Pastor Christopher was appointed to NSUMC by Bishop Grant Hagiya. He was previously appointed to Paradise Valley UMC by the Desert Southwest Conference Bishop Robert Hoshibata in August 2018. As the Associate Pastor of Modern Worship and Discipleship at PVUMC, he worked with the Ignite worship community at PVUMC, as well as overseeing the adult discipleship and missions programs of the church. He was awarded a BA in religion and visual art from Northwestern College in Orange City, IA and earned a certificate in youth and theology from Princeton Theological Seminary’s Institute for Youth Ministry. He joins us with over a decade of ministry experience. Christopher, his wife, Ingrid, and daughter, Dorothy, moved to Phoenix from the Midwest.
Welcome Potluck for Pastor Christopher & family -8/28/2022
Rev. Leah Bergstrom Pastor of Visitation
Pastor Leah Bergstrom is a retired elder from the Western Pennsylvania Conference. She served St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Allison Park, a large suburban congregation in the north hills of Pittsburgh, for 32 years. Prior to that she taught English and Communication Arts at Shaler Area Junior High where she met her husband Bob who was also a teacher at the same school.
Leah and Bob are the parents of six children, four of whom were adopted. They presently have twelve grandchildren. They have children, spouses and grandchildren all over the United States to visit and to host in their home.
Before moving to Arizona, Leah assisted with new United Methodist church starts in Central Florida. She and Bob also worked with Shepherd’s Hope, a free medical center for persons who had no insurance coverage.
Leah spends daily time with five grandchildren who live close by and her bichon dog, Croissant. She also enjoys scrapbooking, reading, writing books, listening to country music, shopping and traveling with Bob.
The Rev. Leah Bergstrom is also a published author. Check our her books here: