2016 Delegates

General Conference

 Rev. Dan Hurlbert

Clergy Delegate: Rev. Dan Hurlbert was born and raised in Phoenix. He became involved in the connection as a youth attending conference and serving on committees through high school. During college camping ministry helped him discern his call. Dan has served on the board of ordained ministry 12 years. 5 as chair.

 Rev. Anthony Tang

Reserve Clergy Delegate: Rev. Anthony Tang was born and raised in Phoenix. He is a UA Wildcat and ASU Sun Devil and has pastored churches in Tempe, Chandler and Vegas before appointed as Director of Connectional Ministries. He is married to Katherine, a hospital chaplain & CPE supervisor. They have two dogs: Bailey & Pecas.

 Jim Nibbelink

Lay Delegate: Jim Nibbelink is head of our DSC delegation and is attending his fifth General Conference. He brings broad experience in leadership, having served as Conference Lay Leader in two Conferences and as a Director of the General Board of Church and Society. Jim delivered the Laity Address at General Conference 2000. Jim enjoys travel, skiing and theological studies.

 Billie Fidlin

Reserve Lay Delegate: Billie Fidlin, DSCUMC Director of Outreach, staffs the areas of justice and mission. She's interested in General Board of Church & Society and General Board of Global Ministries legislation pertaining to the Church in the West, as well as issues facing Native Americans, and denomination response. Third time elected to General Conference (2004/2008).

Jurisdictional Conference

 Rev. Elizabeth Rambikur

Clergy Delegate: Rev. Elizabeth Rambikur

Rev. Sharon Ragland

Clergy Delegate: Rev. Sharon Ragland is the Senior Pastor of St. Mark’s UMC, Tucson, and is completing eight years on the UMC’s General Council on Finance and Administration. She previously served as the Central East District Superintendent in our Conference, and was a delegate in General Conference in 2008. She lives in Tucson with her husband, Art.

Rev. Javier Olivares

Clergy Delegate: Rev. Javier Olivares is the Senior Pastor at CrossRoads UMC, Phoenix, AZ serving his second year. An Elder since 2006. Born and raised in the U.S and Mexico. He attended GC before in 2008 as an observer. He says, "I’m a reserve delegate, working with Discipleship. I’m excited about this opportunity to represent you and will do my best."

 Rev. Nancy Cushman

Clergy Alternate: Rev. Nancy Cushman is the Senior Pastor of North Scottsdale UMC and the Desert Southwest Conference Secretary. Recently her church started a new ministry matching youth in the foster care system with employers in the congregation. She also volunteers with Hope for the Hopeless, a ministry to street children in Ethiopia.

Rev. Candace Lansberry

Clergy Alternate: Rev. Candace Lansberry has served 20 years in lay ministry. Ordained deacon in 1994, elder in 1997, MDiv from Claremont School of Theology. Serving as a cluster youth coordinator, then pastor of Haven UMC gave Candace the grounding needed for youth ministry, church planting, then District Superintendent 7 years. Currently Lead Pastor at Desert Skies UMC, Tucson, AZ.

 Marjie Hrabe

Lay Delegate: Marjie Hrabe says, "I always felt I was a part of history. Since becoming a Deaconess I recognize I ,and all of us, are called to MAKE history. We have some major decision to make for the church's future. I want to make sure we are history makers!"

Diana Volere

 Lay Delegate: Diana Marie Volere

Paul Gomez

 Lay Delegate: Paul Gomez

Matthew Harriss

 Lay Alternate: Matthew Harris

Danielle Coyco

 Lay Alternate: Danielle Coyco