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.
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.
Matty Berryessa & Will Eichelberger
Matty and Will began attending Pearl semi-regularly in 2015, the same year that they adopted their son, Dustin. Fostering authentic, inclusive community is at the core of who they are, and they have hopes that the small group they facilitate will reflect that. Matty is the Assistant Director of a local non-profit Therapeutic School, and Will works in the commercial furniture industry. Before attending Pearl Church, Matty and Will started a group called Family Dinner that connected members of Portland’s Christian LGBTQ community, and many attendees of that group have become regular attenders or members at Pearl. Pearl is definitely their church home, and they feel that it’s about time that they open up their actual home for this purpose.
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.
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 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.
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.