Our Pastor

Since February 1, 2024, Rev. Sharon Ragland has been serving as the interim pastor at Patagonia Community United Methodist Church, a position which will continue through June 30th.

From 2010-2021, Sharon served as the Senior Pastor of St. Mark’s UMC in Tucson and retired in 2021. Prior to that she was the Central East District Superintendent in the Phoenix area from 2004-2010. She served other churches in Tucson and Phoenix from 1994-2004 and served as interim pastor at Trinity Heights UMC, Flagstaff from July-September, 2023. She is currently serving as the Chairperson of the Desert Southwest Conference Board of Ordained Ministry. She is a graduate of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL, which holds a scholarship in her name, and Sharon is an ordained elder in the Desert Southwest Conference.

In ministry, Sharon enjoys preaching and leading worship, teaching, leading the church in new adventures, being with people, and watching people’s lives change because of Christ’s presence and love.

Sharon loves baseball, walking and hiking, reading, watching movies, and generally having a great time with family and friends. Sharon and her husband, Art, have two grown children, who are married and live in Tucson, and have their three grandsons.

Sharon is glad and grateful to be sharing ministry for a time with the people of Patagonia CUMC.