Home Group team members cultivate our rhythm of Common Table.
Tym grew up in Columbus, Ohio and moved to Portland following college. He has been attending Pearl since the summer of 2017 and has fallen in love with the community here. To Tym, small group means laughter, honesty, support, and adventures! His favorite things include: The Golden Girls, sipping coffee on a porch, mediocre volleyball playing, dogs, vegan baking, and Whitney Houston.
Ben is one of the many transplants to Portland from California, and hopes you won't hold that against him. After studying philosophy and serving as Pastor of Spiritual Formation at First Baptist Church, San Luis Obispo for 13 years, Ben moved to the Northwest to finish his M.Div at Portland Seminary. His passion is to journey alongside people and help them discover their unique, creative partnership with God for good in the world. A special passion is helping LGBT people of faith navigate the integration of faith and sexuality/gender identity. Ben also has the best dog in the world, whose name, Arete, means virtue.
Linda & Bart Bergquist
Bart and Linda Bergquist met at church camp in 1975. Married since 1982, they have attended the Pearl Church for over eleven years. Bart is a contractor and entrepreneur. Linda is a Revenue Cycle Performance Improvement manager for Kaiser Permanente. In their spare time, they enjoy movies, urban hiking, and exploring new restaurants. They’ve hosted home groups, famous for their theme-based potlucks(!!!) since 2008.
Carrie and Andrew have been a part of Pearl Church for 9 years. They were married in 2006 and together they have one daughter, Natalie, who is 5. Carrie is a professor at Concordia University, busy training prospective elementary teachers and reading specialists. Carrie enjoys cooking, reading, yoga and re-purposing furniture. Andrew serves in the Oregon Air National Guard, managing development and training opportunities for fellow military personnel. He enjoys stamp collecting, cribbage, and whiskey. They love Pearl's intentionality about sharing the love of Christ at a sacred table with room for all.
Abby & Karl Coppock
Abby and Karl have been at Pearl since 2008. Abby grew up in Portland and Karl grew up in Duluth, MN. They met in Chicago and moved back to Portland about 12 years ago. Abby is a consultant who helps organizations manage change. Karl is a copy editor for a local publisher. They enjoy traveling, noticing art in obscure places, and cooking.
A Portland native from the era before it was such a hip city, Beth is thrilled to be back in near-in Northeast PDX, after Lake Oswego, Los Angeles, Connecticut and NYC stays. Her kids are grown and launched, so she's exploring the next chapter in her life. It's likely to include cooking, entertaining, walking and hiking, reading, art and culture. Of course, Lucy, her small terrier, will be along for the ride. Beth is passionate about connecting people to each other. She believes we expand our ideas of God when we know more God-seekers. Beth loves Pearl Church's community and the way Pearl examines theological paradigms so that they become powerfully new. Her hope is to host a home group that manifests equal parts of fun, faith and friendship. Oh, and maybe food!
Dan & Cheri Gilbert
Dan and Cheri Gilbert met almost 35 years ago, have been married since 1983, and have two grown daughters. Dan is a CPA specializing in business valuations and forensic accounting. Cheri is a retired general contractor and now helps out Dan when needed, volunteers, has a passion for cooking, and pretty much keeps the Gilbert family moving smoothly. Both Dan and Cheri have been believing Christians since they were young and they have a heart for bringing Jesus’ love to their community. They’ve been attending Pearl since they moved downtown and they became members in 2014. Dan also helps with the Finances at Pearl while Cheri also shops for and helps with the Neighbors Food Pantry.
David & Constantino Khalaf
To Dave and Tino, Pearl Church and Portland are synonymous. They began attending the church soon after their move to the city in Spring 2015, and it instantly felt like home. No one even teased them about coming from Los Angeles and New York, respectively. When they married in May 2016, they were honored to be surrounded by their Pearl family. Tino serves with our youth. David helps with the monthly Pearl Court pantry, serves in Kid’s Church and is a member of the Oversight team; he used to lead a small group at his old church, and believes home groups are the heart of church community. They are both writers, and together they maintain a blog about the joys and challenges of being a same-sex couple in a Christ-centered marriage.
Chuck has been at Pearl Church since 2009 and has served in various areas including the Home Group Ministry, Pearl Kids, and the Oversight Team. He believes deeply that no matter the circumstances, Christ's love can shine into people's lives to bring profound hope, joy, and peace. Chuck works as an electrical engineer and he enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids, especially when it includes exploring the outdoors.