Southwest Conference Committees and General Synod Delegates


Committee on Church and Ministry

Committee members deliberate and authorize ministerial and church standing according to the policies and practices of the Southwest Conference and the United Church of Christ. The committee meets 8 or 9 times a year. Members give leadership to ordinations, installations and ecclesiastical councils, are able to maintain confidentiality, have a self-awareness around what is believed about the nature of church and of ministry, a capacity to assess persons’ fitness for ministry and make clear decisions, sometimes in a very difficult situation. Term of office: 3 years

Section A:

Class of 2018
Margaret Douglas, Oro Valley UCC, Oro Valley, AZ
Rev. Ken Heintzelman, Shadow Rock UCC, Phoenix, AZ
Rev. Tina Squire, Community Christian, Tombstone, AZ

Class of 2019
Marcia Harris, First Congregational UCC, Albuquerque, NM
Rev. Jayne Hubbard, Black Mountain UCC, Scottsdale, AZ
Diana Winston, Scottsdale Congregational, Scottsdale, AZ

Class of 2020
Rev. David Buss, Rincon Congregational UCC, Tucson, AZ
Rev. Gail Joralemon, First Congregational Church, Albuquerque, NM
Rev. Jay Wilcher, First Congregational, Prescott, AZ
Christine Sternberg, Casas Adobes Congregational UCC, Tucson, AZ

Section B:

Class of 2018
Rev. Sharon Littrell, St. Paul's UCC, Rio Rancho, NM
Nora Roberts, Peace UCC, El Paso, TX
Rev. Paul Whitlock, Church of the Palms, Sun City, AZ

Class of 2019
Rev. Barb Doerrer-Peacock, Desert Heritage, Mesa, AZ
Mike Holmberg, Rincon UCC, Tucson, AZ
Rev. Sue Joiner, First Congregational UCC, Albuquerque, NM

Class of 2020
Joyce Schneider, Shadow Rock UCC, Phoenix, AZ
Brendan Mahoney, First Congregational UCC, Phoenix, AZ
Rev. Diane Thomas, Faith United Community Church, Flagstaff, AZ

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee members make all nominations for Officers and other elected persons. They should represent the diversity of the Conference; have a clear knowledge of Conference and local church members, the ability to maintain confidentiality, to evaluate people fairly, to articulate the nature of tasks to prospective nominees and to encourage them to be involved. Term of office: 2 years

Maria Elena Barron, Peace UCC, El Paso, TX (SNM/EP)
Rev. Rich Doerrer-Peacock, Desert Heritage, Mesa, AZ (CAZ)
Kim Johnston, First Congregational, Phoenix, AZ (CAZ)
John Leung, First Congregational, Flagstaff, AZ (NAZ)
Gordon Nelson, St. Paul's UCC, Rio Rancho, NM (NNM)
Susan S. Whitney, Casa Adobes Congregational, Tucson, AZ

Personnel Committee

The committee members are responsible for the maintenance and administration of the personnel policies, ensuring that the employment, supervision, development, recognition and separation of all Conference employees are fair, uniform and consistent with policy. Members are responsible for the biennial evaluation of the Conference Minister, must be able to maintain confidentiality and to interpret policies and guidelines as they apply to staff. Term of office: 3 years

Roxanne Maloney, Scottsdale Congregational, Scottsdale, AZ (CAZ)
Karyn Hott, Desert Palm, Tempe, AZ (CAZ)

Beth Gordon, Faith United Community Church, Dewey, AZ (NAZ)

Ron Schilling, Scottsdale Congregational UCC, Scottsdale, AZ

General Synod Delegates

Delegates attend two biennial meetings of the United Church of Christ General Synod over four years. They should be very active in their local church and have demonstrated a genuine interest in the life and work of the wider church (conference and beyond), must be able to handle complex issues and be willing to interpret what happens at the Synod to various settings in the Conference.

Frank Fox, Desert Palm, Tempe, AZ
Jean-Marie Huisjen, Casa Adobes Congregational, Tucson, AZ

Rev. Sue Joiner, First Congregational UCC, Albuquerque, NM
Scott Rowe, Shadow Rock UCC, Phoenix, AZ
Pamela Shepherd, United Church of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM


NAZ: Northern Arizona
CAZ: Central Arizona
SAZ: Southern Arizona
NNM: Northern New Mexico
SNM/EP: Southern New Mexico and El Paso, Texas