Desert Hills Lutheran Church is fortunate to have a staff of skilled and caring individuals who assist the congregation and handle the day-to-day operations. In addition, DHLC is led by our Congregational Council, which consists of nine members elected by the congregation. Each council member serves a three-year term, and terms are arranged so that the terms of one-third of the members expire annually.

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Judy Gunson

Judy Gunson


Judy Gunson is a year-round active member of Desert Hills Lutheran Church, joining in 2008. In addition to her Congregational Council Treasurer responsibilities, Judy is the Finance Committee and Social Concerns Ministry Liaison. She is the current team leader for Women’s Ministry and held leadership rolls with the DHLC Foundation for 11 years. Judy spent 20 years working in the broadcast industry and an advertising specialty company. She supervised administrative functions at in state and out-of-state radio station locations and oversaw purchasing, inventory control, insurance, and accounting for a Long Island advertising specialty company. She spent another twenty years devoted to development work with hospital foundations, maintaining donor relations through capital campaigns, annual funds, planned gifts, and major gifts. Finally, Judy worked for Catholic and Seventh-Day Adventist organizations in Colorado.

Raised in rural Nebraska, Judy attended grade school at St. John Lutheran School and was confirmed with eight of her favorite friends! She attended Hastings College and the University of Nebraska, majoring in Business. She also completed numerous certifications in development and planned gifts. She lived in Nebraska and Colorado before moving to Green Valley. She enjoys reading various book genres, volunteering, hiking, walking, and visiting Arizona parks and lakes.

She and Joe have been married for 51 years. Judy and Joe both love their son, Jeff; his wife, Cheryl; and their “grandbabies” – Grand miniature poodles, Appaloosa horses, and a herd of miniature cattle. She shares, “Joe and I spent most of our lives buying houses that required ‘love’ and renovating them into our ‘homes’. I loved living on property that allowed for gardens with lots of flowers and landscape. We really enjoyed our lakeside vacation home in Minnesota and our mountain vacation home in Colorado. God blessed nature lovers.” Be sure to introduce yourself to Judy if you attend the Sunday 11 am service.