Welcome Pastor Todd Bergman
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Todd Bergman began his appointment as
Pastor at Mooreland United Methodist Church on
June 10. He moved to Mooreland from Turpin and
has been in the ministry for 21 years.
 
Pastor Todd was born into an Air Force family
on Dec. 29, 1970, outside of San Bernardino, California. Growing up, he lived in the Philippines,
Wichita, and southeastern Oklahoma.
 
He graduated from East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, with a degree in History with special focus on Russian and Soviet studies and a minor
in Sociology. He attended seminary at Asbury Theological in Wilmore, Kentucky.
 
He has served churches in Calvin, Stuart, Gerty,
Alva, Leedey, Camargo, Hammon, Claremore, Turpin, and Baker.
 
He resides in Mooreland with his wife, Lisa, 
and sons, Nick (19) and Andrew (16).
If you would like to help with this years VBS, please call the church office at 580-994-5550. Everyone is invited to help.
Bring the whole family and join us for breakfast every Sunday morning, starting at 9:15am. No strings, no obligations. We would just love for you to come join us for breakfast. No kidding. WARNING! This may be the best breakfast you’ll have this week.

Where I Draw The Line

Being new to the church I bet some of you may wonder where I draw the line that defines my stance on issues. Well, I want to point out where my line is drawn. Let me give you some background.
 

I was born to a family who moved due to my dad’s Air Force stations. I was exposed at an early age to different places and cultures and races.

My parents divorced and dad disappeared from my life. Mom worked hard to make a living for us. We weren’t rich by any stretch of imagination. We always had a roof over our head, supper on our plate, were clothed and comfortable. We had some of the things that kids desired (my mom indulged my geek love in its infancy by getting me Star Wars figures). I saw that life could be lived with the necessities met and a few little things added along.

My grandmother died and we picked up our life and moved to southeastern Oklahoma. Moving from the city where everything was within a short drive to needing to make a special trip to get groceries or clothes was new. My sister and I learned that we had chores that needed to be done and we had a part to play in keeping the house in order.

My grandfather was declining in health. He was a great man who showed me some important things in life. It is because of him that I love to cook. It is because of him that I have a tinkerer nature about me. It is because of him that I extend a lot of grace to people.

I grew up in a very theologically conservative church. I received a firm grounding in traditional American Christianity and a basic Wesleyan worldview. I also began to be connected with people in other United Methodists churches and began to see the bigger church at work.

When I went to college, I was exposed to a different worldview and met one of the greatest influences on my life. Dr. Davis Joyce taught with passion about history and historians. I learned to see the world as a place where people have different points of view. And that just because people have a different point of view does not mean we have nothing in common. I learned from him that there are people in the world who are overlooked, forgotten, and intentionally rejected and that someone needs to come alongside those people and tell their stories, be a comforting arm, or stand with them against injustice.

It was also in college that I knew I was to fill the role of pastor. D.A. Bennett was the campus minister at the United Campus Ministry. He was a pastor in a model I had never seen. He showed me that pastors bring their gifts into the setting to which they are appointed, that in order to minister to people, you need to know what their life is about, and that there is room to explore and discover and fail. He showed me grace when I did the last one.

Graduating college, I knew that I was to go to seminary. The one I chose was Asbury Theological Seminary. It was built upon classical Wesleyan theology. I had begun to identify as Wesleyan in my theology (thanks again to D.A.’s influence). I felt this was the place to broaden that part of my life. At Asbury, I was able to bring all of the influences in my life to bear on becoming a minister. What I learned of John Wesley and his process of developing the theology made me more convinced that I was called into this life.

Then I began ministry. I found that people didn’t believe the same way. People didn’t think that there were forgotten, overlooked, and rejected persons around them. I found church folks could be content being comfortable. I also found some who wanted to be more. From that point at the beginning of ministry, I felt that my place was to move my lines.

When I was in a group of people who were very conservative, I had to represent a more liberal position. If I was around people who were very liberal, I needed to represent the conservative point of view. I chose to be identified as Independent politically. It isn’t to say I don’t have an opinion. It was to represent the side that needed to be represented in any appointment or setting. I have to move my lines because all too often I have encountered people who won’t look past their own lines to see the bigger picture.

I move my lines because I think Jesus moved his lines. He ate with sinners and spoke to them about living a more disciplined life. He attended the parties of the powerful and reminded them of the hungry and homeless outside his door. He walked with Jews to tell them their Kingdom had come to them. He touched the lives of Gentiles to tell them they were welcome to the Kingdom. He created and reigned from the heavenly throne and he moved into earth. He walked among the men and women, powerful and poor, of this world and moved the line of heaven toward them.

I choose to move my lines so I can be a voice for people who aren’t being heard. I choose to move my lines to speak as a counterpoint for the underrepresented position. I choose to move my lines so that I can bring some sense of community and belonging for the different sides of a position. I don’t draw a line on where I am because I have to move them too often.

~By Pastor Todd