The Rev. N. Susan Brims, District Superintendent of the East District, announced that Bishop Grant J. Hagiya intends to appoint the Rev. Deborah Lerner as Senior Pastor of Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church, Sun City West, AZ, effective July 1, 2022, per ¶ 357.6 of the 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline. Rev. Lerner has served at Shepherd of the Hills UMC since 2018 and in the coming appointment year will continue in her new retirement status.
This appointment is the first as we live into our clear opening process, inviting clergy who feel called to express an interest in an open appointment. Every clear opening allows all of us the opportunity to prayerfully consider an appointment from a fresh perspective.
Let us be in prayer for Rev. Lerner, her family and Shepherd of the Hills UMC.