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Dr. Dave Summers, Senior Pastor  

David V. Summers, Ph.D. was appointed Senior Pastor of Paradise Valley United Methodist Church on July 1, 2012. Prior to his appointment, he served for nine years as senior pastor of Tempe First United Methodist Church, a downtown church of 725 members surrounded by Arizona State University. The church has an active college ministry and, under Dave’s leadership, it has created an extensive ministry to the homeless.

Pastor Dave is well respected for his preaching skills and worship leadership, and he is also an excellent administrator. He is nationally known for work in instituting change and has a passion for encouraging spiritual formation in the congregation. Helping people to grow in their faith and connect with God is his greatest passion.

Pastor Dave received his Ph.D. in sociology from Yale University and worked as a management consultant for Fortune 100 companies on projects of strategic planning, innovation and organizational change. He attended seminary at Boston University School of Theology and has been a United Methodist pastor for 27 years. Before returning to Arizona, Dave served churches in Boston, Santa Cruz and Salinas, CA. He took some time off from parish ministry and served as president/CEO of United Way of Monterey County for several years and also worked for a youth violence prevention initiative.

Here in Arizona, he served as chair of the Covenant Council of the Desert Southwest Conference and now chairs the Strategic Planning Team. He was active in the Kiwanis Club of Tempe. He has been on the board of Tempe Community Council and recently received their ©3 award for community leadership. In his spare time, Dave enjoys gardening and making fiery chili.

Dave and his wife, Kim, like to work together as partners in ministry, often leading and teaching. Kim is a registered nurse, who has spent years working in emergency rooms and home care settings. She received her medical training in the Army. She has been actively involved in teaching faith formation classes, leading Stephen Ministry, providing parish nurse activities and supporting the audio-visual ministry in the church. They have four children: (Danielle, who died in 2011), Marc (who is in the Air Force in Okinawa), Lindsey (who works for Nordstrom) and Andrew (who works on the staff of a Christian camp in Santa Cruz, CA.). Kim and Dave are both dog lovers and especially love caring for the three dogs in their household, plus the aquatic turtle and 25 large goldfish in their outdoor pond.


Rev. Andrea Andress, Associate Pastor for Spiritual Formation of Children and Families   

Reverend Andrea works with the Transformational Living Team to provide opportunities for connecting with God through the heart, mind and body practices that assist people in their spiritual journeys. The Enneagram, Spiritual Direction, the Biblical Garden, the Labyrinth and Centering Prayer are major emphases in this work. Andrea is also responsible for ministry to, for and with children, and works with Brenda Smith, the Children’s Ministry Director, as well as the Children’s Ministry Team in leading children and families at PVUMC toward spiritual formation.

Andrea holds a Master's in Religious Education from Asbury Theological Seminary as well as a B.A. in Religion and German from McMurray College in Abilene, TX. Andrea is certified in Christian Education and was ordained as a Diaconal Minister in the Northwest Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1979. She was ordained as a Permanent Deacon in the Desert Southwest Annual Conference in 2000.

Andrea has been a Director of Christian Education in the United Methodist Church since 1979, and has been at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church since June 1998. Before coming to Paradise Valley United Methodist Church, Andrea served as director of Christian Education at First UMC in San Marcos, Texas, for 12 years. While there, she introduced Godly Play and created a Children’s Chapel.

Spiritual Direction:
In 1993-95 Andrea attended Shalem Institute in Spiritual Direction. She offers spiritual direction opportunities for individuals and groups. Shalem Institute is from the contemplative tradition. (www.shalem.org)

Enneagram:
In 2005, Andrea was certified as a teacher with the Enneagram in the Narrative Tradition. The Enneagram is a personality and spiritual development tool that gives people insight into how they relate to God and others and what keeps getting in the way of those relationships. It is an invaluable tool leading to spiritual growth. Individual and class instruction is available. The Church became the home to the Arizona Enneagram Association in 2009 and hosts many shared workshops and classes. (www.azenneagram.com) or Facebook: Arizona Enneagram Association (AEA).

Andrea is a mom and a wife, and enjoys working in her yard, reading and creating through crafts and puzzles.


Rev. Eve Williams, Associate Pastor  

On July 1, 2013, Eve Williams joined us as Associate Pastor. Her responsibilities include guiding our adult education and missions programs. Born in San Francisco, CA, and raised in Las Vegas, NV, Eve grew up in the University United Methodist Church congregation. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Redlands in Redlands, CA, she joined the staff at University UMC, where she worked for 5 years. During that time, she learned a great deal about herself and what it means to be in ministry, as well as the intricacies of working for a church. She also felt a deeper call to ordained ministry that she had been hearing for a long time. After a time of discernment, some of the impact of which she missed until much later, she headed off to Atlanta, GA to attend Candler School of Theology at Emory University in August, 2007. While she worked toward her Masters of Divinity, she was a chaplain at Emory Hospital and an intern at Glenn Memorial UMC on the Emory Campus. She graduated from seminary in 2010, and was appointed to First United Methodist Church of Gilbert in Gilbert, AZ. In June 2012, she was ordained as an Elder at the Annual Conference of the Desert Southwest Conference.

Eve's passions for ministry revolve around spiritual formation and ministries relating to the health and wellness of the mind, body, and spirit. A perpetual learner, Eve says she grows deeper in love with Jesus Christ as she learns more about herself and Christ's way of loving and challenging us to grow in discipleship.

Eve has an 11-year-old son. The two of them share their home with their two cats and a hermit crab. They consider themselves blessed with a very large family, most of whom are not related to them.

Dr. Tom Rough, Administrative Pastor    

Dr. Tom Rough has served as Administrative Pastor of Paradise Valley United Methodist Church since December 1, 2005. Prior to his coming to Paradise Valley, he served twice as Superintendent in the Indiana area. His most recent church was Senior Pastor at High Street United Methodist Church, Muncie, Indiana. He retired after 46 years of ministry in North Indiana.

Tom grew up in Michigan and holds degrees from Indiana Wesleyan and Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary. The University of Indianapolis awarded him a Doctor of Divinity in 1991.

Pastor Rough, in addition to parish ministry, has been very active in the communities where he has served. Community service includes serving as president of the Board of Education, Plymouth Community Schools; president of Rotary; chair of the Salvation Army Board; Chairman of the Police Merit Commission in Michigan City; United Way Board of Directors in South Bend; director at Michigan City Memorial, Gary Methodist, Merrillville Methodist hospitals; Ball Hospital Institutional Review Board; Indianapolis Methodist Hospital Reoganization Task Force; Trustee University of Indianapolis; president of the Oakwood Foundation; director Oakwood Leadership Academy Foundation; and chair of the North Indiana Cabinet twice. He has served as an instructor in the Academy for Community Leadership in Muncie and also as guest lecturer at Ball State University.

He was named Sagamore of the Wabash by Indiana Governor Robert Orr and Distinguished Trustee by the University of Indianapolis. He was nominated and endorsed for the Episcopacy by the North Indiana Conference.

Pastor Rough and his wife, Janet, are the parents of two children, Thomas Edward, who is married to Lisa, and lives in Carefree; and Elizabeth Crispen, who is married to Rodney, and lives in Yorktown, Virginia. They have three grandchildren, Nicola Rough and Livia and Ian Crispen.


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