Pastor Bob Gilfert – Senior Pastor

Appointed to First United Methodist Church, Safford, AZ and Duncan United Methodist Church, Duncan AZ at Annual Conference 2013. Bob was previously appointed to Parker United Methodist Church in Parker, AZ. His theological training was acquired at Claremont School of Theology.

Bob is married to his wife of 33 years, Ruth. They have two children, Andrew,  who works for Adobe out of the Seattle, WA office.  He also likes to play music and record original material. Their daughter, Amber, was recently married August 11th of this year and has the new job title of Director of the Rhode Island Education Collaborative.  Bob and Ruth have three grandchildren, Branden, Bryan and Rebecca.  Ruth enjoys spending time with the grandchildren when possible, reading, and is accomplished at making beaded jewelry.

Bob’s favorite ministry within the congregational setting is leading and participating in worship.  He is beginning to get his hands dirty working in the Community garden.  The garden supplies many of our local folk with fresh produce for the twice weekly food distributions. Bob enjoys hiking the trails of Mt. Graham, working on the family cabin at the Gilferosa Ranch outside of Seligman, AZ, and improving his playing skills on the twenty-one stringed Harp Guitar.