Pastor David was appointed Senior Pastor at North Scottsdale UMC on
July 1, 2018. He has fond memories of serving at Scottsdale UMC during his early college years as God’s Spirit stirred in his heart and the call of ministry took hold. Now some twenty-eight years later he returns to the Scottsdale area. In between he served a number of churches in Arizona including Payson UMC and most recently First UMC of Mesa.
He is married to Rebecca and they have a daughter Alexandria who was born in 2017. Pastor David also has two adult sons he adopted as a single parent, Phillip and Dustin who both live in Arizona. Phillip is married to Amanda and they have two children, Amirah and Phillip Jr. The Rennicks also have a dog, Leyla, and a cat Gweny who keep them humble in the home.
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.