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
Blessings to you in this new season as a church family and faith community!
I arrive as your associate pastor looking forward to sharing sacred space and meaningful ministries as we continue our faithful discipleship. Together, we will pray, study, worship, and act to make new disciples of Christ for the transformation of the world. I am confident that God is opening a new door for me and us.
I tend to live with a sense of expectancy and hopefulness. Trusting in the Holy Spirit’s presence and power among us, and seeking to live God’s purpose, I am delighted to be here with you and blessed to be serving with Rev. Louie Lyon, senior pastor.
I was born and raised in Orange, California and grew up in the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Then, in the 1970s-90s, while living in Paso Robles, California, I was an active and enthusiastic member of the United Methodist Church raising my two daughters in a loving and faithful congregation. Now, Julie and my grandsons, Evan (4) and Eli (1) live in Tempe and Jenny and my grandchildren, Nathaniel (16) and Molly (13) live in Mesa.
My vocations during those years included: hairdresser, office manager, professional singer and self-employed with “Computer Expressions” promotion design.
Then, in 1992, I heard an audible “call” from the Lord to pursue ordained ministry. Trusting in God’s grace in the past has called me to step forward in faith each day with energy and enthusiasm.
In answer to my call, I entered a 7-year education program beginning at Chapman University (1994-1998), then completed my graduate studies, earning my Master of Divinity degree at Pacific School of Religion (1998-2001). Graduation from seminary coincided with my 50th birthday!
In addition to my academic pursuits, I completed 5 units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek, CA and Good Samaritan Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ. I completed my ordination process with the United Methodist Church in 2007.
Previous ministries: Camp Verde UMC, senior pastor; North Scottsdale UMC, associate pastor; The Beatitudes Campus Retirement Community, chaplain; Infinity Hospice Care, chaplain; Epworth UMC, Phoenix, senior pastor.
And here I am, blessed to be Associate Pastor at UMC of Green Valley beginning July 1, 2017. Together, we will step into the future with new (or renewed) faith that influences our families, friends, neighbors and even, strangers.
May our testimonies of God’s steadfast love and encourage others to step forward to meet this glorious God we proclaim!
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.