After much prayer and consultation our brother and colleague in ministry, the Rev. Greg Bergquist, conference superintendent for leadership development for the California-Nevada Annual Conference, has been named associate general secretary for the Division of Ordained Ministry at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) effective January 2017.
While we will greatly miss Greg on our Cabinet and in our ministries across the California-Nevada Conference, I believe you would join me in recognizing and celebrating that God has blessed him with great gifts that should be shared with the entire denomination. We count on continuing to be in relationship with him through our connectional ministries and family.
Greg comes to this place on his journey of faith ready to build upon a long and fruitful history of servant leadership. He entered the ordained ministry after working as a systems engineer and manufacturing manager for Procter & Gamble. Over his 30 years of ministry as an ordained elder he has served churches in Georgia and California in rural, urban, and suburban settings.
Since coming to the California-Nevada Annual Conference in 1993, Greg has served Los Altos United Methodist Church as executive pastor, First UMC of Santa Rosa as the senior pastor, and, for the past four years, he has been appointed to the Cabinet as the Conference Superintendent for Leadership Development. In addition, Greg has served on the Board of Ordained Ministry for the past sixteen years in a variety of roles, including as Chair of the El Camino Real District Committee, Chair of the Conference Relations Committee, and the Cabinet liaison to BOOM. Greg has also served on the faculties of the Pacific School of Religion and Southern Methodist University, teaching in the areas of Historical Theology and Wesleyan/Methodist Studies.
We are grateful for Greg’s exceptional leadership among us. He will continue to hold his conference membership in the California-Nevada Conference so he goes to the GBHEM to serve as an extension of our conference’s ministry and in service to the entire world-wide United Methodist Church. Let us hold Greg and Connie and their family close in our prayers as they transition to Nashville.
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño