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Welcome new clergy in the West District

by | Jul 18, 2022 | West District Newsletter, West District Webpage

Christine Jones – Spirit of Hope UMC, Peoria

Christine Jones has been assigned to Spirit of Hope United Methodist Church as a Licensed Local Pastor. She is bi-vocational, with a passion for education and mission that has been present in her life for over 20 years. Her passion has taken her all over the world, including mainland China, Japan, and the United Arab Emirates. Upon her return to the U.S., Christine became active at the First United Methodist Church of Glendale and the United Women in Faith (formally United Methodist Women), gradually becoming more and more active. She felt called to do something more and began to work towards her Local Pastor License while also working towards a doctorate in Education.

Christine has been married to her husband Will for 26 years and they have three children. William Jr works for Goodwill, Zebbediah is a recent Grand Canyon University graduate working at Walmart, and Raedrael is currently attending Arizona State University. They also have three cats and one dog, all 16-year-old rescues that they acquired while in the Middle East. The family enjoys playing board games together. Christine also enjoys gardening and studying. Christine is excited to be serving Spirit of Hope UMC and looks forward to the adventures that come with following God’s call.

Stephen C. Marshall – Community Church of Buckeye

The son of a United Methodist minister, Steve grew up in the church and has been active in the church’s ministry throughout his life. Before becoming an ordained elder, Steve was a graphic artist and after being bitten by the computer bug in the early 80’s, Steve delved into the emerging computer graphics field and gained proficiency in computer animation, computer programming and desktop publishing. Steve and his wife Sue served as youth counselors at several churches over a twenty-year period.

While attending seminary Steve served for two years as student pastor of Liberty UMC in Buckeye, Arizona from 1994-1996. After ordination, he served as the founding pastor of New Song UMC in the growing community of Surprise; with his wife Sue, he planted a new church in north Peoria, called Spirit Song UMF; and in retirement served as a part-time associate pastor at Willowbrook UMC in Sun City. Rev. Marshall has been honored with the national Denman Award for Evangelism and as the Desert Southwest Annual Conference Town and Country Pastor of the Year.

Steve has responded to the call from the Bishop to serve part time at the Community Church of Buckeye. Having moved to Buckeye in the last year, he felt that it was a call to be answered.

Steve and his wife, Susan, will be married 53 years this summer. Sue retired as a teacher/librarian from the Cartwright School District in 2016. They have two grown daughters, Stacy and Summer, who prompted the move to the Buckeye area as they bought new houses in the area. Stacy is a financial systems manager for Honeywell; and a two-year old great grandchild, Archer

Steve and Sue feel very blessed to have their family nearby. They are excited about this new opportunity to serve in ministry.

Kathleen Puntar – First UMC, Sun City

I am a California native — born in Hollywood and raised in southern California … I graduated from Occidental College and Fuller Theological Seminary … Was called into the ordained ministry as a young adult and have served God as a pastor for thirty-eight years … Served churches in Moorpark, Lompoc, Bishop, Yorba Linda, Big Bear Lake, Wrightwood, Yucaipa and Pomona — all in California — and now Sun City, AZ! My favorite Bible verses are Romans 8:35, 37-39 and Joshua 1:9. My faith story connects deeply with the biblical account of Joseph (Genesis 37-45) and the promise that whatever happens, God will work it for good, both in my life and in the lives of others.

I have two wonderful, beautiful, and incredibly smart and funny daughters — Amy and Kelsey (I will admit to being a bit biased in their favor.) They live in northern Phoenix – I am so excited that we now live in the same state! I also have a black Labrador Retriever, Strider (we rescued each other.)

Some things I love — Love puns (and other forms of humor) … Love being outdoors (especially with my dog.) … Love ice hockey — especially rooting for Los Angeles Kings hockey … and I am an avid reader and enjoy theater, music, and movies.

David Rennick – First UMC, Phoenix

A passion for building community, Rev. David Rennick comes to First UMC of Phoenix with a welcoming and affirming spirit for all people. A native of Mesa, David was baptized, confirmed, and experienced his call to ministry at First UMC of Mesa. David’s education includes attending Mesa Public Schools, earning a bachelor’s degree in English Teaching and Speech from Grand Canyon University and attending Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., where he earned both a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Christian Formation and Discipleship. Over the past four years, at North Scottsdale UMC, his focus of his ministry has been preaching, administration, and encouraging the faith formation of others. During some of the most difficult times of the pandemic he led the NSUMC congregation into re-opening with faith and strength.

David is married to Rebecca, who is a lawyer with the Attorney General’s office. Together, they have a five-year-old daughter named Alexandria. David also has two adult sons who he adopted as a single parent when they were children, and two grandchildren to round out their family.

Roy Trevolt – Faith UMC, Phoenix

I am a native Phoenician. Married to Joyce, we were married at Trinity UMC in Phoenix. We have three adult sons and daughters in love, seven grandchildren and three foster grandchildren. Our sons are scattered in Ohio, South Carolina, and North Phoenix.

We are charter members at Sunrise UMC, worshiping there since 1983. Both are involved in Lay Servant ministry in any way needed by the district and are members of the Arizona Walk to Emmaus.

I spent most of my working life in various forms of the Automotive market in sales, parts distribution, mechanics, and Service writing.

The core of my ministry is seated in the Two Great Commands: Love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, mind, and soul. Love your neighbor as you love yourself! I strongly encourage and support inclusiveness in all facets of life.

We Also Welcome –

Sandra Jimenez is an elder for Mountain Sky Conference now serving at the Yuma New Start Church.

Manuel Jimenez is a local pastor serving at Fort Yuma UMC and the Yuma New Start Church.

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