Rev. Jim Brommers Bergquist, M. Div.
Jim has been a minister for over 20 years, having served churches in the greater Chicago, Seattle, and Boston areas, and worked as Campus Minister at Seattle University. He began his ministry at Orinda Community Church in April 2014.
Jim blends his Evangelical upbringing and his Progressive theology with an expectation that the church should be a place of community, engagement, and vitality. He is known as a talented storyteller, community builder, teacher, and listener.
During his career he has helped run a homeless youth center on Capital Hill in Seattle, led large youth groups in the Chicago and Boston suburbs, facilitated and led nearly 40 service and immersion trips (from regional to international), coordinated a Sunday School program with over 300 children, and served as liaison with 60 Chicagoland social-service agencies while serving in Kenilworth, IL.
Jim and his wife Ingrid have two girls (9th and 6th grade), and they live in Orinda. In Jim's spare time, he enjoys movies with the family, golf, home repair, coaching, and driving his daughters around town.
Jim can be reached at email@example.com
Rev. Sally Train, Assistant Minister
The Rev. Sally Train attended Pacific School of Religion, and has since served U.C.C. churches in Easton Pennsylvania, Sunol California, Antioch California and Belmont California.
Sally works part-time at Orinda Community Church, and she focuses on preaching once a month, pastoral care, teaching adult education, and spiritual formation.
Sally is certified at the Advanced Level in the Barton Reading and Spelling System which is designed for students with dyslexia and/or a specific learning disability in reading. When she is not at the church, she is usually tutoring a child who needs the help.
Sally is married and lives in Walnut Creek with her husband, teenage daughter, Australian Shepherd dog, and tabby cat.”
Sally can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
David Milnes, Professor, Orchestra Director--UC Berkeley
David Milnes joined OCC as Organist/Choir Director in 1998. He also serves as music director of the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra and conductor of the Berkeley Contemporary Chamber Players.
Following early musical studies on the clarinet, piano, organ, cello and voice, he earned degrees from SUNY Stony Brook and Yale University. His conducting teachers have included Leonard Bernstein, Erich Leinsdorf, Max Rudolf, Herbert Blomstedt and Otto-Werner Mueller.
David has recently conducted the Oregon, Columbus, Anchorage and Cheyenne Symphonies, and has performed at the Tanglewood, Aspen, Monadnock and Killington Music Festivals. He has guest conducted and lectured at the Juilliard, Curtis and Mannes Schools as well as at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has also had a lifelong interest in jazz which has led to appearances with Gene Krupa, Chuck Mangione, Billy Taylor and John Pizzarelli.
David can be reached at email@example.com
Kelsey Peterson, Director of Youth and Family Ministries
Kelsey Peterson has served OCC for the past three years doing youth and family ministry. She focuses primarily on creating a community of faith that allows young people to feel guided in their faith by all people in the church, but also assists pastorally in various aspects of the church. Kelsey holds a Master's of Fine Arts in Dance from Saint Mary's College of California, as well as a Master’s of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion. She is also a certified 200hr certified Yoga Instructor. Her background in youth ministry comes from ten years of experience serving as a summer camp counselor and chaplain at Pilgrim Firs Conference Center, a UCC camp in Washington State. Also in Washington, Kelsey served as Director of Continuing Education for two years at Wayside UCC. She has a passion for walking with youth and children on their faith journeys and loves being able to do that as part of the OCC community.
Kelsey can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dion Maskaleris, Caretaker
Hi, my name is Dion. My mother is Jewish and my father is Greek both immigrants to America right before and after World War 2. I am a Hoosier born in Indiana. As a child, I grew up in Midwestern states, Mediterranean countries and then Berkeley in the 60's. As a teenager in
the late sixties I lived in rural north western Sonoma County attending an alternative high school with farm animals and organic farming. I lived in Fresno where I was a daytime custodian for Fresno Unified Schools for 20 years. I worked for an alternative books distributor in Oakland called
Book People for two years. I lived in Seattle for five years and in Arcata Humboldt County for two years. I have lived outdoors in nature for many months at a time. I enjoy bicycling 10 to 75 miles a day as recreation and transportation as I have not owned a car for 20 years. I write essays and
poetry about the human condition, nature and spirituality.
Dagmar Slovak, Office Administrator
Dagmar runs the day to day operations of the church, including updating the web site, and managing all print and electronic communications as well as personal interactions with visitors and members and friends of the church. Dagmar has worked at Orinda Community Church for over 9 years.
Dagmar can be reached at email@example.com