Pastor Berg says it is a joy to be serving a congregation with a mission:
Care, Grow, Serve, Proclaim!
He was born and raised
in the Redmond, Washington area and attended Redmond Elementary, Junior
High, and High school graduating in 1983. He has four brothers, John,
Paul, Svenn and Carl (he falls between Svenn and Carl).
school he received a scholarship to run Cross Country and Track for
Eastern Washington University and received his Bachelor of Arts in
English in 1988. After college he worked for a printing company for two
years before grudgingly acknowledging God’s call to ministry.
Berg graduated Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary, St. Paul,
Minnesota with a Masters in Divinity in 1994.
Susan and Tor were
married on August 24, 1991 and their son Micah was born on March 25,
1994. His first call was to serve as Associate Pastor at Ebenezer
Lutheran Church, Lake Stevens, Washington in July of 1994. It was a
great place to serve his first call mostly because of Richard Edmonds
who was the Senior Pastor there! Their daughter Hannah was born on
October 20, 1997.
Pastor Berg then
accepted the call to be the Parish Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church,
Pullman, Washington in July of 1998. Susan was then hired as the
Director of Youth and Family Ministries and they served together there
till May of 2010 when he accepted the call to be the parish pastor here
Pastor Berg enjoys
fishing, boating, golfing and watching most sports. His favorite quote
currently is one by Paul Tillich, “The opposite of faith is not doubt,
Roger Steinke, Director of Youth and Christian Education
I grew up in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio and attended Bethany Lutheran School in Parma, Ohio and Lutheran High School West in Rocky River, Ohio. There were many wonderful Lutheran Teachers and Pastors who influenced my faith and life. I attended Concordia Lutheran College in Seward, Nebraska and Concordia Lutheran University Chicago in River Forest, Illinois. I graduated in 1983 as a certified Elementary School Teacher (B.A.) and a Director of Christian Education in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.
From 1982 to 1985, I served as the Director of Christian Education at Christ Lutheran Church in Milford, Michigan. From 1985 to 1997, I served as the Minister of Christian Education at Epiphany Lutheran Church in Kenmore, Washington. In 1998, my family and I joined First Lutheran Church
in Bothell. I worked in retail management with the Bartell Drug Company
from 1998 to 2005. In April 2005, I returned to full time church work
and joined the staff of First Lutheran Church
in Bothell. As Director of Christian Education and Youth Ministries, I
am very excited about serving our Lord Jesus Christ in this caring and
My daughter Tori is a student at the University of Washington
in Bothell. My son Ryan is a student at Washington State University in
Pullman. I enjoy cooking, traveling and working around my house on
Kristin’s accounting background prepared her for being the bookkeeper and office administrator at First Lutheran. Besides balancing the books and keeping things running smoothly in the office, Kris enjoys interacting with members and visitors in an informal way during the week. “The door is always open”, she says with her trademark smile.
Kristin and her husband Ken, along with their children, Kara, Kyler and Kellen are longtime members and active volunteers at First Lutheran Church.
Richard Edmonds leads the Ensemble which sings at the 11:00 service. Richard is a retired Lutheran pastor, having served parishes in Port Orchard, Snohomish, Lake Stevens, and Monroe, Washington over a period of 35 years. He is a graduate of the University of Washington and also studied at St. Olaf College. He was ordained at First Lutheran in 1969 after completing his Master of Divinity degree at Luther Seminary in St. Paul. After their retirement and many years away, Richard and his wife Judy returned to First Lutheran and became members. One of Richard’s favorite aspects of parish ministry was planning for worship and participating in the musical life of the congregations he served. Coming from a musical family, he studied voice at St. Olaf and the UW and during his years of parish ministry. Richard enjoys planning and leading the music for the “blended” service at 11:00, as well as working with the Ensemble’s group of talented vocalists and instrumentalists.