New Pastors in the South District

by | Sep 21, 2021 | South District Webpage, South District Newsletter

Rev. Lynn Bartlow – St. Mark’s UMC – Tucson, AZ

Rev. Lynn Bartlow was appointed to St. Mark’s in July of 2021. She has served congregations here in Arizona – including Trinity Heights UMC in Flagstaff – in Illinois, and in Florida before becoming a pastor. She graduated from Florida Southern College (Lakeland, Florida) and from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (Evanston, Illinois).

Lynn is married to Rev. Ron Bartlow, who serves St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. They have been married over 20 years and have two teenage children. The family is raising two kittens who were great sources of fun during the school-at-home time of the pandemic. Lynn enjoys reading mindless novels, practicing yoga, and cooking.

Rev. Ron Bartlow – St. Paul’s UMC – Tucson, AZ

Bartlow, Rev. Lynn

Though born in Ventura, CA, Rev. Ron Bartlow claims to be an Arizona native, living here since before he turned one. He graduated from Mesa High School and discerned his calling while active in youth ministries within the Desert Southwest Conference, volunteering at summer camps, and as an active participant in the United Campus Ministry at NAU. Committed to the connectional nature of our Methodist heritage, he has served many roles beyond the local church over the years. Ron is currently the chair of the Board of Directors for the Association of United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministries.

Ron is married to Rev. Lynn Bartlow, who serves at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church and has two children. He enjoys writing, having drafted five novels (mostly children’s fiction). Ron is a recipient of the first-place prize for novel in the 2020 Arizona Authors Annual Literary Content. He enjoys hiking, exploring, and gaming (board and console), something he shares with his children.

Rev. Eun Young Ko – First UMC – Tucson, AZ

Rev. Eun Young Ko graduated from Methodist Theological University in Seoul, South Korea and worked at FEBC, C3TV (Christian Television Broadcasting), and as a freelancer for the Korean Christian Broadcasting System for seven years. After immigrating to the United States, she studied at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL after being admitted in September 2006. After graduation, she has served in various churches in Illinois before being called to First UMC in Tucson, AZ.

Pastor Ko has one daughter, Halla. Her name comes from the name of the highest mountain South Korea. Her late husband and her hometown is on Jeju Island where the mountain of Halla is located. Eun’s parents and most of her relatives still live on Jeju Island. Being an extrovert, she loves to get to know others, hear their concerns and joys, and pray for them when in need. Pastor Ko also loves to explore places and cultures including food and music.

Pastor Kevin Lester – Sanctuary UMC – Tucson, AZ

Kevin Lester is a newly Licensed Local Pastor in the Desert Southwest Conference. He is currently serving at Sanctuary UMC in Tucson, AZ, and previously served as the Director of Family Programs at Trinity Heights UMC in Flagstaff. He was raised in California, and earned his B.A. in Biblical Studies from Azusa Pacific University and his M.Div at Palmer Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.

Kevin loves helping churches create community in which all people can both experience and express the love of Christ. Outside of church, he enjoys board games, hiking, movies, and punk rock.

We would also like to welcome Pastor Marico Wilson, a retired pastor in the Desert Southwest Conference. He is currently serving at Sand Pedro Valley UMC in Benson, AZ.

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Author: District Office

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