Candidate Biography

    The Rev. Sharon E. Ragland

    Mesa, AZ

    November 3, 1952


    Chester A. Ragland Preferred name: Art Ragland

    Children's full names and ages:

    Julie Ragland, 30 years old, married to Christian Gonzalez, one child – Isaiah, 2 ½ years

    David Ragland, 27 years old, married to Michelle Halla

    Education and Honors:
    Master of Divinity, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, 1991
    Bachelor of Arts in Education, North Central College, 1976
    Current appointment and location: Central East District Superintendent, Desert Southwest Conference, office in Mesa, AZ, since July, 2004
    Previous appointments:
    July, 2002-2004 Senior Pastor, Dove of the Desert UMC, Glendale, AZ
    800 member church northwest of Phoenix, AZ
    July, 1998-2002 Senior Pastor, First UMC, Tucson, AZ
    Downtown church on campus of University of Arizona
    July, 1997-1998 Co-Pastor, St. Paul’s UMC, Tucson, AZ
    July, 1994-1997 Associate Pastor, St. Paul’s UMC, Tucson, AZ
    1000 member church on east side of Tucson
    July 1989-1994 Trinity UMC, Racine, WI
    Served 2 yrs. as seminary intern;3 yrs. as associate pastor
    Currently serving as Dean of the Desert Southwest Conference Cabinet

    General church experience:
    First elected clergy delegate to General/Jurisdictional Conferences, 2008
    Elected to General Council on Finance and Administration, 2008

    Community Involvement:
    UMOM (United Methodist Outreach Ministries), Phoenix, AZ, Board member
    Wesley Community Center, Phoenix, AZ, Board member
    Cook School for Christian Leadership, Tempe, AZ, Board member
    Former Board Member, Arizona Ecumenical Council

    Central East District Office:
    5540 E Main St.
    Mesa, AZ 85205
    480-854-1217 Fax: 480-854-1227
    Endorsed by:
    Desert Southwest Annual Conference, 6/14/08

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