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DSC Communications (published on September 17, 2014)

With great anticipation, The Desert Southwest Conference of The United Methodist Church announces that Shelley Shumaker from Desert Spring United Methodist Church will be the new Administrative Assistant to the Bishop.

“From among a pool of very qualified applicants, Shelley stood out with excellent qualifications, very supportive recommendations, and a solid background in The United Methodist Church. She brings many gifts for the work of Administrative Assistant, and will add to the spirit of the Episcopal office and our Conference Center. I am delighted to work with her.” -Bishop Bob Hoshibata.

Shelley is serving as Executive Administrative Assistant to the Senior Pastor of Desert Spring United Methodist Church, a position she has held for the past eight years.

“I have truly enjoyed being a part of such a healthy and growing church. My experience at Desert Spring UMC has been one of professional, personal, and spiritual growth. I have been able to grow in my administrative skills through participation in professional organizations such as the United Methodist Women and the Professional Association of United Methodist Secretaries since 2004.” -Shelley Shumaker

Her first day in the Episcopal office will be October 1, 2014 and she will have a little over two weeks working side by side Julie O’Neal before Julie moves on to her new position as the Executive Assistant to Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe, General Secretary of the General Board of Church and Society, in Washington D.C. Julie’s last day at the Desert Southwest Conference will be October 17, 2014.

Who is Shelley Shumaker?

Photo courtesy of Shelley ShumakerOriginally from San Diego, CA, Shelley was raised in a Christian family with strong values, and a daily relationship with God. Growing up in such a beautiful state, it’s no wonder that she has an adventurous personality and is drawn to outside activities such as motorcycling, hiking, biking, swimming, ice skating, kayaking, and more. In addition to her outdoor interests, Shelley is also a musician and a computer aficionado. She credits her husband of 39 years, and retired IT guy, David Shumaker, for inspiring her to want to learn about computers.

When asked about the changes ahead she shared,

“My husband David, and my adult children, Emily and Peter, have been a great support in my choice of ministry and occupation. I am excited about the new challenges and adventures awaiting me as I support the Bishop in ministry. I will always appreciate the support and encouragement I received from both Pastor Tom Mattick and Pastor David Devereaux. I am blessed.”


Feb 16, 2017, Editor’s Note: Shelley no longer works at the Desert Southwest Conference Episcopal office.

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