We would like to introduce you to the new faces in the South District and those with a change in appointment. Please join us in prayer for them as they settle into their new appointments.
Rev. Evelyn (Evy) McDonald – St. Mark’s UMC, Tucson AZ
Rev. Evy was born in Ogallala, Nebraska. She is a true Nebraska Cornhusker football fan!
Evy’s first career was in nursing. She went to the University of Arizona and graduated with a Master degree in Nursing, and then directed intensive care and coronary care. In addition, Evy was the Director of Education at Hillhaven Hospice. Hillhaven opened in Tucson a,long with one in California and one in New Jersey: the first three Hospices in the US. Subsequently, Rev. Evy felt a call to ordained ministry and answered that call by attending Union Theological Seminary in NYC. She served as an Elder in The New York Annual Conference in both village and urban churches. Evy’s appointment in the Desert Southwest is a profound joy and she is grateful to be serving here.
Rev. James (Jim) Perdue – San Pedro Valley UMC in Benson AZ; Trinity UMC in Bisbee AZ.
Rev. Jim is married to Neva. They have 4 children in their 40’s and 50’s, 13 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He is ordained and a retired member of the Iowa Conference. Jim served 28 years as an appointed pastor in the West Virginia and Iowa conferences, as well as 21 years as a missionary with Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church
Born and raised in a southern West Virginia coal town, Jim has a deep love for and understanding of ordinary folk in rural and small-town areas. He paints some landscapes and animals with oils, and he loves jazz, blues, tango, and classical music, as well as “heritage music” – western swing, mountain, handmade music, bluegrass, etc. Since moving to Arizona in 2009, Jim has fallen in love with the desert and with desert folk. He relaxes by enjoying romantic comedies, Brit Box detective shows, and chick-flicks with Neva. He also relaxes by cooking.
Raised in a southern-mountain, fundamentalist background, formally educated to a more liberal, European-style theology, formed over the years to a quantum spirituality, and immersed in Latino culture throughout the Western Hemisphere, gives Jim a unique insight and love for the folk of Cochise County, with whom he now is called and appointed to serve. He next plans to learn and practice Tai Chi Chuan for physical, mental, and spiritual health and harmony.
His ministry passion is for escaping from the spell of the “American sin” of forced polarization. Jim’s Facebook Intro reads, “Mountain folk, Argentine, Hispanic by life experience, border folk, husband, family man, artist, and theologian,” and his email signature reads “Moving the church from the center the world defines to the center that God defines.”
Pastor Stuart Salvatierra – St. Mark’s UMC, Tucson AZ
Growing up at St. Francis in the Foothills, Stuart originally hails from the South District and is excited about his return to Tucson and the opportunity to serve St. Mark’s UMC. Prior to this appointment Stuart served for a year as the Associate Pastor of North Scottsdale United Methodist Church in Scottsdale, Arizona. He has also served as a youth minister in several churches and ran after school programs aimed at working families in Chicago for 5 years.
Stuart is a recent graduate of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston Illinois where he received his Masters of Divinity in 2018. He is also a graduate of Cornell College in Mount Vernon Iowa where he received his Bachelor of Arts in 2007.
In his spare time you can often catch him in area bookstores, exploring the beauty of the desert, spending time with his family, or playing with his dog Ginger.
Rev. Deanna Self-Price – UMC of Green Valley, Green Valley AZ will be highlighted next week.
Pastors that have new assignments in the South District:
Pastor Maribel Mojica-Calvo is now serving Duncan UMC, Duncan AZ; and
Rev. Matthew Ashley continues to serve at Sierra Vista UMC and is now also serving at Huachuca UMC.