We want to share our wonderful Staff with you!
Learn a bit about the people who make our church a welcoming place to come and learn about making All Of Life All For Jesus.
Thank you, Brian Berger, for all you do for our church!
What’s your title and what do you do?
I’m the Pastor of Redemption Youth (7th-12th grades). I lead a staff of about 40 volunteers that are investing in the lives of our teens. We aim to get kids “Linked up” to other Christians, help them “Learn to know God”, and teach them how to “Love others like Christ loves us.”
How long have you been at Redemption Church, and what made you call this home?
I followed my girlfriend, Julie to Redemption Gilbert (then, East Valley Bible Church) in 1999. We got married in The Chapel in 2001. We were drawn to the church by Tom Shrader’s teaching and the community we found in C2 (the college and career ministry). Julie was one of about 12 college students that started that ministry. It grew to about 300 during our time there.
What’s the most interesting book or article you’ve read this week?
I just read a short book called “Small Cloud Rising” that has my wheels turning about how we can be doing discipleship better.
What’s your favorite restaurant, and why?
I’m not sure I have a favorite. I like food a lot. My favorite breakfast is the burrito at Crepe Bar. My favorite lunch is a steak sandwich at Firebirds. My favorite dinner is pizza at Nook Kitchen in Arcadia.
What’s your favorite passage of scripture and why?
I honestly feel like right now it is so hard to pick a favorite scripture. I feel so desperate for God’s right leading for my family and the people I love through such a difficult time in our country and in our church. Opening up the Bible is my source of power and strength that restores me. It is so refreshing in these times.
What I love about Ephesians 3:14-19 is that it captures how I feel about the church. The Apostle Paul is suffering for the sake of sharing the Gospel with the Gentiles. In the first 2 Chapters he lays it out. It’s enough to make you shout and cheer!
Then in Chapter 3, Paul hits his knees, begging God to give the people he loves the power to understand how great God’s love is. His brothers and sister will be filled with the fullness of God. I want Paul’s prayer answered for me. I want to understand how big his love is. I want to be filled with the fullness of God. But I can’t. It has to be God’s Holy Spirit…Christ dwelling in me. I beg Him to give me the power to understand it, and I beg him to give my brothers and sisters the power to understand it. I pray our roots grow down into that love and our lives become strengthened. I don’t have the words or speech to make that happen, so I fall on my knees.
In Ephesians, understanding God’s love precedes unity (Chapter 4). We’re trying to accomplish unity without Chapter 3! It can’t happen. It won’t happen.
I want the church to pray with me for this. I want them to pray for me too!
Jesus loves us. This we know. “For the Bible tells me so.” But do we seek God for the power to comprehend how high, long, wide, and deep His love is?
What’s your favorite sports team to root for and why?
SunDevil football. I’m obsessed. I was raised on ASU sports, but became obsessed during the Jake Plummer – Keith Poole years. Keith is now a friend of mine.
Where did you grow up?
My parents were raised in old town Scottsdale since the 60’s. I grew up in Scottsdale when north Scottsdale was Shea Blvd. My dad taught and coached in the Scottsdale school district, and my mom worked at an orthodontics office.
Where is the most interesting place you’ve been, and why did it leave an impression?
Israel. Floating on the Sea of Galilee and visiting the sites where Jesus did ministry with people I love was incredibly impactful. I’m not sure how it’s impacted me, but I think of those places and experiences every time I read the Gospels.
What fictional place would you most like to go?
How do you feel about pineapple on pizza?