Conference Affiliation: Desert Southwest

Executive Master of Business Administration, W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ (2003).
Master of Divinity, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL (1997).
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ (1993).

Ministry Experience:
General Church Ministry Experience:
General Council on Finance and Administration (2016–Present). Serve on the Coordinating (i.e., Executive) Committee. Chairperson for the Personnel Committee.
General Conference – Second Elect (i.e., First Reserve) (2012, 2016, 2019, and 2020 held in 2024).
General Commission on Archives and History (2012–2016). Served on the Executive Committee. Chairperson for the Committee on Archives and Library.

Western Jurisdiction Ministry Experience:
WJ Committee on Nominations (2012 & 2022–Present). Co-Chairperson (2022–Present).
WJ Committee on Appeals (2012–2022). Elected Vice-Chairperson (2012–2016). Presiding Officer, Court of Appeals (2015).
WJ Mission Cabinet (2014–2017). Elected Chairperson, WJ Directors of Connectional Ministry (2016–2017).
WJ Committee on Programs and Arrangements (2014–2016).
WJ Committee on Episcopacy (2013–2016).

Annual Conference Ministry Experience:
Director of Connectional Ministries for Desert Southwest Conference, Phoenix, AZ (2014–2017).
Currently serving on Council on Finance and Administration and the Covenant Council (DSC Administrative Board).

Service Record:
1997 Tempe: Dayspring UMC (Assoc).
2002 Chandler: Light of Hope UMF (Pastor).
2008 Family L/A.
2009 Las Vegas: University UMC and First Filipino American UMF (Senior Pastor).
2014 Phoenix: Director of Connectional Ministries.
2017 Scottsdale: Desert Mission UMC (Senior Pastor).
2023 North Texas Conference Dallas: First UMC (Senior Assoc Minister of Mission and Vision).

Age/Number of Quadrennia Eligible to Serve: 4

What would you identify as the top 5 essential leadership qualities for a bishop in the West?
1. Justice for Clergy & Laity
I have seen how crucial it is for laity and pastors to have the care and support they need to fulfill their callings and know what it is like to be misunderstood and treated unfairly. Care and support are undermined when people fear unjust punishments, punitive appointments, or retribution that lacks the safeguards of due process. Creating structures that ensure safety like creating whistleblower protection policies or hiring an external HR team provide professional guidance for laity, clergy, and cabinet members. When we create trust for each other to do what is right, just, and fair, we begin to walk the journey together.

2. Sometimes People Disagree Because They Care
I’ve received angry letters and been yelled at. This doesn’t mean that they were (or I was) bad or wrong. To dismiss them misses the possibility that the reason some people appear difficult is because they care. Recognizing this helps leaders to not take things so personally, listen deeply, and channel that passion into productive and meaningful pursuits.

3. Nurturing Safety in Conversation
When facilitating meetings, it is my responsibility to watch for uncomfortable faces and encourage people to share feelings and ideas, even if it is at my expense. It is my duty to ensure nothing is left unsaid, because when it is unsafe to speak freely, people resort to “meetings-after-meetings,” parking lot talks, and corrosive gossip. When it is safe to disagree in love, people can speak and be heard, which is essential for communication, getting the best ideas shared, and enlisting everyone’s commitment to greater discipleship.

4. Believe in Others
When groups make poor decisions it’s not because they’re bad, it’s usually because they didn’t have all the information they needed or proper guidelines. As a leader, my job is to provide people with information and structure and then trust them to make good decisions and lead. The Original Blessing of Genesis 1 and 1st Corinthians 12 call us to believe in others. I believe in people and help facilitate their ability to collaborate, deliberate, and lead.

5. Managing Organizational Stress & Anxiety
Wise leaders read the stress and anxiety levels of an organization. When an organization is too comfortable, it becomes stagnant and complacent. Conversely, when an organization is too stressed, it panics and becomes embroiled in conflict. I’ve learned that good leaders know when to push and when to back off, when to comfort and when to inspire and motivate. The more I practice this skill, I am finding a balance between patience and drive that invites others journey alongside me.

Describe an impactful experience you have had with a bishop.
In 2004 when Bishop Carcaño was appointed to the Desert Southwest Conference, my wife and I were at a low point in our respective callings and on the edge of despair. She invited us to share our stories with her and helped us to see that we were not as alone as we felt. Her care continued for us throughout the medical challenges of our son, Jack, and for that, we will ever be grateful and thankful. After I was elected to GC/WJC, Bishop Carcaño advocated for me to serve in positions that would challenge me in leadership and help me to grow. She helped me to believe that I could use the gifts God had given me to make a positive contribution and find meaning in my life.

Over the last 20 years, it has not always been a smooth and easy relationship between Bishop Carcaño and me. We’ve enjoyed disagreeing, debating, and even arguing with each other, but there were also painful moments when I wondered if the relationship was over. And yet, forgiveness and friendship has a way of overcoming such stumbling blocks and obstacles.

I will always be grateful to Bishop Carcaño because in a time when I believed that I didn’t belong in the church and had no purpose, she helped me to realize that I did belong and that my purpose was here. I am called to pay forward that same gift. For pastors in the local church, laity, lay leaders, the cabinet, extension ministers, conference staff, and neighbors and community members, truly, my heart’s desire is to help everyone find their belonging and purpose in the church by serving or finding opportunities to grow and lead.

While I don’t always have warm and fuzzy personal skills and sometimes I can be awkward and a little intense, what people who work with me discover is that I am unwavering in my commitment to creating systems, structures, and processes that protect others from harm and help others experience belonging and purpose.

Endorsement (First Endorsement)

by Suzanne Stabile
Author of The Road Back to You, The Path Between Us, The Journey Toward Wholeness and host of The Enneagram Journey podcast.

It is my privilege to endorse Reverend Anthony Tang as a candidate being considered for the position of Bishop in the Western Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church. I’ve known and observed Anthony for a year as he has served alongside my husband, Rev. Joseph Stabile, on staff at First UMC in Dallas.

Anthony’s gifts for the Episcopacy include a long faithfulness in representative ministry, a gentle yet observable strength in leading people though change while insisting that shared expectations and just principles be always respected and honored.

Anthony has an understanding of systems theory that will be necessary for any person serving our denomination in the present and near future. We find ourselves left with the complexity of an Anawim who hold dear our beliefs, and are ready to dream new dreams and build new homes for those seeking Christian community.

If holiness could be considered an open heart and pure intentions, then Anthony Tang is holy. He is approachable, more interested in others than himself and well liked and trusted in our church family.

Endorsement (Second Endorsement)

by Rev. Mitchell Boone, Senior Minister, FUMC Dallas

To the Voting Members of the Western Jurisdiction,
I am thrilled to endorse Rev. Anthony Tang for episcopal leadership. Over the past year at FirstChurch, Dallas, TX, I have witnessed Rev. Tang’s extraordinary administrative skills and transformative organizational leadership. He has successfully restructured our church’s leadership, engaging 197 individuals across various roles, helped lead a strategic plan around our mission & vision, and increased our capacity to reach the mission field.

Rev. Tang’s attention to detail and commitment to fostering organizational health are driven by his deep faith in Jesus Christ. His passion is evident in his inspired preaching, teaching, and personal spiritual growth. His commitment to transparency and organizational integrity stems from his profound belief in an empowered laity, allowing clergy and laity to flourish together.

Rev. Tang’s visionary leadership is precisely what the UMC needs in a post-pandemic, post-disaffiliated world. As you discern the holy work of electing Bishops, please know that you are in my prayers. The election of Rev. Tang would be an extraordinary blessing to the Western Jurisdiction and the broader UMC.

Endorsement (Third Endorsement)

By Rev. Dan Hurlbert, for the delegation.

At the delegation meeting held on July 7, 2024 those members of the Desert Southwest delegation present and voting endorsed Rev. Anthony Tang for episcopal office. Rev. Tang has been a leader in Desert Southwest and beyond. He has planted a new church, has been lead pastor and on staff at large churches, and has served as a director of connectional ministries. Anthony is gifted in helping others reach their own leadership potential and is not afraid to share power. He is deeply concerned about justice and worked hard to establish the healing conference culture task force in the Desert Southwest. We are pleased to endorse Anthony’s candidacy.

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