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About Us

We can help you find answers to your spiritual questions ‘Am I loved?’ ‘Is there a God?’ ‘What’s my purpose in life?’

Wherever you are in your faith journey, you have found a home at Prescott United Methodist Church, "for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all people." Isaiah 56:7). We seek to be an active and diverse body united through Christ. We welcome all persons without regard to age, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender identity, marital status, socioeconomic level, religious affiliation, or personal ability. We include all and exclude no one.

Our Staff

Here at PUMC we have a wonderful staff working together in ministry for God and our church.

Pastor Dan Hurlbert

Senior Pastor

Rev. Dan Hurlbert is our senior pastor and his first ministerial appointment was as the associate pastor at Prescott United Methodist church where he was responsible for the youth ministry and started the church’s Saturday evening service.

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Pastor Efraín Zavala

Associate Pastor

Born in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, México, Efraín and his family moved to Arizona when he was 17. They were close enough to the border that they could spend weekends in Mexico, where he attended the Methodist Church and had the opportunity to serve in youth and music ministries. 

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Reverend Patti Blackwood

Minister of Congregational Care

Patti received a Master of Divinity from Claremont School of Theology in 2010.  At Annual Conference in June of 2017, Patti was ordained as a Deacon in full connection in the United Methodist Church.

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Leigh Downing

Pastoral Assistant

Leigh Downing had been on staff as a Pastoral Assistant several years ago and states that she “is delighted to be serving the church again in this capacity.”

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Jacob Gilbert

Director of Music Ministries

Jacob attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. While attending college, he worked as the Choral Scholar at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church where his love of church music developed even further.

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Janet Moore

Church Accompanist

Janet Moore comes to us from Seattle, WA, where she lived for the last 30 years.

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Sonia Villareal

Office Manager


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Ken Leja

Publisher, Web/Print

Ken brings a 40-year career in communications management to PUMC, as his responsibilities focus  on preparation of the various publications – i.e., the weekly Reminder, monthly Preview, media outreach – as well as managing the PUMC social media and web-based communications.

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Paul German

Head Custodian

Paul was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ, and attended local schools before joining the U.S. Army in 1996. He and his girlfriend reside in Dewey, where they enjoy camping, hunting, fishing and traveling throughout Arizona.

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Prescott United Methodist Church History

by Rev. Stan Brown

Historical pictures courtesy of Sharlot Hall Museum

1864 - 1866

Rev. Hiram Reed conducted the first Protestant worship services and Sunday School in Arizona (Territory) at a log cabin along Granite Creek. From early 1864 until June 1866, he called the village of Prescott to Sunday School and to worship by ringing the iron triangle. Originally located in front of the first structure built in Prescott, it is the oldest log building in Arizona (dubbed "Fort Misery") and now sets on the grounds of Sharlot Hall Museum.


In December 1870 the newly arrived chaplain from Fort Whipple, Rev. Alexander Gilmore, a Northern Methodist church minister, took over the weekly services. He was joined within a few days by the Rev. Alexander Groves. The two pastors conducted weekly services on Saturday evening, and twice on Sunday. The division among Methodists over the slavery issue had created two denominations, however the Prescott people from both camps worked together. We count the beginning of today’s congregation from that first service held by an ordained Methodist pastor.


By 1872 the Methodist Church South had erected the frame for Arizona’s first protestant church building located on Marina Street. Rev. Glesen Reeder, the Presiding Elder in Arizona, joined the team of part-time Methodist pastors, Groves and Gilmore. When the M.E. Church South was unable to raise enough money to complete their church building, they deeded the property to the trustees of the Northern congregation. The editor of the local newspaper, Arizona Miner, was inspired to write, “If the two Methodist chuches with loving hearts can join hands here, then why not everywhere when endeavoring to raise a fallen world?”


In the spring of 1876 the two groups held a 10 day revival. At the same time Henry Fluery donated property from his new subdivision to the M. E. Church South congregation.

It was on the corner of Gurley and Summit Street, the location of our Methodist Church today. A building was immediately begun and dubbed “The West Side Church.”

The first service was held Christmas Eve 1876. Women from both congregations formed the Ladies Union Association working as one body to maintain the parsonages and doing mission work.

Other denominations began sending missionaries to Prescott, and each was invited to preach their first sermons at the Methodist Church on Marina Street. In turn, the Baptist, Presbyterian, Congregational, Episcopal, and Roman Catholic preachers used the Methodist Church as a base while establishing their own followings.


The first Memorial Day celebration was held at the Marina Street Church in 1889 with hundreds turned away for lack of room.


In August 1891 the Marina Street church burned down from an overturned oil lamp. The people rallied and rebuilt the church. They sold the original property to help pay for the new building relocated nearby. The Marina Street Church and the West Side Church began traditions of social concern that continue to this day.


In a 1901 Quarterly Conference Report from the West Side Church we read, "The Charity and Help Department is doing good work in helping idle and needy men to find employment and also in raising funds for worthy causes, notably Chinese Farmers." This local outreach has continued in the strong ministries of today's Open Door, People Who Care, Circles of Support and Home Repair which operate out of our church facilities and are fully supported by our church.


The first Mothers' Day service in Prescott was held at the West Side Church in 1919.


The next year the West Side Church, having outgrown its facilities, raised $20,000 to put in a basement, remodel its sanctuary and expand the building with a social hall and kitchen.


In 1935, when the Great Depression struck America, the Marina Street congregation was forced to close its doors selling the property to the Nazarenes and giving the proceeds to the West Side Church. All Methodist activity was now concentrated at the location where we remain today.


In 1939 the two denominations were nationally united to form the Methodist Church.


It inspires us to reflect and realize what a vigorous ministry our congre-gation has had for more than 140 years. It is even more joyful to look ahead and realize the challenge of bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the people of Prescott and the Quad-cities area, and to the world mission we serve enthusiastically.