Clergy Bios

Rev. Dr. David V. Summers

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


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 in the banking industry in New York City) 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 dogs in their household, plus the aquatic turtle and large fish in their outdoor koi pond.

Rev. Brenda Smith

Deacon and Director of Family Ministry
602-840-8360, ext. 141



Brenda joined the PVUMC staff in 2012. She was employed part-time as the Director of Children’s Ministry for ages 3 years to 6th Grade, and part-time as the Young Adult Ministry Coordinator. She also helped coordinated Open Table programs here at the church and in cooperation with other churches.

On June 17, Brenda was ordained as a Deacon in the United Methodist Church as part of the Desert Southwest Annual Conference. Currently, she serves full time as Deacon and Director of Family Ministry, which includes children’s ministries, the PVUMC Preschool Board, young adult ministries, and church fellowship. She also oversees The Open Table, a ministry that began at PVUMC and is now a faith-based, nationwide movement, bringing transformation to individuals through relationships.

Brenda has a Master’s in Children and Family Ministry from Bethel University Seminary in St. Paul, and has served in this ministry for over 15 years and in several churches. She has also worked with Young Adults for about five years, and launched two Young Adult ministry programs. On June 20, 2015, Brenda was commissioned as part of the Annual Conference at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa. Commissioning, making her a provisional member of the Desert Southwest Conference with the title of Reverend. The two-year commissioning period was a time of learning and preparation with an assigned peer group who guided and advised Brenda. Ordination followed in 2017. Brenda has a Master of Arts in children and family ministry from Bethel Seminary, St. Paul, MN, and she completed her UMC Basic Graduate Theological Studies for Deacon from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in May 2014.

Christopher Wurpts

Associate Pastor of Modern Worship and Discipleship
602-840-8360, ext. 130




Christopher was appointed as a local pastor to PVUMC by the Desert Southwest Conference Bishop Robert Hoshibata in August 2018. As the Associate Pastor of Modern Worship and Discipleship, he works with the Ignite worship community at PVUMC, as well as overseeing the adult discipleship and missions programs of the larger church. Christopher was formerly the youth director at PVUMC for five years before his appointment. He was awarded a BA in religion and visual art from Northwestern College in Orange City, IA and earned a certificate in youth and theology from Princeton Theological Seminary’s Institute for Youth Ministry. He has over ten years of ministry experience. Christopher and his wife, Ingrid, moved to Phoenix from the Midwest.

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