Rev. Paul Cho – First UMC Tempe – Tempe, AZ
Rev. Paul Cho is from South Korea, the son of a Korean Methodist Pastor. He and his family immigrated to the United Stated in 1986, settling in Tempe, AZ. Paul received his undergraduate degree in computer science and, in 2004, became a pastoral intern through the Center for Pacific-Asian American ministries at Claremont School of Theology, where he received his Master of Divinity. Paul is married to Jiea (Julie), a viola/violinist, and they have two children, Nathaniel and Amber. He has served on the board of the Wesley Foundation in Tucson, the south district leadership and nominations committee, and the Western Jurisdiction Asian American Church Council.
Paul is a handyman, a jack of all trades, but lately has been wanting to simplify his life to make more time for his children. He is excited to be serving at First UMC in Tempe.
Pastor Lauren Coffman – Paradise Valley UMC – Paradise Valley, AZ
Lauren Coffman is an Executive Pastor at Paradise Valley UMC with over ten years of ministerial experience. She finds joy in helping people uncover their unique personalities and strengths God has granted them and the vital role each person has in bringing God’s Kingdom to earth. Before coming on to the staff at PVUMC, Lauren worked as a Project Manager, where she discovered her passion for developing streamlined procedures and policies. As a local pastor, she has blended her two loves of helping others find their strength in God and creating organized systems that allow people to use their God-given strengths to bring the light of Christ to our world.
Lauren is inspired daily by her husband, Derek, and their three children, Claire, Sam, and Keith. Lauren likes to be in nature, search for new food spots, and spend quiet evenings at home with her family in her free time.
Rev. Dr. Dottie Escobedo-Frank – Paradise Valley UMC – Paradise Valley, AZ
Rev. Dr. Dottie Escobedo-Frank is a pastor with the United Methodist Church. She has served as South District Superintendent and pastored a variety of churches. In her ministry, Dottie is on the leading edge of church transformation and reStarts. She is a speaker, writer, community leader, and has authored several books. Dottie believes we are living in a time of epochal change, which required the church find sacred ways to be reborn. She calls on heretics and edge-dwellers to lead the church forward. Now it the time, she says, to push these new leaders to the forefront of church restarts.
Rev. Rachel Gilmore, Missional Consultant – Central UMC – Phoenix, AZ
Rachel Gilmore was born in Santa Ana, California to a clergy couple. Her dad was a Navy chaplain for 28 years so Rachel has moved 18 times and lived as far west as California and Washington, as far north as Rhode Island and Connecticut, as far south as Florida and as far east as Okinawa, Japan where she graduated high school. Rachel married her best friend, Brandon Gilmore in 2003 after graduating college, and they joined the Peace Corps in Bulgaria before receiving their M. Div together at Duke in 2009. After 10 years of planting a church in Virginia Beach, Rachel and Brandon moved to Nashville where she was the Director of recruiting, assessing and training church planters for Path 1/Discipleship ministries. They are excited to be serving in the Desert Southwest conference now with their two children (ages 12 and 10) and their two dogs (a boxer and a pug).
Rev. Brandon Gilmore – Central UMC – Phoenix, AZ
Brandon Gilmore was born and raised in Southern Ohio, Scioto County. He grew up in a working class family and when he was finishing his degree in Plastics Engineering got his call into ministry. After meeting his wife, the Rev. Rachel Gilmore, and completing his second undergraduate degree in Bible Theology, they joined the US Peace Corps. For 2 years Brandon & Rachel served our country in Lom, Bulgaria where he taught English and Physics in a public high school as well as taught various English clubs, worked with the United Nations to help educate Bulgarians to the dangers of trafficking of persons, and was blessed every minute serving and doing projects for the local orphanage. After the Peace Corps we graduated Duke Divinity School and then started ministry in the Virginia Annual Conference. Brandon is beginning his 13th year in ministry and is looking forward to learning more about Phoenix and the Desert Southwest Conference. He’s a golfer, an accomplished woodworker and loves working mission trips!
Pastor Iain Glithero – Desert Chapel UMC – Apache Junction, AZ
Iain Glithero first came to the United States with his wife and two sons in 1976 and settled first in Florida, and then moved to Arizona in 1983. During that time until he entered full-time ministry in 1995, he was an Electronics Engineer. Iain attended licensing school in Claremont, CA, graduating in 2000. He has served in the Desert Southwest Conference, retiring in 2008. Iain was called out of retirement to serve at Desert Chapel UMC in Apache Junction. Married 53 years to his wife, Rosemary, he has two adult sons, one adopted daughter and five grandchildren, all girls!
Iain and his wife enjoy traveling in the the United State in their RV. His hobby is building and flying model aircraft, concentrating on scale model sailplanes, which have wingspans from six to fourteen feet.