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.
Pastor Tim recently graduated from Claremont School of Theology, and has begun work in full time ministry. Pastor Tim will be the campus Pastor for Desert Spring Church Northwest opening in January 2019.
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.
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.
Jason is so excited to be leading contemporary worship at Desert Spring Church.
He received his musical training from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami in Florida as well as additional training at the Mountview Conservatory in London, England.
He comes to us directly from Northwest Community Church where he was the minister of music for the past two years. Additionally, he has also served as music/vocal director for the Musical Theater Department at the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts where he music directed productions of Rent, Dogfight, Once on this Island and Title of Show.
Jason has also worked as a vocalist for such stars as Bebe Rexha, Florida Georgia Line, Matt Redman, Jennifer Hudson, Stevie Wonder, Neil Diamond, Take Six, and the Canadian Tenors.
He is also a professional vocal coach. Professional clients credits include cast members from productions of Hamilton (Broadway), Mamma Mia (Mandalay Bay), Lion King (Los Angeles), Matilda (National Tour), Hunchback of Notre Dame (Germany), Starlight Express (Germany), Bombay Dreams (National Tour) Miss Saigon (San Francisco) and many more.
Please feel free to follow Jason on social media either @JMvoicecoach or @odes4hg.
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. L
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.
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. A favorite part of Cookie's job is using her teaching experience to help share in the spiritual growth of Desert Spring’s children.
Kristin was born and raised in Belleville, Michigan and received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Michigan University. She moved to Las Vegas to pursue her teaching career and has taught 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th grade over the course of her 28 years of teaching. She holds a master’s degree in Educational Administration and Leadership, and currently is a 6th grade math teacher at Leavitt Middle School.
She is the mother of two beautiful and bright daughters; Julia who attends Arbor View High School and Alyssa who attends Las Vegas Academy of the Performing Arts. Both girls have been baptized and confirmed and continue to grow leaps and bounds in their faith at Desert Spring.
Kristin has been an active member of Desert Spring since 2006. She teaches both Sunday school and Confirmation helping to form young disciples of Christ. She is excited to lead and grow the Northwest children’s ministry.
Amanda has been assisting with Sunday School for 5 years. She has also taught Vacation Bible School and AWANAS. Amanda's passion is for helping kids find and grow their faith in God.
Ann serves as Outreach Director, helping our church body extend beyond itself to meaningfully connect with neighbors, strengthen 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.
Voltaire has 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.