The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint Rev. Anthony Tang as the pastor of Desert Mission United Methodist Church in Scottsdale, Arizona effective July 1, 2017. Rev. Tang currently serves as the Director of Connectional Ministries for the Desert Southwest Conference of The United Methodist Church. In announcing the appointment, Bishop Bob shared, “Anthony Tang has brought his strong voice for inclusion and his support for the partnership between laity and clergy to his work as Director of Connectional Ministries. He has worked tirelessly for the multiplicity of ministries in our Conference to coordinate and streamline our work together. His new ideas and enlivening spirit have blessed our Conference and have positively impacted the Western Jurisdiction and the General Church.” Please pray for Rev. Tang and Desert Mission UMC during this time of transition.
The Rev. N. Susan Brims, Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Robert T. Hoshibata intends to appoint the Rev. Douglas Handlong as the senior pastor of Central United Methodist Church in Phoenix, Arizona effective July 1, 2017. Rev. Handlong is currently serving at Anchor Park United Methodist Church in Anchorage, Alaska. Please pray for Rev. Handlong, his family, Central UMC and Anchor Park UMC during this time of transition.