Rev. David Rennick began his appointment to NSUMC in July 2018. An Arizona native, David grew up a life-long United Methodist in Mesa. After earning his Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Christian Formation and Discipleship from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC he returned in 1997 to begin serving congregations in the Desert Southwest Conference. Prior to coming to NSUMC, David served as Sr. Pastor of his home church, First UMC of Mesa.
David is married to Rebecca, who works for the State of Arizona Attorney General’s Office. Together, they have a daughter, Alexandria, who can be seen raiding the cookie plate during fellowship time on Sunday mornings. David has two adult sons, Phillip and Dustin who he adopted as a single parent. Both live in Arizona.
David’s passion for all people brings an understanding that we all have a voice and a place in the community. We all are a part of the body of Christ and cannot exist without the other.
Most Sundays, the words of the closing blessing call us to “Make Monday like Sunday.” Being a follower of Jesus is daily and we strive to live up to this way of our faith.
Pastor Dave returned to NSUMC beginning July 1, 2018. He serves half-time here and half-time with The Orontes Project. Dave is an Arizona native who grew up in the Phoenix metro area and has been in full-time pastoral ministry for the last 12 years. He completed his seminary training at Fuller Theological Seminary.
Over the course of his pastoral ministry, Dave 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 Dave loves sports and is active in community sports leagues. He has worked in and enjoys photography and he says he is a decent cook.
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. 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.