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
Stuart is coming to North Scottsdale UMC in July 2017. To say that he is excited is the understatement of his life so far. After having a call experience 15 years ago Stuart has centered his life around finding ways to be working into what was placed on his heart.
Stuart was born and raised in Tucson though he has lived several other places in his life. After graduating from high school Stuart took a sabbatical from Arizona for his educational pursuits. Stuart is a graduate of Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, where he studied Sociology, Anthropology, and Religious Studies. He is also expecting to receive his Masters of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois just north of Chicago.
When not at church, Stuart is a voracious reader and runner, admittedly not at the same time because that could prove to be a bit painful.
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.