Congratulations, Shea!

Shea Darian is excited to announce that she has accepted a chaplain position at Phoenix Children’s Hospital beginning June 1st. Shea’s ordination is set for Sunday, June 27, 3:00 p.m., at Church of the Palms.

She has blessed this congregation through her grief counseling, her leadership in song and spoken word, and in her kind and gentle spirit. She is a gift to this world.

Read more about Shea’s ministry at

Due to Southwest Conference guidelines for conference events during the Covid-19 pandemic, attendance may be limited. Registration is required on a first come-first served basis. We will confirm your reservation with you before June 27. Register now at this link OR call our registration line at 623.748.3574. Thank you!

Shea Darian passed her ordination interview!

Congratulations to Shea Darian! She unanimously passed her ordination interview with the Southwest Conference (SWC) Committee on Church and Ministry. Wahoo!

The next step is her Ecclesiastical Council. It will be online Sunday, May 2, at 3:00 p.m. That group is composed of representatives of congregations from across the SWC. You are welcome to join that group – register here. Shea will present her ordination paper and defend it at the Ecclesiastical Council. After the quiz time, it will be their time to affirm Shea. Once that happens and she gets a job, she can be ordained.

Read Shea’s portfolio here.

Shea is a gifted person and has blessed this congregation in more ways than we can count. We hope you can join us online to celebrate her ministry Sunday, May 2, at 3:00 p.m.

—Pastor Paul

Debby Stinton’s fantabulous news

UPDATE: Thanks to those who attended and supported Rev. Debby Stinton’s ordination ceremony on January 24. Watch a video of the virtual event HERE.

We celebrate that Debby Stinton has been called to be pastor of West Liberty UCC in West Liberty, Ohio. While we are saddened to see her leave our community, we celebrate with her this new adventure. We will host an ordination (over Zoom) for her on January 24 at 3:00 p.m. 

Register here.

In the meantime, pray for Debby and Russ and for that congregation during this transition.

And don’t miss the goodbye parade on January 17: From the inside of our cars, we’ll share our heartfelt well wishes, thanks, and goodbyes as we drive by Debby before she departs for Ohio.