Rev. Louie Lyon
Office - 520-625-4712
Home - 520-207-1925
Cell - 623-238-8455
My background was not always a Christian one. I grew up In an Orthodox Jewish home and had a Bar Mitzvah at 13. On Palm Sunday, 1972. l was baptized at Westwood United Methodist Church in the Los Angeles area and accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.
Prior to feeling the call to the ministry, I was an elementary schoolteacher for fourteen years in El Segundo, CA and in Paradise Valley, AZ. I graduated from the Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas in 1986.
I had the opportunity to serve a two-point charge on the Texas-Oklahoma border, Savoy & Virginia Point and I also served as an Associate Pastor at Pleasant Mound UMC in Dallas, Texas in the early 1980’s through 1997.
I was senior pastor from 1997-2000 at Desert Chapel UMC in Apache Junction for six years and First Henderson UMC in the Las Vegas area for three years. I also served as an Associate Pastor at Scottsdale UMC for two years where I was responsible for the church's Pastoral Care.
I served as the senior pastor at Green Valley Community Church for eight years. I was blessed to serve our Annual Conference as the Secretary to Annual Conference for seven years. ln that capacity I prepared all the reports and distributed them to all the Lay Members and Clergy Members who attend Annual Conference.
My last appointment was the Directing Pastor of the Greater Sun City Parish, serving as Senior Pastor at Lakeview UMC and overseeing First UMC Sun City and Youngtown UMC.
I have been active in the Emmaus programs and have served as spiritual clergy for 26 walks in Arizona.
On June 30, 2013, l retired from 30 years of appointed ministry in the United Methodist Church. Since retiring I have served two interim appointments and now after prayerful discernment, I agreed to serve this church again for one year.
ln my role in ministry I worked with the seniors, children, and shut-ins. You might ask why I am sharing this information with you, well it all boils down to this... I have always considered myself as a pastor, one who is there to look after the congregation I was assigned to. As a pastor, I always want to know if there are any congregation needs or concerns and will make myself available to meet with you. Nothing bothered me more than to find out after the fact that someone had a need or was in the hospital and didn't tell me because they didn't want to bother me. Dear ones, if you find yourself ill, in the hospital or have a need I want you to know that while I am serving as your pastor I am as close as your telephone and can be reached anytime.
Rev. Beverly Devine
Office - 520-625-4712
Cell - 602-361-4498
“Grateful for 3 months of abundant blessings!” That is my response when asked about my new appointment to The United Methodist Church of Green Valley. In this whirlwind of transition, the calming assurance of God’s hand in my appointment has been apparent each day. This power of the Spirit is evident in the dedication, words, and actions of this congregation. Jesus has welcomed me through the eyes, hands, smiles, hugs, prayers, encouragement, collaboration, involvement, information, interest, enthusiasm, and trust offered.
It is my privilege to serve God, this congregation and the community here in my new life. One important highlight of this experience is serving beside Rev. Louie Lyon, Senior Pastor. Together, we share the many responsibilities of pastoral leadership and the most precious ministries of pastoral care through counsel, visitation and by offering thoughtful and relational worship experiences.
Much of our time, so far, is in meetings. First, I mean meeting each other in a variety of settings where we engage in conversation, prayer, break bread, share information, listen to each other’s stories, hold each other accountable, and encourage increased faith, hope, and love through study, worship, and action together.
Secondly, I mean “meetings” where we exchange history and hopes for the future, ideas, dreams, struggles, and shared commitment for this church’s ministry based on our individual and corporate experiences. We prayerfully enfold each meeting with the intention of listening for and responding to God’s love and call on our ministries.
While listening, I am hearing the hearts and thoughts of each person. The many faces of this new “family” are memorable while name retention is more difficult. I am grateful for the grace offered by the disciples here…and for the humor!
Christian Education, with leaders and learners of all ages, is a vital and valued segment of our community. The enthusiasm of the leaders and conviction of learners to get fall classes going inspires me.
Our Caring Ministries efforts bring me full circle to my ministries prior to God’s call to ordained ministry. Through these, and the many other components of our congregation, I have already witnessed the deep compassion, sincere empathy, and active testimony. I believe the faithful disciples here will expand awareness of God’s presence and power and, together with Jesus, we disciples will transform the world. The best is yet to come. Here we go! Alleluia!
Pastor Jane Koss
Pastor of Church Growth
After retiring from ministry at Sussex, New Jersey, I visited Arizona in December 2008 and found Green Valley and the United Methodist Church of Green Valley. I knew beyond a shadow of doubt this would become my church home. I found and married my long lost high school sweetheart David Koss in 2009.
I have enjoyed teaching Disciple Bible Study, participating with the UMW, helping to make breakfast for the UMM and singing in the chancel choir. I enjoy leading worship in local Nursing Homes and visiting those who are hospitalized with my husband, David.
Since becoming the Pastor of Church Growth, I have enjoyed meeting and greeting new people and encouraging them to become a part of our church family. I look forward to meeting anyone who wants to know my church more, because we are a Family.
I wish all new comers will contact me and discover Jesus is here.