PNW Conference Appointments

Through a process of consultation, discernment and prayer, the Pacific Northwest Conference Cabinet completed the appointments and assignments for the 2021-2022 conference year.


New Appointment Announcements

The following appointments and assignments are listed in reverse chronological order based upon their announcement to the conference.

Rev. Rich Füss as pastor of Bellevue First UMC

Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky intends to appoint the Rev. Rich Füss as pastor of First United Methodist Church in Bellevue, WA, beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Fuss, an ordained elder in the Oregon-Idaho Conference, currently serves as pastor of Langley UMC. It was previously announced that Bellevue First’s current pastor, Rev. Phil Antilla, will serve Wallingford UMC beginning in July.

Rev. Rich Fuss

Rev. Alexa Eisenbarth to the South Sound Cooperative as associate pastor of Olympia First UMC

Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky intends to appoint the Rev. Alexa Eisenbarth to the South Sound Cooperative as associate pastor of First United Methodist Church in Olympia, Washington, beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Eisenbarth currently serves as planter/innovator of Orting UMC. It was previously announced that Olympia’s current associate, Rev. Amanda Nicol, will serve Community UMC in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, beginning in July.

Rev. Rich Fuss

Announcing Three Rivers Circuit

Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky announces the formation of the new Three Rivers Circuit including Castle Rock United Methodist Church, Longview United Methodist Church and Kelso United Methodist Presbyterian Church.

  • She intends to appoint the Rev. Allison Mattocks to the Three Rivers Circuit part-time as lead pastor of the Castle Rock and Longview United Methodist churches in southwest Washington, beginning July 1, 2022.
Rev. Allison Mattocks
  • She also intends to appoint the Rev. Vonda McFadden to the Three Rivers Circuit full-time as lead pastor of Kelso United Methodist Presbyterian Church in Kelso, Washington, beginning July 1, 2022.
Rev. Vonda McFadden

Rev. Susan Boegli as pastor of Mason UMC

Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky intends to appoint the Rev. Susan Boegli as pastor of Mason United Methodist Church in Tacoma, Washington beginning July 1, 2022. Rev. Boegli is currently serving as pastor of Battle Ground United Methodist Church.

Mason UMC’s current pastor, Rev. Thomas Irby, is moving into extension ministry as a chaplain.

Rev. Susan Boegli

Rev. Sandy Ward as pastor of Manito UMC

Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky intends to appoint the Rev. Sandy Ward as pastor of Manito United Methodist Church in Spokane, Washington beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Ward is currently appointed to the South Sound UM Cooperative as pastor of Tumwater United Methodist Church and as minister of visitation for First UMC of Olympia.

Rev. Sandy Ward

Rev. Phil Antilla as pastor of Wallingford UMC

Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky intends to appoint the Rev. Phil Antilla as pastor of Wallingford United Methodist Church in Seattle, Washington beginning July 1, 2022. Rev. Antilla currently serves as pastor on Bellevue First United Methodist Church.

Wallingford UMC’s current pastor, the Rev. Paul Corner, is leaving local church ministry for a teaching vocation.

Rev. Phil Antilla

Rev. Vangie Rand as pastor of Rochester UMC

Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky intends to appoint the Rev. Vangie Rand as pastor of Rochester United Methodist Church in Rochester, Washington beginning July 1, 2022.

She will continue to serve as pastor of Centralia United Methodist Church with this appointment establishing a new two-point charge.

Rev. Vangie Rand

Rev. Damian Carruthers as pastor of Cheney UMC

Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky intends to appoint the Rev. Damian Carruthers as pastor of Cheney United Methodist Church in Cheney, WA, beginning August 14, 2022.

Rev. Carruthers is an elder in the South Germany Annual Conference and has served several churches there. It was previously announced that Cheney UMC’s current pastor, Rev. Alissa Bertsch, will serve at Spokane Valley UMC beginning in July.

Rev. Damian Carruthers

Rev. Dr. Darryn Hewson as pastor of Bryn Mawr UMC

Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky intends to appoint the Rev. Dr. Darryn Hewson as pastor of Bryn Mawr United Methodist Church in Seattle, Washington, beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Dr. Hewson is currently appointed to Fall City United Methodist Church. Bryn Mawr’s current interim pastor, Rev. Dr. Kathryn Morse, will return to retired status in July.

Rev. Dr. Darryn Hewson

Rev. Kimberly (Kim) Poer as pastor of Woodinville Community UMC

Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky intends to appoint the Rev. Kimberly (Kim) Poer as pastor of Woodinville Community United Methodist Church in Woodinville, Washington, beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Poer is an ordained elder from the Texas Annual Conference. Woodinville Community UMC’s current pastor, Rev. Kim Fields, has been serving the church in retirement since July of 2021.

Rev. Kim Poer

Rev. Kendra Behn-Smith to Goldendale UMC in addition to White Salmon UMC

Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky intends to appoint the Rev. Kendra Behn-Smith to Goldendale United Methodist Church in addition to White Salmon United Methodist Church, beginning July 1, 2022. She will serve each church 1/2 time.

Rev. Behn-Smith is currently appointed to White Salmon UMC. Goldendale UMC’s current pastor, Rev. Joyce O’Connor-Magee, will retire in July.

Rev. Kendra Behn-Smith

Rev. Amanda Nicol as pastor of Community United Methodist Church in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky intends to appoint the Rev. Amanda Nicol as pastor of Community United Methodist Church in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Nicol has been appointed to the South Sound Cooperative as associate pastor of First United Methodist Church of Olympia, Washington, since 2019. In January, Community UMC’s current pastor, Rev. Heather Seman, announced that she would be requesting family leave beginning July 1, 2022, after serving the church for 16 years.

Rev. Amanda Nicol

Rev. Ric Shewell as pastor of Faith United Methodist Church

Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky intends to appoint the Rev. Ric Shewell as pastor of Faith United Methodist Church in Sammamish, Washington, beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Shewell, an ordained elder in the Oregon-Idaho Conference, currently serves as pastor of Christ UMC in Portland, Oregon. The Rev. Elizabeth Ingram Schindler, Faith UMC’s current pastor, has requested Sabbatical Leave beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Ric Shewell

Rev. Jeffrey Mullinix as pastor of Des Moines United Methodist Church

Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky intends to appoint the Rev. Jeffrey Mullinix as pastor of Des Moines United Methodist Church in Des Moines, Washington, beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Mullinix, an ordained elder in the Pacific Northwest Conference received by transfer from the West Ohio Conference in 2020, is presently serving at Foothills UMC in Bonney Lake, Washington. The Rev. Pam Osborne has been serving Des Moines UMC as interim pastor since January of 2021.

Rev. Jeffrey Mullinix

Rev. Kay Barckley as Deacon at Queen Anne UMC

Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky announces her appointment of Rev. Kay Barckley as Deacon supporting worship and spiritual formation, part-time, at Queen Anne United Methodist Church in Seattle, Washington, beginning March 1, 2022.

Rev. Barckley was previously appointed at University Temple UMC in Seattle, Washington.

Rev. Kay Barckley

Rev. Deborah ‘Desi’ Larson as pastor of Sequim: Trinity United Methodist Church

Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky intends to appoint the Rev. Deborah ‘Desi’ Larson as pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in Sequim, Washington, beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Larson is ordained elder in the Oregon-Idaho Conference who is currently serving as pastor of Ashton Community UMC in Ashton, Idaho. The Rev. Joey Olson has been serving Trinity UMC since September 1, 2021.

Rev. Desi Larson

Rev. Dr. Troy Lynn Carr to serve in extension ministry with the General Commission on Religion and Race

Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky intends to appoint the Rev. Dr. Troy Lynn Carr to serve in extension ministry with the General Commission on Religion and Race in the position of Cross-Racial Cross-Cultural Leadership and Partnerships Senior Specialist, beginning April 4, 2022.

Rev. Dr. Carr will develop curriculum and resources and present strategies for cross-racial and multicultural issues or concerns to conferences and churches. This year, she has been appointed to the Yesler Neighborhood Project in Seattle, Washington.

Rev. Dr. Troy Lynn Carr

Rev. Heather Sparkman to serve the South Sound Co-operative as senior pastor at First UMC of Olympia

Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky intends to appoint the Rev. Heather Sparkman to serve the South Sound Co-operative as senior pastor at First United Methodist Church of Olympia, Washington, beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Sparkman is currently appointed to the Steamboat Island new church start and has been active in collaboration with the Sound Sound Co-operative. First UMC of Olympia’s current pastor, Rev. Peter Perry, will retire in July having served as pastor since 2014.

Rev. Heather Sparkman

Rev. Alissa Bertsch as pastor of Spokane Valley United Methodist Church

Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky intends to appoint the Rev. Alissa Bertsch as pastor of Spokane Valley United Methodist Church in Spokane, WA, beginning July 1, 2022.

Rev. Bertsch is currently appointed to Cheney United Methodist Church where she has served as pastor since 2014. Spokane Valley UMC’s current pastor, Rev. Mike Graef, will retire in July having served as pastor since 2010.

Rev. Alissa Bertsch

Rev. Joanne Coleman Campbell as Interim Pastor of Edmonds United Methodist Church

Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky intends to appoint the Rev. Joanne Coleman Campbell as interim pastor of Edmonds United Methodist Church in Edmonds, WA, beginning February 1, 2022, through June 30, 2022.

Rev. Coleman Campbell most recently served as district superintendent of the Seven Rivers Missional District until her retirement this past summer. Edmonds UMC’s current pastor, Rev. Jenny Smith, will begin personal leave on February 1, 2022.

Rev. Jim Simpson

Rev. Jim Simpson as Interim Pastor of Selah United Methodist Church

Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky intends to appoint the Rev. Jim Simpson as Interim Pastor of Selah United Methodist Church in Selah, WA, beginning December 1, 2021.

Rev. Simpson is a retired elder member of the Pacific Northwest Conference. He last served as pastor of Bethany United Methodist Church in Tacoma, WA, from 2019 to 2021.

Rev. Jim Simpson

Rev. Yvonne Agduyeng as Pastor of Redmond United Methodist Church

Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky intends to appoint the Rev. Yvonne Agduyeng as Pastor of Redmond United Methodist Church in Redmond, WA, beginning February 1, 2022.

Rev. Agduyeng is currently serving as one of the pastors of First United Methodist Church in Seattle. Redmond’s current pastor, Rev. Lara Bolger, is requesting sabbatical leave beginning February 1.

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