Hello From Your New Co-Pastor
Feb 10, 2017
Hello, Table of Gracers! I’m Kristie Berglund, your new co-pastor and mission developer. I am very happy to meet you and so excited to serve alongside Pastor Jess and all of you in this exciting adventure, as we invite our friends and neighbors to find a life worth living around Christ’s table of grace!
In case you’re wondering, here’s little bit about me. I’m originally from Southern California, though I’m a Navy brat, so my family moved around a lot when I was young. My parents always cast these moves as “new adventures” and I’ve definitely retained that spirit of adventure as an adult, always ready to explore a new place or try something different.
I didn’t grow up going to church regularly or having much of a relationship with God. It wasn’t until high school that I began to know and follow Jesus in a meaningful way. Through the invitation of a couple new friends in my algebra class, I began attending youth group and I quickly grew into a passionate disciple. By my senior year in high school, I had become the president of the Christian club on our high school campus and was regularly leading Bible studies, prayer groups, and outreach events.
When it came time to choose a college, all I really wanted to do was study the Bible and learn more about this faith that had so captured my heart. At the encouragement of my pastors, I enrolled at Moody Bible Institute in downtown Chicago, where I earned a BA in Bible and Theology. After Moody, I desired deeper study and so went on to graduate school at Regent College in Vancouver, Canada, where I earned a Master of Arts in Theological Studies.
My path then took me back to Chicagoland, where I worked for InterVarsity Press for five years, first as an editorial assistant, then as a sales and marketing manager. This was a formative time for me, as I had the opportunity to read some wonderful books, interact with inspiring authors, travel to many conferences and seminaries, and grow comfortable with my public speaking abilities. Little did I know God was using all of this to stir within me the desire to enter full time pastoral ministry.
When I could no longer deny the call to ministry, I packed up my bags once again and returned to Southern California, where I attended Fuller Seminary, earning a Master of Divinity degree while pursuing ordination in the Presbyterian Church (USA).
My first call as a pastor was to a Presbyterian congregation not too far north of here in Brookings, South Dakota—a place I had never even heard of before!—where I served for about three years, leading a process of healing, visioning, and renewal. This was a challenging time, but I was grateful to serve a loving congregation who patiently helped me develop my pastoral gifts and identity. During this I time, I also began to serve on the steering team for Table of Grace, which is how I met Jess and eventually heard the call to come on board here.
What else to mention? Oh, I have a cat, Eowyn, named after one of my all time favorite literary characters. In my spare time I enjoy reading, writing, traveling, practicing yoga, hiking, playing guitar, coloring, watching Netflix, and—most of all—enjoying good food (and beverages!) with friends.
Anyway, that’s more than enough about me for now. I hope to get to sit down with many of you in person and hear your stories too in the months ahead. And I also hope to see you here at our TOG blog again soon. We’re planning a fun series for the weeks to come!