Southwest Conference Staff
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Conference Minister: Rev. Dr. William (Bill) Lyons
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Rev. Dr. Bill Lyons was ordained on October 13, 1985 and has more than 30 years of pastoral experience in local church, state prison, and hospital settings. He was called as the settled conference minster in May, 2017 after serving a designated term for one year and four months.
Dr. Lyons serves on the Arizona Attorney General's Clergy Council and is a member of that group's committee on the opioid crisis. He is a board member for Arizona Faith Network and the New Mexico Conference of Churches. He offers workshops on managing transition, creating cultures of generosity, strategic planning and other topics purposed to equip clergy and local congregations for excellent ministry.
He is a graduate of Kentucky Christian University (BA, '86), The University of St. Joseph (MA, '93), Cincinnati Christian Seminar (MDiv, '98), and McCormick Theological Seminary (DMin, '13). His most recent article, Bringing Jesus' Compassion to an Evil Situation, was published in Sojourners in June, 2018. He has also written articles on gun violence and prison ministry.
Bill enjoys reading mystery and magical fantasy. He is the father of three children, and dotes over his three grandchildren. He and his partner of 17 years, Ron, enjoy cooking, hiking, camping, and biking.
Associate Conference Minister: Rev. Dr. Barbara Doerrer-Peacock
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Rev. Dr. Barbara Doerrer-Peacock has been in the Southwest Conference since 1994. She and her husband Rich served as co-pastors at the Chino Valley Community Church and South Mountain Community Church. She served as intentional interim at Scottsdale Congregational UCC and at Desert Heritage Church. She also served associate pastor at Velda Rose United Methodist Church in Mesa. Between 1998 and 2008, she was one of the adjunct staff of the Southwest Conference serving in various capacities including stewardship, church renewal, and five years as camp director. She was ordained in the Wisconsin Conference in 1985. She and her husband Rich have three grown children, one granddaughter, and a strong-willed terrier.
Executive Assistant to the Conference Minister: Genevieve Benham
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Genevieve has been active in the Southwest Conference as the organist and pianist at Encanto Community Church since September of 2013. Preferring the serene heat of the desert, she moved to Phoenix from Minneapolis, Minnesota after many hard, cold winters. Genevieve has been active in Music Ministry since middle school and has always had a passion for congregational singing and collaborative music making. Additionally, she brings years of experience in retail management, team building, product and sales knowledge, training, development, and mortgage banking. She is excited to be bringing all these diverse skills together to serve as the Southwest Conference! Genevieve lives in Central Phoenix with three beautiful rescue kitties and is happy to call the UCC home.
Rev. Liana Rowe, in the SWC as a member of Shadow Rock UCC since 1996, was ordained as the SWC Associate for Justice and Witness Ministries in 2005. Her service to community organizations focusing on human and civil rights include Interfaith Worker Justice; the Friends Committee on National Legislation; Humane Borders; No More Deaths Organizing Committee; bilingual PFLAG Organizing Committee; and on the board of directors for Somos America/We are America. She received the Phoenix Human Relations Commission’s Dr Martin Luther King Jr “Living the Dream” Award in 2011.
Liana received her BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois (1980), her MBA from ASU (1989) and her M.Div. from Claremont School of Theology (2005). She and her husband Bryan have lived in North Phoenix for 35 years and have three grown children and a Belgian Tervuren “rescue” named Ruger, who claims the whole family as his own.
Relational Communications Coordinator: Wende Gonzales
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Telecommuting from Tucson, Wende has helped spiritual communities with their online presence and communication since 2014, after 21 years as accountant & office manager. She’s active at Saguaro Christian Church (DOC) as a member of the postmodern worship team, band vocalist, elder, and camp director/counselor. She has an obsolete degree in systems analysis & design, and perpetually continues her education in the ever-changing world of social media marketing and management. Wende and her husband Tony have two grown children. She began contracting with the SWC in 2015, and joined the staff in 2017.
Authorized Ministers for the Southwest Conference setting
Lay Minister for Disability Education, Advocacy, and Awareness: Michael Curry
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Authorized at our 2019 Annual Meeting, Michael is thrilled to serve in this capacity. As a graduate of Ohio Christian University, he earned both his AA degree in Christian Ministry (2012) and BA in Leadership and Ministry (2015). Michael is certified as a Peer and Recovery Support Specialist in Arizona. In 2004, Michael was presented with the Mental Health Awareness Coalition Festival Elton George Armstrong Award for outstanding leadership in promoting the concept of Recovery. He’s available to walk with and guide you and your church through the accessibility audit, lead study groups, assist with church publications, and is most excited to lead worship and preach on Sunday mornings throughout the Southwest Conference.
Commissioned Minister for Reimagining and Connecting with the God of One's Own Understanding: Gordon Street
bio and photo coming soon
Commissioned Minister for Faith and Money : Nancy Ackley
bio and photo coming soon