Clergy Bios

Rev. Dr. David V. Summers

Senior Pastor
602-840-8360, ext. 131
480-205-6217 (Cell)

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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 surrounded by Arizona State University.

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 since 1986. Before returning to Arizona, Dave served churches in Boston, Santa Cruz, Salinas and Carmel, 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 as director of policy and resource development. He was president of the Interfaith Disaster Recovery Project following the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989 that led recovery efforts throughout northern Santa Cruz County.

Pastor Dave is well respected for his preaching skills and worship leadership. He has written and conducted numerous workshops on managing change and creating spiritual formation in the congregation. Here in Arizona, he served as chair of the Covenant Council of the Desert Southwest Conference and now chairs the Strategic Planning Team. He has been on the board of the Tempe Community Council and received their ©3 award for community leadership. His past churches have received awards for diversity, recognition from HUD for housing services for the homeless and the Conference’s Church Multiplication Award.

Pastor Dave has a strong interest in leading dynamic worship and building the church’s mission and vision to reach our secular culture. Helping people to meet and know the living God in their faith is vital to his ministry.

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 Florida), Lindsey (who works for the boutique Alice and Olivia in New York) 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 13 large fish in their outdoor koi pond.


Rev. Eve Williams 

Associate Pastor
602-840-8360, ext. 130

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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 a 12-year-old son. The two of them share their home with their two cats, a dog, fish and a hermit crab. They consider themselves blessed with a very large family, most of whom are not related to them.


Rev. Andrea Andress

Associate Pastor for Spiritual Formation of Children and Families
602-840-8360, ext. 142

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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. She 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 also works with the Caring Ministry Team.

Andrea holds a Master’s in Religious Education from Asbury Theological Seminary as well as a BA in Religion and German from McMurray University in Abilene, TX. Certified in Christian Education, she served as a Diaconal Minister 1979-1998 in Texas. Andrea came to PVUMC in 1998 after serving 12 years at First UMC in San Marcos, Texas. She was ordained as a Permanent Deacon in the Desert Southwest Annual Conference in 2000.

Spiritual Direction

In 1993-95 Andrea attended Shalem Institute in Spiritual Direction. She offers spiritual direction opportunities for individuals and groups.

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.