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 thirteen 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.
Katie Beall was born in Plano, Texas. She moved to Las Vegas when she was 9 years old, where she began attending Desert Spring Church.
Katie grew up singing in choirs, performing in musicals, dancing, attending concerts & worship festivals and was inspired by everything surrounding music and praise.
She has a great love for her church family and contemporary worship. She watched both form and grow over the years she has been attending Desert Spring.
Katie and her Husband, Stephen, have two adorable boys - Stevie and Loran.
Lori grew up in California where she met her husband Mark. They left California when Mark earned an Army commission; and during their military career have lived in 8 states, and 3 countries, on 3 continents.
Lori has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication, a naturally optimistic outlook, and a very diverse work background, bringing more than 30 years administrative experience to Desert Spring. She has worked in personnel, customer service, federal civil service, travel industry, medical billing, and in curriculum development. She has 13 years’ experience teaching personal and professional development topics for government, military, and nonprofit organizations.
Lori, Mark, and their two brave, resilient, adaptable, tenacious kids, Grant and Amanda – who made being Military BRATs look easy – now call Las Vegas home and are thrilled to be members of the Desert Spring family.
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. Julie 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 Youth Ministries, where she is excited to share her spiritual gifts of faith, hospitality and evangelism.
Lydia Devereaux was raised in Las Vegas, and in the Methodist Church. She has always found herself working with children - as a nanny, a dean at Potosi Pines Camp, as a tutor, etc.
She moved to Flagstaff, Arizona to study Philosophy at Northern Arizona University. While in Flagstaff, she worked at the United Christian Ministry Center creating programs and mentoring students. After Flagstaff, she moved to Chicago with the intention of pursuing a Law Degree, but God called her back to her passion of working with children.
She worked as a nanny in Chicago before returning to Las Vegas to be closer to family. Lydia loves creating meaningful experiences for the children at Desert Spring and their families!
Born in Panama City, Florida, Carolyn grew up singing in a small Methodist Church. A love of music was instilled in her by both her father, who performed professionally, and her mother who sang her faith to Carolyn every day. As a result, the message in both word and song became a very important part of her life and she vowed to be as much a communicator in the “song” part as possible.
Musical studies and training brought her into leadership roles wherever God planted her.
Carolyn and her husband Ron have been in Las Vegas since 1992. They have two daughters: Shana who is a film editor in Atlanta, GA and Stacy who just graduated with her doctorate from UCLA.
Ann serves as Outreach Director, helping our church body extend beyond itself to meaningfully connect with neighbors, our community and engage the next generations.
Ann and her husband Alex have two stellar kids, Victoria & Timothy. Ann says the best part of her 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.
Voltairehas performed Internationally for many years. 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.
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. As an all-around musician, his extensive piano and voice background has enabled him to maintain a dual career as solo pianist and singer.
A native of the Pacific NW, Sarah was born into a Korean-American family of faith; her grandfather was a pastor, her father an elder, her mother a devoted deacon. Her grandmother also played pivotal roles in Sarah's faith story.
As a singer, Sarah is a versatile artist whose stage work includes: opera, musical theatre, concert works, and chamber music. Her favorite opera highlights include: Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel (UO Opera), Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (Cascadia Concert Opera), Gianetta in L’elisir d’amore (Eugene Opera), Mrs. Nordstrom in A Little Night Music (St. Petersburg Opera), Musetta in La Bohème (Portland Opera To-Go), Belinda in Dido and Aeneas (Intermezzo Opera). Musical theater roles range from: Lady Thiang in The King and I (Broadway Rose), where Willamette Week exclaimed “But the best performance on opening night came from opera singer Sarah Kim as Mongkut’s head wife, Lady Thiang.”; to Christmas Eve in Avenue Q (Triangle Productions). Recent concert works include: Lampe’s Margery with UO’s Collegium Musicum, Mozart’s Requiem with Bravo! Vancouver, and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with Portland Vocal Consort. Concurrently, she has been a soloist with Oregon East Symphony, Henderson Symphony, was a finalist for NATSAA Oregon Competition, Rimrock Opera Competition, and Coeur d’Alene Symphony’s Young Artist Competition.
As an arts administrator with a MA in Arts Management from the University of Oregon, Sarah has a passion for investing in arts organizations to keep the history and influence of the arts alive for current and future generations. She has recently worked for: Chamber Music NW, the largest Chamber Music organization on the West Coast, assisting in Development and at Eugene Symphony within Education and Outreach. Her final professional project document was on Evaluation Methods for Inclusive Art Programs, and she would like to further her focus on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion being strongly implemented within all performing arts organizations.
Sarah is currently completing her DMA in Vocal Performance at UNLV. When not enjoying music, Sarah loves traveling, hiking, yoga, and is a foodie.