Home Group team members cultivate our rhythms in their respective home groups and care for those in their groups.
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.
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.
Marcus & Angie Chiodo
Marcus and Angie are thrilled to be hosting a baby and toddler friendly small group - with all the perks and chaos that one would expect with such a group. The Chiodo’s started at Pearl Church in 2008 (for a short stay secondary to an out-of-state move). They returned to Portland from Detroit in 2014 with their first of two daughters, Eva, and have subsequently added her best friend Lucia. With Angie working as a Nurse-Midwife and Marcus as an Emergency Physician, you may not see them frequently on Sunday mornings, but they have been hosting a weekly young(er) families home group for over a year now. The group is full of adorable little people, laughter, tears and yummy food - a special time for the whole family to share in the joys and tribulations of raising young children. Childcare is provided for a short time (when enough families can come) so that the adults can get a window of engaged conversation during a weekly themed potluck style dinner.
Julie has lived in Portland her whole life and deeply loves this city. She’s been at Pearl Church about two years and believes connecting through community is at the core of living, growing and being known. Joining a home group is joining a family—being “home.” Julie is a professional photographer, an avid reader, lover of music, food and culture, and the great outdoors. As a disclaimer, this home group is known for extracurricular activities, so be prepared for fun and other shenanigans!
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 is active in the Neighbors and Liturgy teams—if you see a typo in the bulletin, feel free to call him out on it. 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.
Ian & Clara Swope
Ian and Clara have been married 15 years and have 3 kiddos; Titus 13, Gwendolyn 11, and Lincoln 7. For many years now community, fellowship and hospitality have been an important aspect of the church for Ian and Clara. Although their faith has grown and changed over the years, their desire to foster community in the church through opening their home to friends and church family has stayed with them. After moving to Vancouver in October of 2016 They decided to make Pearl Church their home. Both have since become part of the worship team and Ian helps out with the food pantry. This summer they became members at Pearl, and are excited to deepen their commitment and involvement in the church by hosting a Vancouver based home group. They have a great, kid friendly space where kiddos can play in the fenced yard or in the family/play room.
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.