim, Journey UMF and First Henderson UMC during this 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. Khalif Smith as the senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Mesa, AZ, effective July 1, 2019. Rev. Smith is currently serving at Trinity United Methodist Church in Las Vegas, NV. Please pray for Rev. Smith and his family, First UMC of Mesa, and Trinity UMC of Las Vegas during this time of transition.

 

 

 


 

The Rev. Mark Conrad, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Ken Archer as senior pastor of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Tucson, AZ effective July 1, 2019 per paragraph 346.1 and 358.6 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Archer is currently a retired member of the Texas Annual Conference. Please keep Rev. Archer, his family and the congregation in your prayers.

Appointment Announcement March 12

The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata appointed the Rev. Asa Holly as staff chaplain at Banner Boswell Hospital in Sun City, AZ effective February 18, 2019 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 March 5

The Rev. Mark Conrad, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Tony Dawson to a cross-conference appointment as the pastor of York First United Methodist Church in York, Nebraska, in the Great Plains Conference, effective July 1, 2019. Per paragraph 346.1 of the United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Dawson is currently serving as the pastor of St. Paul’s UMC in Tucson, AZ. Please pray for Rev. Dawson, St. Paul’s UMC and York First UMC during this time of transition.

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