Rev. Doug Handlong

Senior PastOr


Born and raised in Arizona, Doug is a lifelong United Methodist.  He began serving in the church at young age helping with Vacation Bible School, and other church events. Doug attended Northern Arizona University where he studied History, Religion and Speech Communication.   He attended seminary at Perkins School of Theology on the campus of Southern Methodist University. While a student he was on staff as an intern at First UMC of Dallas. Doug has served suburban and urban churches as well as five years in the Alaska Mission Conference. Doug is married to Deanne and they have three children; Kallie, Abby and Jeffrey.  They also have two dogs, Eddie and Henry.

Rev. Dr. Ken Bensen

MInister of Pastoral Care


I retired from the parish ministry after 41 years as an Elder from the United Methodist Church, West Michigan Conference. I received a Doctor of Ministry degree from McCormick Theological Seminary in Pastoral Care, Chicago. I served churches in Twin Lake, Michigan; Tucson, Arizona; Elgin, Illinois; Cadillac, Michigan; and Lansing, Michigan
For many years I was the Ecumenical Officer for Habitat for Humanity International and worked with the World Council of Churches, Geneva, the National Council of Churches, New York City, and Christian Churches Together, Indianapolis. For 6 years I served as President of the Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education, Chicago.
In my retirement I now serve as the Minister of Pastoral Care in the United Methodist Church of Green Valley, Arizona.