Rev. Dr. David Dethmers
Welcome to Casas Adobes United Church of Christ. We are an open and affirming congregation, which means that “whoever you are and wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!”
I come to Casas Adobes as an Interim Minister, which means that I will serve here until the congregation has hired a permanent, installed pastor. During the time that I’m here, I look forward to getting to know the congregation and, especially, welcoming guests and visitors and helping you find a home here at Casas Adobes. It’s a wonderful church with vibrant worship and many different programs and activities to nourish and enrich you: physically, relationally and spiritually. I’m delighted to visit with visitors and inquirers any time. Just drop by or give me a call!
I spent the first twenty-five years of my career in ministry serving churches in New Jersey, New York, and Colorado before accepting a call to serve on national staff for the Reformed Church in America in 1998. For six years I coordinated ecumenical and mission ministries with our partners in Europe and Russia and in 2005 was asked to head up the RCA’s disaster response program. Both jobs were challenging, fulfilling, and fun!
Since taking early retirement in 2010, I have served four congregations as an interim minister, helping congregations with challenges or in transition between pastors move forward. It seems to be a natural fit for me and a real joy.
My wife Anna and I celebrated our 40th anniversary this past August. Anna is a retired Speech-Language Pathologist. We are both big readers, travelers, and foodies. I also enjoy hiking and biking and hitting the gym as often as possible.
I’m here at Casas Adobes UCC first and foremost to encourage and walk along side individuals and the church family on their spiritual journey. If I can be of help to you in any way, I look forward to the opportunity!
With you on the journey!
Rev. John Angiulo
Family and Education Minister
My recent installation here as a pastor and teacher in October 2017 represented an exciting new beginning for me and my family. I am committed to radical welcome for all, especially families with children and teenagers. We are an open and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ which means we welcome all individuals and families, period. Our Family and Education ministry is dedicated to helping families interact with one another, the larger church community, and the world. Rather than encouraging activities that separate young people from the rest of the congregation, we try to have meaningful spiritual, educational and social opportunities for all ages. I strongly believe that we experience the presence of God through community and practicing love and compassion for each other.
I completed my seminary education at Iliff School of Theology in Denver in June 2017. While in school, I worked in Christian Education and Faith Formation in two UCC congregations here in Tucson. Prior to my work in the church I was employed by Pima Community College in student services and outreach to county elementary schools. Being a native Tucsonan, I am pleased to be engaged in ministry with a congregation located in the Northwest region of Tucson where I grew up. My wife Patty, a pediatric nurse, and I have three adult children who reside in Arizona; our youngest son graduated from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff and our eldest son is a graduate student at the University of Arizona. Our daughter lives in Phoenix where she is a media-artist and performer and works for a children’s non-profit organization.
I welcome you to Casas Adobes Congregational Church, United Church of Christ where I hope to get to know you soon.