Nancy S. Cushman
Nancy was raised in the Army, so home is wherever family lives. Her parents currently live in San Antonio, Texas. As a child, she lived in Colorado, Texas, Maryland, Georgia, Louisiana, France and Venezuela. After graduating from Kansas State University with degrees in business management and construction science, she began her professional career as a field engineer in construction. She moved across the Southwest working on jobsites until she went to graduate school at Stanford University earning a Masters degree in Civil Engineering in Construction Management.
It was at this time that she married Rev. George Cushman. Shortly after their marriage, with encouragement from George, Nancy pursued her call to ministry. She earned her Masters of Divinity degree from the Claremont School of Theology while she and George were serving at the churches in Cottonwood and Jerome. She has also served as the Associate Pastor at Central UMC, the Pastor at Shepherd of the Valley in Phoenix and the Co-Senior Pastor at Prescott UMC. She is currently serving as the Conference Secretary of the Desert Southwest Conference along with her duties as Senior Pastor at North Scottsdale.
She is also an insightful and thought provoking writer. Check out her website here
David is an Arizona native who grew up in the Phoenix area and has been in full-time pastoral ministry for the last 15 years. He received his M.Div at Fuller Theological School.
Over the course of his pastoral ministry, David has served as a youth pastor, associate pastor, senior pastor and church planter. He has worked in a variety of ministry contexts from rural to urban and from suburban to inner city.
He has experience and passion in discipling and mentoring, along with teaching and systems building. He loves being with people and building relationships in the community.
Pastor David loves sports, is an avid photographer and videographer, and is a self-declared kitchen ninja. He is married to Katie and also recently became a father!
Pastor David has a gift for making connections especially with young people through genuine concern mixed with a healthy dose of fun and excitement.
Associate Pastor of Congregational Care
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. There are 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.