From the Office of Bishop Bob
In sadness, we share the news that Rev. J. Michael Pearson died on Saturday March 20, 2021.
Rev. J. Michael Pearson was a retired elder in the Desert Southwest Conference. He was born in November of 1948 and later attended Albion College and Union Theological Seminary. In 1973 he was admitted on trial and appointed to attend school in the Detroit Annual Conference. He went on to serve at Owosso: First UMC. He was admitted into full connection and served at Lainsburg. He began his service in the Desert Southwest Conference in 1987, serving in Phoenix: Director of Connectional Ministries; Scottsdale: Scottsdale UMC. Following his transfer to the Desert Southwest Conference, Rev. Pearson served at Glendale: Dove of the Desert UMF; Glendale: Dove of the Desert UMC; Mesa: Velda Rose UMC; Phoenix: Director of Connectional Ministries; Tucson: South District Superintendent and Phoenix: First UMC. He retired in 2018 and is survived by his wife Bethyl.
Rev. Pearson was a tremendously good preacher, had a terrific sense of humor and was a very skillful potter. The later of which gave him a different perspective of the world in which we live. He was a published author, a very successful “New Church Start” pastor and a true visionary. He loved God, his family and the Church. He knew that everyone is struggling with some aspect of life and he used humor to bring a moment of joy and relief. He marveled at God’s grace and tried to help others experience it. His quick wit helped to keep us smiling in difficult moments.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Condolences can be sent to:
7117 N. 11th Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85021
1668 W. Glendale Ave., Apt. 307
Phoenix, AZ 85021
Memorial Gifts may be made to:
First UMC Phoenix
5510 N Central Ave
Phoenix AZ 85012-1313
Dove of the Desert UMC
7201 W Beardsley Rd
Glendale AZ 85308-5673
Remembering God’s word for us, we give thanks to God who gives us the victory over death through Jesus Christ. With gratitude for the life and ministry of Rev. J. Michael Pearson, please hold his family and friends in prayer at this time.