Desert Southwest Conference (

1550 E. Meadowbrook Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85014-4040
Toll Free Phone: (800) 229-8622
Phone: (602) 266-6956
Fax: (602) 266-5343

Education & Honors

D.Min., Claremont School of Theology, 1977
B.A. Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, 1973 with high honors
Crusade Scholar, 1974-1977
Post-graduate study, Vancouver School of Theology, 1984
Post-graduate study, Pacific School of Religion, 1979
Participant: Diversity in the Workplace seminar
National Urban Ministry Seminar
Eric Law Diversity Workshop


Bishop of the Oregon-Idaho Annual (Regional) Conference, Sept. 1, 2004-2012
Dean of the Cabinet, Pacific Northwest Annual (Regional) Conference, 2002-Aug. 2004
Seattle District Superintendent, 1998-Aug. 2004
Senior Pastor, Blaine Memorial UMC, Seattle, Washington, 1984-1998
Senior Pastor, North Gardena UMC, Gardena, California, 1977-1984
Ordained Elder, Pacific and Southwest Annual Conference, 1979
Ministerial Intern, Kahalu`u UMC, Parker UMC, Palolo UMC, Hawaii, 1974-1975
Ordained Deacon, Pacific and Southwest Annual Conference, 1974
Youth Minister, North Gardena UMC, 1973-1974 and 1975-1977
Youth Minister, First Congregational Church, Portland, Connecticut, 1970-1971

Other Relevant Denominational Experience

Chairperson, Pacific Northwest Vision and Planning Task Force, 1997-1998
Chairperson, Pacific Northwest Cross-Racial Appointment Task Force, 1996-1998
Member, Board of Ordained Ministry, 1992-2004
Chairperson, Pacific Northwest Annual (Regional) Conference Worship Committee, 1997-1998
Chairperson, National Japanese-American UM Caucus, 1981-1983
Teacher, United Methodist Women’s School of Christian Missions, 1990 and 2004
Preacher, Pacific Northwest Annual (Regional) Conference 1990, 1996, 2004

General and Jurisdictional United Methodist Church Involvement

Worship Planning Team for 2012 General Conference 2008 – 2011
General Board of Church & Society Board President, 2013 – 2016 (Vice-Chair 2008 – 2012)
Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops, President, 2008 – 2011
Worship Planning Team for 2008 General Conference, 2004 – 2008
General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, 2004-2008
General Council on Ministries, 1996-2000 and 2000-2004
Vice President, General Council on Ministries, 1996-2000
World Division, Board of Global Ministries, 1980-1984
General Conference and Jurisdictional Conferences, 1996, 2000, 2004
Western Jurisdiction Leadership Team, 2000-2004
Western Jurisdiction Task Force on Theological Education and Ministry, 2003
Western Jurisdiction Asian-American Coordinating Committee, 1980, 1981
Western Jurisdiction Congregational Development Team, 2016-2020
Western Jurisdiction Transforming Ministry 4, 2016-2020
Western Jurisdiction UMW Event, 2016-2020

Ecumenical Involvement

Member, Ecumenical Dialogue Group on Clergy Sexual Misconduct
Participant, Ecumenical Dialogue on Urban Homelessness
Advisory Board, Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry
Participant, Ecumenical Missionary Conference, Amagi Sanso, Japan, 1983
Participant, Jewish-Christian Dialogue on the Middle East
Advisory Board, Atlantic Street Center, Seattle, Washington

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