Who We Are
God’s Love in Action
We are a community of more than 1,400 Christians who gather for worship, education and fellowship at
4455 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, Arizona. It is from this place that we serve our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Alive with the Spirit, we bring God’s Love into action by
- Igniting faith
- Transforming lives
- Creating community.
Love that crosses all barriers and embraces all people.
How We Do Ministry
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church is a congregation in ministry, with the clergy and congregation working together to take Jesus Christ’s message into our community and world. Clergy and staff equip the people of the church, helping them discover their gifts and encouraging them to be involved in ministries where their interests, gifts and abilities intersect with the needs of the church. We honor the contribution of clergy and staff, who are the equippers of ministry, and we claim the ministry of the people of the church, who are in fact Christ’s unpaid servants or disciples.
How We Organize Ourselves as United Methodists
The General Conference, comprised of elected clergy and laity delegates, governs the worldwide United Methodist Church. Our Jurisdictional Conferences bring together United States churches across large geographical areas. Bishops are elected by the delegates of Jurisdictional Conferences and are then assigned to Annual Conferences. Paradise Valley United Methodist Church is in the Desert Southwest Annual Conference, which is part of the Western Jurisdiction. Bishops, together with their cabinets, appoint clergy to local churches or parishes. Individual congregations do not call pastors to their charge, nor do clergy apply for a certain position within the church.
United Methodists have compiled their ideas of how we agree to live together, our understanding of the Church, what is expected of clergy and laity, our theological grounding, and our mission in The Book of Discipline. While we recognize it as our book of law, we do not see it as infallible. The Discipline is amended or clarified at each General Conference.
How We Organize Ourselves at PVUMC
All members and clergy of Paradise Valley United Methodist Church comprise the Church Conference, which meets once a year. The Church Conference elects officers, leaders and ministry team members. The primary governing body elected by Church Conference is the Church Council, which is the administrative and policy-making body of Paradise Valley United Methodist Church. All of the major ministry areas of the church are represented on Church Council.
Reporting to Church Council are Administrative Ministry Teams and Program Ministry Teams. If you are interested in serving on a Ministry Team or learning more about our volunteer opportunities, please go to Volunteers or contact the staff liaison of the Nominating Committee.
A Brief History of Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
In 2010, Paradise Valley United Methodist Church celebrated its 50th anniversary. The church was founded in 1960 with the support of Methodism’s mother church of Arizona, Central Methodist Church. A group of individuals and families from Central acted on the dream of founding a Methodist church in the northeast Valley. Originally, the group met in the Cudia City Studio. Over time, they bought 15 acres of land west of the intersection of Tatum and Lincoln, situated between the Phoenix mountains to the north and Camelback Mountain to the south. At that time, the surrounding area was relatively undeveloped. Our founders’ foresight in securing the land has enabled our church to grow over time to expand our ministries while still being blessed by the beauty of our natural environment.
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church has helped launch other United Methodist congregations, most recently the Desert Mission United Methodist Fellowship in Carefree, Arizona. Today, PVUMC is one of the largest United Methodist churches in the western United States. We embrace our commitment to being a place where “We Bring God’s Love into Action.”