Meet Your 2020 Desert Southwest Conference Delegates

General Conference & Jurisdictional Conference Delegates

Rev. Dan Hurlbert

Rev. Dan Hurlbert

Clergy First Elect and pastor of Prescott UMC in Prescott, AZ

About Dan

Rev. Dan Hurlbert in an elder in the Desert Southwest Conference. Dan was born in Phoenix, Arizona. His great, great, grandfather brought the family to the Phoenix area in the 1800s.  His name was Francis Asbury Young—Methodism goes back in the family for generations.

Dan became active in connectional ministries as a youth first attending Annual Conference in 1979. Dan has served churches in rural and urban areas and been a campus minister. He spent twelve years on the board of ordained ministry, the last five as chairperson. He believes his legislative expertise to be in the area of higher education and ministry with particular knowledge of the candidacy and ordination processes.

Paul Gomez

Paul Gomez

Lay First Elect and Manager, Hispanic/Latino Seeker Communications at UMCOM

About Paul

A Las Vegas native, Paul is a reserve delegate representing the Desert Southwest Conference. Paul has been active in ministry in the UMC for 10 years as a PK. He’s an Arizona State Sun Devil and is a member of Red Mountain UMC in Mesa, AZ. Paul has served on the executive committee of the General Commission on Communication and the GCFA Committee on Personnel, Policies and Procedures. He is the Manager, Hispanic/Latino Seeker Communications at United Methodist Communications.

Rev. Anthony Tang

Rev. Anthony Tang

Clergy First Reserve and pastor of Desert Mission UMC in Scottsdale, AZ

About Anthony

Rev. Anthony Tang’s grandfather arrived in Arizona in 1919. Born and raised in the Valley of the Sun, he attended both University of Arizona for undergrad and Arizona State University for a 2003 Executive MBA. His MDiv degree was earned in 1997 from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

 Anthony is blessed to have served on the General Commission on Archives and History and to currently serve on the General Council on Finance and Administration which has helped refine his global perspective of the church’s ministry. He is also a member of the WJ Committee on Appeals, a part of our legal structure, and has been elected second (i.e., first reserve) to General Conference in 2012, 2016, and 2020. He is thankful to be pastor of Desert Mission UMC of Scottsdale.

Julie O'Neal

Julie O'Neal

Lay Second Elect and Member at Dayspring UMC

About Julie

As a 5th generation United Methodist in Arizona, Julie has a wide range of experience in the church and has held various leadership positions throughout the denomination for over 25 years. She graduated from Arizona State University and was honored as a Crusade Scholar at Saint Paul School of Theology where she received a Masters of Theological Studies. She has worked at and with several general agencies of The UMC and also serves as a representative from the Council of Bishops on the National Council of Churches Justice and Peace Table. She is a member of Dayspring UMC in Tempe, AZ.

Jurisdictional Conference Delegates

Trinity Donovan

Trinity Donovan

Rev. Beth Rambikur

Rev. Beth Rambikur

Director of Connectional Ministries

Carla Whitmire

Carla Whitmire

East & West District Administrative Assistant

Rev. Dee Dee Azhikakath

Rev. Dee Dee Azhikakath

Glenda Hill

Rev. Mary Klaehn

Rev. Mary Klaehn

Pastor at Desert Skies UMC, Tucson

Jessica Brown

1st Lay Alternate

Matthew Harris

Matthew Harris

2nd Lay Alternate

Marjorie Hrabe

Marjorie Hrabe

3rd Lay Alternate

Rev. Javier Olivares

Rev. Javier Olivares

Pastor at Nuevo Pacto UMF and 1st Clergy Alternate

Rev. Gary Kennedy

Rev. Gary Kennedy

Pastor at Willowbrook UMC, Sun City and 2nd Clergy Alternate

Rev. Timote Piukala

Rev. Timote Piukala

Pastor at Tongan UMC, Mesa and 3rd Clergy Alternate

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