Take some time to meet some of the new faces in the West District. Please join us in welcoming them to the West District and continue to pray for them as they settle into their new appointments and assignments.
Rev. Dr. Denny Silk – First UMC, Phoenix
Denny is a native Nebraskan and spent all of his ministry career there except for two years he served the Methodist East End Mission in London, England. In preparation for ministry he attended Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City and later Iliff School of Theology in Denver for his doctoral studies. In his latter years in Nebraska, he served four different churches in the Omaha area, including First United Methodist Church where he was senior pastor for ten years. He was always very active in the conference chairing many conference committees and boards during his years of ministry. He was elected to General Conference three times and served on the General Board of Church and Society for eight years. He moved to Phoenix a few years ago so that he could be close to his only grandchildren. His son and wife are business owners in Phoenix and Scottsdale and his grandchildren are fourteen and eight years old. Immediately prior to being appointed to First United Methodist Church of Phoenix, he served a three-month interim at St. Matthew UMC. Denny enjoys time with family and friends; likes most sports but plays only golf; and spends time reading.
Rev. Michael Patzloff – Faith UMC. Phoenix
Michael was raised in the Imperial Valley located in the desert of southern California. Holtville is a mere 45 miles west of Yuma, AZ. He spent many summers visiting hisaunt and uncle in Tempe and has family in the Phoenix area. He loves the desert. In what some see as a dead, life-less place, he finds life.
Michael attended Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska. Hisundergraduate degree is a BS in Business Administration and a minor in Philosophy. He went to seminary immediately after and graduated from Southern Methodist University – Perkins School of Theology with his Master of Divinity degree. Michael was ordained a deacon and elder in the Nebraska Annual Conference (now the Great Plains Conference) and served seven churches since 1994. In 2014, he transferred to the Desert Southwest Conference where my most recent appointment was University UMC in Las Vegas. This past year he took a voluntary family leave and taught at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas.
Michael’s family is everything to him. He has a husband, John, who has been his cohort and partner in life for the past ten years. They have two children: Elias who is 19 and will be moving to Phoenix and Oliver who is 14 and attends a school in Utah. Both Elias and Oliver came through the foster care system and they would not be complete without them.
They also have four four-legged children (some people call them dogs). They are as much a part of the family as anyone. The saying is true: we work so they remain in the lifestyle of which they have come accustomed. Needless to say they are spoiled.