Our Senior Pastor, the grandson of a Methodist Elder, was born in North Chicago and grew up in Phoenix Arizona. (He moved to Phoenix when he was 6 years old.)
He attended Glendale Community College, The University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University. While studying at Northern Arizona University, he met Geri Dodge; they were married on November 4th, 1978 and have nine children (4 by birth, and 5 by adoption), and nine grandchildren.
Pastor David graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, and later attended graduate school at Princeton Theology Seminary, where he earned his Master of Divinity Degree. He felt a call to Ordained Ministry when he was 16 years old, however he did not act on that call until he was 32.
Pastor David was ordained an Elder in the United Methodist Church in 1992, and has served churches in Camp Verde Arizona, Tucson Arizona, and Las Vegas Nevada. He is trained as a church growth consultant, and has assisted numerous congregations in revitalization.
He has a passion for preaching and teaching, and for encouraging people to answer God’s call upon their lives. Pastor David has also served as the North District Superintendent from 2003-2008 and as Dean of the Cabinet from 2006-2008. Pastor David became the Senior Pastor to Desert Spring UMC, Las Vegas, NV on July 1, 2008.
Joy was born and raised in Goshen, New York and moved to Las Vegas in 2010 to be closer to her daughter, Laura, and son in law Nick. She worked simultaneously for 33 years for the State of New York Court System and the Goshen Fire District.
She was a long time member of the Goshen United Methodist Church, holding several positions including Lay Leader, Sunday School Teacher and Pastor/Staff Parish Relations Team member.
After her first visit to Desert Spring United Methodist Church, she knew this was her new "church home". Her passion is to add a little comfort and sunshine to those who are alone or ill.
Tim graduates from Claremont School of Theology in the Spring of 2018. He has been working with our Youth, and looks forward to full time ministry.
Born in Panama City, Florida, I grew up singing in a small Methodist Church. A love of music was instilled in me by both my father who performed professionally and my mother who sang her faith to me every day. As a result, the message in both word and song became a very important part of my life and I vowed to be as much a communicator in the “song” part as possible.
Musical studies and training brought me into leadership roles wherever God planted me. I found myself engaged as soloist and/or directing music in Charlotte, NC for Park Road United Methodist Church; Atlanta, GA for Grace United Methodist Church; Smithtown, NY for St. Andrews Lutheran and was the Worship Team Leader for Christ Lutheran Church here is Las Vegas for ten years prior to coming to Desert Spring in 2008.
My husband, Ron and I have been in Las Vegas since 1992. We have two daughters: Shana who is a film editor in Atlanta, GA and Stacy who is working toward her doctorate at UCLA.
Cookie Boone has been a part of Desert Spring Church since 2005. She has two daughters, Kendall and Kailey with her husband Mike. She is originally from Buffalo, Missouri where she grew up attending a Methodist Church. She moved to Las Vegas in 1991 to obtain her bachelor’s degree in Hotel Management at UNLV.
Cookie moved to Los Angeles for five years, then returned to Las Vegas in 2001 and began her
new career in education. She substitute taught for two years in Clark County School District while earning her Master’s in Elementary Education. She taught second grade for eight years in the district before taking time off to be a stay at home mom. She looks forward to using her teaching experience to help share in the spiritual growth of Desert Spring’s children.
Julie Hart is the mother of two sons, Lewie and Giovanni. She has worked in child related fields since 1997.
She served five years as Director of Children and Youth Ministries at University United Methodist Church. During her time at UUMC, she was also involved in outreach ministry and the launch of the very first Sidewalk Sunday School in Nevada. She spent one year at UNLV as Protestant Campus Ministry Director at the Interfaith Center. After the birth of her second son, she started a licensed in-home day care, where she provided a loving, nurturing environment for infants and toddlers. . She has been involved in the camping ministry at Potosi Pines Camp since 1997, where she has served as dean and co-dean for Elementary, Jr. High and Sr. High camps. She has spent the last eight years supervising the Background Check Unit for the Clark County Department of Family Services.
She is now on staff at Desert Spring United Methodist Church as Director of Children & Youth Ministries, where she is excited to share her spiritual gifts of faith, hospitality and evangelism.
Kristen has been attending DSUMC since 2010 and since then she has been an active member of youth group, in 2013 she took a role in the Leadership Team. In 2014, She joined the Counselors 4 Christ (C4C) Team, and has become a certified Lay Speaker and Church Council Youth Representative. Kristen is excited to learn and grow in her faith while helping Julie Hart in the Children’s and Youth Ministries.
Andrew Devereaux grew up in Las Vegas, attending Clark High School and focusing all of his efforts in music. He holds many music awards and plays even more instruments. Now he is bringing that drive to the music of Desert Spring. Andrew is married to Ali and has a toddler, Darla Jane.
I serve as Outreach Director, helping our church body extend beyond itself to meaningfully connect with neighbors, strengthen our community and engage the next generations.
My husband Alex and I have two stellar kids, Victoria & Timothy. The best part of my job is meeting newcomers to Desert Spring and helping them make connections with others in our wonderful church.
"Gloria Dei vivens homo. The glory of God is a human being fully alive."
– St. Irenaeus
Voltaire Verzosa, pianist/countertenor, received his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance degree from the University of Montana and his Master of Music in Voice Performance degree from the University of Colorado. He pursued further studies in piano at the Eastman School of Music and at the Dorothy Taubman Piano Institute. Voltaire has performed at the International Bamboo Organ Festival, the Las Vegas International New Music Festival, s'Hertogenbosch Internationaal Vocalisten Concours, the Bach Aria Festival, the Vancouver Early Music Festival Baroque Programme, Amherst Early Music Festival, Las Vegas Music Festival and Seattle Accademia d'Amore. He has won top prizes at the District Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions and Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition. On January 24, 2010, Voltaire made his New York debut at Carnegie Hall as a result of winning first prize in the Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition. He has been a guest countertenor soloist with the Colorado Springs Symphony, the Chiara String Quartet, the Montana Baroque Ensemble, the Philippine Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Baroque Players, the Boulder Philharmonic and the Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society Orchestra, with which he also has performed several times as solo pianist in several piano concertos. Currently, he holds the post of Principal Pianist for the Las Vegas Philharmonic. Also in demand as a collaborative pianist, Voltaire coaches classical vocal repertoire, with special emphasis on Baroque vocal performance practices. He has served as musical director for several local productions in musical theatre. He is presently the pianist for several classical ensembles locally and throughout the Northwest. Voltaire teaches voice and piano privately at his home as well as at the College of Southern Nevada and at Nevada School of the Arts. An all-around musician, his extensive piano and voice background has enabled him to maintain a dual career as solo pianist and singer.
I was born in Yspsilanti MI, the third of four children of Ray and Thelma Trimble. I moved from Michigan to Arizona in 1980 where I met my husband, Ted. We have been married 30 years and have a daughter, Melissa and son, Jeff. Ted and I love dogs, hiking, all kinds of sports and a good dinner out! Because of my husband's job (he is General Manager at Gate Gourmet where they cater the airlines) we have lived in several different cities; Phoenix, San Diego, Las Vegas, Seattle and now we are back in Las Vegas to stay. I have followed in my mothers footsteps and have been secretary to Pastor Michael Anderson at Chandler UMC, financial assistant at San Diego First Church and now have found a place working for you and Pastor Dave here at Desert Spring. I couldn't be happier!
Gail Bowling Gutenmann, age 44. Originally from Pensacola, Florida. Graduate of University of West Florida with a Bachelor's degree in Marketing & Public Relations. Husband, Rick Gutenmann. Son, Anderson Bowling (7th grader Greenspun Jr. High) 30 years experience in the Restaurant & Catering Industry. Enjoys Cooking, Entertaining, Running, Triathlons, Camping, and Learning New Things, Insatiable Curiosity & Lifelong Student.