Greg Bergquist Is New Conference Superintendent for Leadership Development

January 12, 2012

Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr. has announced that the Rev. Greg Bergquist has been named the new Conference Superintendent for Leadership Development for the California-Nevada Annual Conference. He will join the staff July 1, 2012.

The position currently is held by the Rev. Ted Virts, who has been appointed to a local church.

"I am delighted to welcome Greg Bergquist to my Cabinet," the Bishop said. "He will coordinate our work in developing lay and clergy spiritual leaders in support of our effort to resource local congregations in making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world."

Originally from Florida, Bergquist entered the ordained ministry after a career as an industrial engineer and manufacturing manager for Procter & Gamble. He has been an ordained elder for 27 years, serving churches in Georgia, Texas, and California in a variety of settings – rural, urban, and suburban.

Since becoming a member of this Conference in 1995, Bergquist has served Los Altos United Methodist Church as executive pastor, First UMC of Santa Rosa as the senior pastor, and served on the faculty at the Pacific School of Religion. He taught Historical Theology and Wesleyan/Methodist Studies at both PSR and Southern Methodist University.

For the past 12 years, Bergquist has served the Cal-Nevada Conference as a member of the Board of Ordained Ministry, and most recently as chair of the Conference Relations Committee.

Bergquist brings practical leadership experience from his corporate, academic, church, and Conference positions to his new post. In addition, he has studied leadership theories and methodologies throughout his career. Along with the classic works by Greenleaf, Goleman, Palmer, De Pree, and Friedman, he recently has been influenced by the new trends in adaptive leadership theory (Ronald Heifetz and Susan Daloz Parks) and the notion of leadership presence (Kathy Lubar and Belle Halpern).

"Simply put, adaptive leadership is a lifelong process of recognizing what is valuable and worth keeping, adapting to the changes that must be made, scanning for new challenges, improvising responsively and responsibly, orienting one's values in the real world, and accepting that change entails loss as well as gain," Bergquist said.

"At the same time," he added, "I believe a truly accessible and inspiring leader is one who is present in the moment, flexible, empathetic, expressive, self-reflective, and authentic. In essence, a leader is one who encourages the creation of true community: As Halpern and Lubar say, 'A world where people authentically engage with one another and unlock their most generous selves.' Sounds much like the Church, at our very best!"

Greg is married to Connie Marshall Bergquist, who has worked in the administrative, communications, and finance offices of several UMC churches in the Conference and has been involved in the music industry for most of her life. They have two adult children, Jonathan and Susanna. Jonathan works as a digital media producer for a company in Campbell. Susanna is a preschool teacher and recently moved to the Seattle area with her husband, Mark.