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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 07-01-21 (6-28-21)

Appointment Announcements March 15, 2021

Rev. Dan Morley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the North District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Court Fischer as pastor of Trinity Heights United Methodist Church, Flagstaff, AZ, effective July 1, 2021. Rev. Fischer is currently on personal leave.

Let us be in prayer for Rev. Fischer, his family, and Trinity Heights UMC during this time of transition.

 

 

Appointment Announcements March 11, 2021

The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Brandon Gilmore as Pastor of Central United Methodist Church of Phoenix, AZ, and the Rev. Rachel Gilmore as Missional Consultant of Central United Methodist Church, effective July 1, 2021, per ¶346.1 and 425.2 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.

 

 

Rev. Brandon Gilmore currently serves as pastor of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church in Mt. Juliet, TN  and Rev. Rachel Gilmore  is currently appointed as Director of Recruiting, Assessing, and Training of Lay and Clergy Church Planters with Discipleship Ministries/Path 1 in Nashville, TN.

 

 

 

The Rev. Paul Borneman, who has been serving in retired status as pastor of Central UMC, will return to full-time retirement June 30, 2021.

Let us be in prayer for Rev. Borneman, Revs. Brandon and Rachel Gilmore, their families, Central UMC, Pleasant Grove UMC and Path 1 Ministries during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcements March 8, 2021

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 Hyung Cho as senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Tempe, AZ, effective July 1, 2021. Rev. Cho currently serves as senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Tucson, AZ.

 

 

Anderson, Rev. RosemaryWe also want to share with you that the Rev. Rosemary Anderson, who currently serves as Associate Director of Congregational Care & Outreach at First United Methodist Church in Tempe, AZ, intends to enter retired status effective July 1, 2021.

Let us be in prayer for Rev. Cho, his family, Rev. Anderson, First UMC Tempe and First UMC Tucson during this time of transition.

 

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The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Sharon Pajak as pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Mesa, AZ, effective July 1, 2021. Rev. Pajak currently serves as pastor of Desert Chapel United Methodist Church in Apache Junction, AZ.

Let us be in prayer for Rev. Pajak, her family, Grace UMC and Desert Chapel UMC during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcements March 1, 2021

The Rev. Dan R. Morley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the North District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Pastor Sandra Lee Johnson as the pastor of St. Michael’s United Methodist Church in Lake Havasu City, AZ, less than full time, effective April 12, 2021 per ¶ 318.2 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Pastor Johnson currently serves as associate pastor of St. Michael’s UMC.

 

 

The Rev. R. Lee Weber’s appointment as interim pastor of St. Michael’s UMC is scheduled to end on April 11, 2021.

Let us be in prayer for Pastor Johnson, Rev. Weber, and St. Michael’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 the Rev. David Summers as senior pastor of Lakeview United Methodist Church in Sun City, AZ, effective July 1, 2021. Rev. Summers currently serves as senior pastor of Paradise Valley UMC in Paradise Valley, AZ.

 

 

Fairchild, Rev. JohnThe Rev. John Fairchild, who currently serves as senior pastor of Lakeview UMC, intends to retire on July 1, 2021 per ¶ 357 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.

Let us be in prayer for Rev. Summers, Rev. Fairchild, their families, Lakeview UMC, and Paradise Valley UMC during this time of transition.

 

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The Rev. Matthew Ashley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Ron Bartlow as senior pastor of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Tucson, AZ, effective July 1, 2021. Rev. Bartlow is currently serving at First United Methodist Church, Winslow, AZ.

 

 

The Rev. Peter Vaught’s appointment as interim pastor of St. Paul’s UMC is scheduled to end on June 30, 2021.

Let us be in prayer for Rev. Vaught, Rev. Bartlow, their families, First UMC of Winslow and St. Paul’s UMC during this time of transition.

 

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The Rev. Matthew Ashley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Lynn Bartlow as senior pastor of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Tucson, AZ, effective July 1, 2021. Rev. Bartlow is currently serving at Trinity Heights United Methodist Church in Flagstaff, AZ.

 

 

The Rev. Sharon Ragland, who currently serves as senior pastor at St. Mark’s UMC intends to retire on July 1, 2021 per ¶ 357 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.

Let us be in prayer for Rev. Ragland, Rev. Bartlow, their families, Trinity Heights UMC and St. Mark’s UMC during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcement February 8, 2021

Dear Members and Friends of the Desert Southwest Conference,

It is my privilege to announce my intention to appoint the Rev. Javier Olivares, pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Mesa, as the new District Superintendent of the West District, effective July 1, 2021. Rev. Olivares currently serves as the senior pastor at Grace United Methodist in Mesa, AZ since July 1, 2020.

District Superintendent Rev. N. Susan Brims shared that at Grace UMC, Rev. Olivares has been committed to building bridges in a strong and collaborative way. Recognizing that as a Hispanic pastor coming into a congregation with a mostly Euro-American leadership, Javier engaged his leadership team in a conversation about cross cultural ministry immediately upon his arrival at the church. It was a grace-filled way for everyone to become acquainted and it laid a foundation for appreciating differences in cultural dynamics in ministry.

Rev. Olivares has supported the congregation’s spiritual growth not only with the leading of Sunday worship but also with the addition of a mid-week devotional, where he combines his love of worship and music as he plays his guitar and sings to and with his flock, keeping people centered in their faith during a difficult time. To help the church deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, Rev. Olivares also walked with the church in the creation of an effective Comprehensive Re-opening Plan, which was greatly appreciated by all.

In addition to his responsibilities as senior pastor at Grace, Mesa, Rev. Olivares serves as the chairperson of our Conference Commission on Religion and Race (CORR), advocating for ways the Desert Southwest Conference can increase its awareness of and prevention of racial injustice. One of the programmatic emphases of CORR has been learning about the unique challenges and opportunities presented by cultural competency, which builds on understanding and appreciation of the uniqueness of people’s cultures. Another emerging focus involves building support for congregations and clergy involved in Cross-Racial/Cross-Cultural appointments. Rev. Olivares will bring these and other gifts to the Appointive and Extended Cabinet tables and will also undertake supervision of some of the Conference Teams and Committees as he joins the Connectional Ministry Team (CMT).

As has been our practice, Rev. Olivares will spend the next few months continuing his pastoral leadership at Grace UMC Mesa and becoming acquainted with his new role by meeting with the cabinets and the CMT. Let us include in our prayers Rev. Javier Olivares, his spouse, Rev. Alma Aguirre-Olivares, and his family, as well as the congregation of Grace UMC, Mesa, as well as their colleagues and friends who surround them with love and encouragement in this time of transition.

In Christ,
Bishop Bob

Appointment Announcement January 21, 2021

Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ!

It is my privilege to share news of an appointment change with you. After prayerful discernment, the Rev. Nancy Cushman, Superintendent of the West District, has decided to retire from active ministry. Nancy has served with distinction as the West District Superintendent since July 1, 2018. In that time, she has supported and cared for the laity and the clergy and churches of her district and most recently, as a member and chairperson of the Connectional Ministries Team. I have appreciated Nancy’s wisdom and her deep faith which she always brought to every team and committee she has been assigned to serve on.

Although I am saddened to receive her request for retirement, I honor her desire to spend more time with her spouse, the Rev. George Cushman and their family, and to engage in more leisurely pursuits including gardening and quilting.

I will be meeting with the West District Committee on Superintendency to receive their input regarding a new Superintendent. Meanwhile, I trust that you will find ways to express your gratitude to Nancy and George and to hold all the churches of the West District, their laity and clergy in prayer!

In Christ,
Bishop Bob

Appointment Announcement December 21, 2020

The Rev. Dan Morley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the North District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Jaycee Salangsang as the part time Campus Minister at University of Nevada Las Vegas in Las Vegas, NV per paragraphs 337.3 and 346.1 in the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline effective January 1, 2021. Rev. Salangsang will continue serving as part time pastor at Grace Fil-Am UMF in Las Vegas, NV.

Please pray for Rev. Salangsang, Grace Fil-Am UMF and the Campus Ministry at UNLV during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcement December 1, 2020

The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Ms. Sylvia Harris as interim student local pastor of Wesley United Methodist, in Phoenix, AZ less than full-time, serving December 1, 2020 until June 30, 2021 per ¶ 318.2, ¶318.3 & ¶ 338.3b of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline.

 

The Rev. Dr. Sergio Pereira, pastor of Wesley UMC, will be taking personal leave.

Let us be in prayer for Rev. Pereira, Ms. Harris, their families, and Wesley UMC during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcement November 16, 2020

The Rev. Matthew Ashley, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the South District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Peter Vaught as interim pastor of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Tucson, AZ, effective January 1, 2021 per paragraphs ¶ 338.3 and ¶ 357.6 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Vaught is a retired elder from the Desert Southwest Conference.

 

The Rev. Ken Archer will be re-entering retirement to spend more time with his family.

Let us be in prayer for Rev. Archer, Rev. Vaught, their families and St. Paul’s UMC during this time of transition.

Appointment Announcement November 12, 2020

The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Missional Strategist and Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata has appointed the Rev. Asa Holly as chaplain at Banner University Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ effective October 18, 2020 per paragraph 344.1.b in the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Please keep Rev. Holly in your prayers during this transition.

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