Over the next few week, we would like to introduce you to the new faces in the East District. Please join us in welcoming them to the East District and continue to pray for them as they settle into their new appointments and assignments.
Rev. Rick Casebolt – First UMC, Gilbert
I must admit that like many of you living in the Desert Southwest, I have not always been a desert dweller. I was born in Missouri and raised in the Midwestern states of Illinois and Indiana. I met my wife to be in Collinsville Illinois in the mid 60’s. We were married Christmas Eve 1971 while I was home on leave from the Army. Jan and I lived in Arlington, Virginia where I did my three year tour of service. I was a driver for the Pentagon Motor Pool and was the primary ambulance driver for the unit.
Our daughter Jennifer was born at Walter Reed in 1974 the year we were discharged and moved back to the Midwest. Thanks to the GI Bill, I was able to attend classes at Southern Illinois University where I received my BS in Medical Science in 1978. Shortly thereafter, our family moved to Decatur, Indiana where we would live and work for the next 22 years. Click here to read more of Rick’s Bio.
Rev. Brooke Burris Isingoma – St. Matthew UMC, Mesa
I grew up in Flagstaff, AZ, the beautiful mountain town. Though I loved Flagstaff, I was ready for new adventures upon graduating from Flagstaff High School. As an undergraduate in Santa Barbara, CA, I managed to do some studying even with a view of the beach from my dorm room, and with the assistance of wonderful faculty, increased my love for theology and philosophy. After earning a BA at Westmont College I went to Duke Divinity School intending to pursue an academic career. I loved Duke, and second career classmates became a vital part of my education. Click here to read more of Brooke’s Bio.
Rev. Kimberly Scott – Crossroads UMC, Phoenix
I am a cradle United Methodist from Biloxi, Mississippi where my family and I were members of St. Paul United Methodist Church until we relocated to Las Vegas when I was ten. My father served as the Lay Leader and my mother as the children’s choir director at St. Paul during our time there. Upon relocating to Las Vegas, we joined Zion United Methodist Church. I graduated from Valley High School in 1994 and I went on to earn my Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Humboldt State University. Click here to read more of Kimberly’s Bio.
Rev. Jody Topping – Song of Life UMC, Queen Creek
I was raised in Southern California where I attended and eventually became a member of the United Methodist Church in Tujunga, California. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from California State University, Fullerton, and a Master’s in Human Resource Administration from Ottawa University. For 25 years, I was employed as an HR Professional by various public sector employers, and I retired from that career in October 2010.
In the early 1990s, my husband, David and I joined Los Arcos UMC in Scottsdale, AZ. Although I felt God calling me to some type of ministry in the mid-1990s, I didn’t respond fully until 2007 when I explored the possibility of becoming a pastor. In 2008, I started seminary at Claremont School of Theology, then later transferred to Iliff School of Theology in Denver, where I completed my M.Div in June 2012. Click here to read more of Jody’s Bio.