Raised on the plains of central Kansas (traditional Osage/Niukonska lands), John Bergen is a third-generation Mennonite pastor, but don’t hold it against him. John has worked for Baptist and UCC churches and lived in Christian intentional community, and believes church always holds the possibility of practicing Jesus’ vision of a beloved community. John graduated from Oberlin College in May 2014.
John enjoys playing music with friends, reading nerdy books, and meeting new people over tea, beer, or a home-cooked meal.
Cate Michelle Desjardins (she/her) came to the Mennonite Church right as she turned 20, finding a home in Anabaptist theologies of non-violence, reconciliation, and community. After a lengthy process, Cate was Licensed for Ordination in 2017 as the 3rd openly LGBTQ clergy-person within MCUSA.
Cate holds an MDiv with a focus on Theology and Ethics. Cate's work over the last years has been in chaplaincy, working with children who require intensive use of medical technology for survival and their family.
Cate loves museums, hiking, attempting to bake bread, learning languages, playing the harp, and watching Murder, She Wrote.
Cate will be joining the GMC co-pastor team on 8/1/20!
Raised in central Montgomery County, Gina has Mennonite roots going back through her maternal grandfather’s family. She is a graduate of Christopher Dock Mennonite High School, where she had her first official introduction to Mennonites. Gina graduated from Philadelphia University in December 2007 with a degree in Textile Design. Since 2008 Gina has worked for several domestic upholstery mills designing decorative home fabrics. Along with her work as Office Administrator of GMC, she is also a freelance textile and graphic designer.
Gina has been attending GMC since 2005, became a member in 2010 and has been an active participant by serving on committees, acting as a mentor and teaching Sunday School to preschoolers.
Gina enjoys sewing, quilting, listening to music, reading thrilling novels, watching too much tv, and cooking.