Pastor George Cushman has been serving God through the United Methodist Church for 30 years. He started his ministry in upstate New York, before moving to the Desert Southwest Conference in the mid-1980’s. Before coming to Desert Mission he served as Senior Pastor in Blythe, California, Cottonwood and Jerome UMC’s, Central UMC and Cross Roads UMC in Phoenix and most recently in Prescott.
George received his Master’s Degree from Colgate Rochester/Crozer Theological Seminary, the same seminary attended by Martin Luther King Jr. This experience helped to create a passion for social justice ministry. This has been central in his work for the Conference, as he is the Chair of Church and Society. He also received his Doctor of Ministry Degree from Austin Presbyterian Seminary. He believes that a vital faith is one that combines the head with the heart. The church is a place that challenges the mind and touches the heart.
There is no greater gift than the experience of helping another know themselves as a child of God loved by God. There is no greater joy than knowing you helped someone find the potential and realize the dreams that God has placed within them, making the gift of life the most precious it can be.
George is married to Nancy, who is also a United Methodist pastor. They have four children and six grandchildren. Both Nancy and George are active in supporting a Ministry in Ethiopia called Hope for the Hopeless. This has enabled them both to travel to Ethiopia twice, helping the orphans and street children supported by this ministry, as well as conducting seminars on the church’s role in ministering to those with A.I.D.S.