Meet the Table Leader: Merlynn

We want you to get to know the awesome leadership we have at Desert Springs at our Tuesday Morning Bible Studies. Our Table Leaders study the Word, direct discussion at the tables, and pray fervently for you…EVERY WEEK!!!

MEET THE TABLE LEADER: Merlynn Bergen

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TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I am a nearly life-long believer, now retired.  Earlier I was a psychologist involved in research and teaching at Stanford University’s School of Medicine.  For many years, too, I was the training director, continuing education teacher and care giver for Stephen Ministry in my home church in Los Altos, CA.  I have two grown boys and four grandkids, spread out in middle and western USA.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN AT DESERT SPRINGS & HOW DID IT BECOME HOME TO YOU?

I came to Surprise, AZ to be near my mother in 2004.  I joined DSCC in 2005 after a church-search of some months.  The preaching drew me, and the wonderful people have kept me here.  Recently, with my mother now in Glory, I moved to Litchfield Park to be closer to church and my friends here.

WHERE ARE YOU SERVING AT DSCC?

My biggest commitment is Tuesday morning Women’s Bible Study.  I am active in a Life Group, meeting in my home part of the year.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE VERSE & WHY?

Since high school, my favorite verses have been Philippians 4:6-7. “Be careful for nothing but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, will keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”  Of course I learned the verses in my King James Bible.

If you see MERLYNN around, be sure to say “Hi!”

  

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MEET THE TABLE LEADER: DANIELLE

We want you to get to know the awesome leadership we have at Desert Springs at our Tuesday Morning Bible Studies. Our Table Leaders study the Word, direct discussion at the tables, and pray fervently for you…EVERY WEEK!!!

MEET THE TABLE LEADER: DANIELLE KELLER

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TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I live in Litchfield Park with my img_1362hubs and 3 kids. We have been married 23 years and own our own business. Chandler is 19 and a sophomore in college. Hailey is 13, and Ashley is 12. I’m one of those rare Arizona natives and grew up on the north side of town. I love decorating, shopping and all things Pinterest. But my passion is studying God’s Word.

 

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN AT DESERT SPRINGS & HOW DID IT BECOME HOME TO YOU?

We’ve been attending DSCC for about 11 years. They had just moved into the old building (which had previously been a Catholic church), and the holy water vessel was still in the back of the sanctuary. Things sure have changed since then! We used to attend Palmcroft, and after we moved to Litchfield Park we found out that Pastor Don had moved to Desert Springs to help his son, Steve, out. We figured if he was Don’s son, it must be a good church, and we’ve been here ever since! 🙂

WHERE ARE YOU SERVING AT DSCC?

I serve on the Charis Women’s Team.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE VERSE & WHY?

I have so many favorites, and maybe a few favorites for each season in life. But the one for right now is “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6. God is so good and so faithful, and that which He starts, He will complete! That gives me such comfort and encouragement, as I rarely ever get to see anything to completion in this season of my life. But the Lord is complete, and all that He begins in us He will complete!

If you see DANIELLE around, be sure to say “Hi!”

MEET THE TABLE LEADER: SHARON

We want you to get to know the awesome leadership we have at Desert Springs at our Tuesday Morning Bible Studies. Our Table Leaders study the Word, direct discussion at the tables, and pray fervently for you…EVERY WEEK!!!

MEET THE TABLE LEADER: SHARON ENGRAM

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TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I was blessed to be raised in a Christian home and accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior at the age of 9. I am so thankful the Lord led me to Baptist Bible College in Springfield, MO. It was while I was there that I felt a call to full time ministry. My only stipulation was I didn’t want to go to Africa and I didn’t want to be a pastor’s wife! 🙂 When Don and I met and married, he was in youth work. After 6 years of marriage, God called us to First Baptist Church in Pekin, Illinois, where Don was the Senior Pastor. God knows where He wants to place us to use us for His glory! I am so thankful for the privilege it has been to live my life serving in the church and also international missions work through International Needs. God is so good to allow me to travel with my husband to 55 countries, teaching and encouraging women in their faith.

I have 4 children: Ric, Steve, Shari & Lori. We have 14 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren & another one arriving in April! My desire as I raised my children was that they would love the Lord and serve Him. I feel so blessed to be a mother, grandmother & great grandmother.

I enjoy walking, traveling, my Premier Designs Jewelry business, hospitality in our home and most of all, time with our family!

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN AT DESERT SPRINGS & HOW DID IT BECOME HOME TO YOU?

When Don retired from Palmcroft Church, where we has pastored for 17 years, Desert Springs became our church home.

WHERE ARE YOU SERVING AT DSCC?

Don has served as Mission’s pastor here at DSCC, together we started the ministry called Fourth Quarter, and we host a Life Group. I serve on the Women’s Retreat Team and enjoy leading a Bible study table.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE VERSE & WHY?

My favorite verse, which is my life verse, is Philippians 1:6, “Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

If you see Sharon around, be sure to say “Hi!”

MEET THE TABLE LEADER: JUDY

We want you to get to know the awesome leadership we have at Desert Springs at our Tuesday Morning Bible Studies. Our Table Leaders study the Word, direct discussion at the tables, and pray fervently for you…EVERY WEEK!!!

MEET THE TABLE LEADER: JUDY MULLINGS

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TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

My name is Judith Ann Mullings. I love the LORD! I love Bible Study! What a privilege to get to study God’s Words with you Ladies on Tuesday Mornings.

I was born in the Ozarks and raised in the desert. My husband and I went to Kindergarten together. His family and my family went to the same little church in a little farming town in California. We have been married 50+ years. We have 2 sons and a grandson. We enjoy our family very much!

We live in Waddell with a rescue dog, a rescue horse and lots of bunny rabbits. I love watching the sun go down over the White Tank Mountains.

I have several hobbies. I love to read. I always have a book on my night stand that I am reading. I enjoy walking our “run away dog.” I enjoy sewing and embroidering. Working outside in the yard is a treat for me! I have enjoyed horseback riding and team penning and riding my bike.

I graduated from Grand Canyon University when it was Southern Baptist College. I taught school for 30 years. Twenty-seven of those years in the Peoria Unified School District and 3 years in California. I taught Special Education, Learning Disabilities, Grades K- 8. I also helped pilot a Transitional First Grade Program.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN AT DESERT SPRINGS & HOW DID IT BECOME HOME TO YOU?

Desert Springs Community Church is a blessing to me. Three generations of pastors serving the Lord (a fourth generation growing up). What an encouragement to me! We have been attending DSCC for about 10 years.

WHERE ARE YOU SERVING AT DSCC?

I serve the Lord as a Bible Study Table Facilitator and a 9:30AM Sunday Greeter. I am so thankful for the pastors, pastors’ wives and staff and the opportunity to attend and serve the Lord at DSCC where the Word of God is preached!

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE VERSE & WHY?

One of my favorite Bible verses is Isaiah 53:6, “All we like sheep have gone astray, each f us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

One day, my dad had been moving cattle, and he came riding up on a his horse with a little lamb laying across the horse’s neck. He handed me the little lamb. That lamb became a pet running around outside. We would have to go look for him because he was not always where he should be.

I like this verse because my Lord Jesus always comes looking for me when I have gone astray and wanted my own way! The price my Lord Jesus paid for my sins reminds me how much He loves me.

If you see Judy around, be sure to say “HI!”

MEET THE TABLE LEADER: TIFFANY

We want you to get to know the awesome leadership we have at Desert Springs at our Tuesday Morning Bible Studies. Our Table Leaders study the Word, direct discussion at the tables, and pray fervently for you…EVERY WEEK!!!

MEET THE TABLE LEADER: TIFFANY KELLY

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TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

My husband Jim and I have been married for 15 years. We have two adorable little boys; Graham is 4, and Reed is 3. I keep very busy chasing my boys around, refereeing wrestling matches, feeding them constantly, going to the park and trying to wear them out so they will go to bed at night! 🙂 We have lived in Goodyear for 7 years and love it. We moved in January, but only 3 miles from our old house and we stayed in Goodyear. I love having a single story home! I enjoy reading, though I don’t have much time for it right now. I also enjoy cooking and baking (just ask my Life Group). I also enjoy my morning walks, taking my boys on dates, and traveling.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN AT DESERT SPRINGS & HOW DID IT BECOME HOME TO YOU?

We have been at DSCC since we moved to AZ 9 years ago. My family that was out here was already at DSCC, so we just jumped in when we moved here. Serving is a great way to meet people and feel a part of something!

WHERE ARE YOU SERVING AT DSCC?

Currently, I am a table leader, and my husband and I are involved in the new marriage mentoring ministry.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE VERSE & WHY?

Lamentations 3:21-23 “Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning.”

This verse is just so rich. Hope, love, faithfulness, we need all of these things every day, and God never gets tired of lavishing them on us. It’s also a great reminder that I need to be sharing those same things with the people around me each day. Even when I really don’t feel like it or don’t want to or they don’t deserve it, that just makes it even more important to show them these attributes.

If you see Tiffany around, be sure to say “HI!”

 

MEET THE TABLE LEADER: JENNIFER

We want you to get to know the awesome leadership we have at Desert Springs at our Tuesday Morning Bible Studies. Our Table Leaders study the Word, direct discussion at the tables, and pray fervently for you…EVERY WEEK!!!

MEET THE TABLE LEADER: JENNIFER MCKAY

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TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I live in the West Valley, about 3 miles from DSCC with my husband, David, and our 2 daughters, Olivia & Sophia. Up until last Christmas, I worked at Honeywell as a Finance Analyst, but as I readjust to being home, I’m just trying to enjoy ever minute of our daughters’ high school years before they are over.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN AT DESERT SPRINGS & HOW DID IT BECOME HOME TO YOU?

We started attending DSCC about 10 years ago. We attended a New Year’s service, and as we listened to people share what the Lord had done in their lives that year, we knew in our hearts that we had found a church home.

WHERE ARE YOU SERVING AT DSCC?

I am serving in the ladies study this fall, and I also am part of the coffee service team.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE VERSE & WHY?

I love the following verses because they are about me. They explain why I am saved while my dad, my brother & my sister are not; they answer the question, “How is it that I can see and believe, yet so many others cannot see?”

“But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:27-29

MEET THE TABLE LEADER: DEBBIE

We want you to get to know the awesome leadership we have at Desert Springs at our Tuesday Morning Bible Studies. Our Table Leaders study the Word, direct discussion at the tables, and pray fervently for you…EVERY WEEK!!!

MEET THE TABLE LEADER: DEBBIE EWALD

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TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

I am married to Dave; we have been married for 29 years. We lived in the Phoenix area the first time in the late 90’s (1994-1999) and just moved back here in May. We love living here and are thrilled to be back. We have 2 grown children: Josh & Jenna. Josh lives here in the Phoenix area and is married to his wife, Cassandra. They have one son, Whitman, & are expecting a second child. Our daughter Jenna lives in Arlington, VA and is single. She graduated from BIOLA University in 2014.

I am a stay at home wife. Dave works out of our home when he is not traveling. He has spent the last many years traveling with his job, so it is really great to get to be home when he is in town. We enjoy walking in the morning, going to movies, traveling, exploring new & different places, eating out, and spending time with family. I really enjoy being involved with women’s ministries & love being in Bible study.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN AT DESERT SPRINGS & HOW DID IT BECOME HOME TO YOU?

Our son has been attending DSCC for several years, and we visited there when we were in town. When we moved back to AZ, we were thrilled to be able to start attending DSCC and call it our church home.

WHERE ARE YOU SERVING AT DSCC?

I am serving at DSCC as a table leader for women’s Bible study. Dave & I also attend an adult Bible study on Sunday mornings and are in a Lifegroup.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE VERSE & WHY?

There are SO many:

For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him – 2 Chronicles 16:9 NIV

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord Himself, is the Rock eternal – Isaiah 26:3-4 NIV

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. – Isaiah 40:31 NIV

But now, this is what the Lord says – He who created you, Jacob, He who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. – Isaiah 43:1-3 NIV

I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! – Ephesians 3:16-21
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your graciousness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made know to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7 HCSB
I chose these verses because they ALL speak to the relationship that I am so BLESSED to have in Him. He is always there for me, helping me, encouraging me, watching over me, protecting me. He knows everything about me and STILL loves me. That is mind boggling to me to think about. I am so very thankful that God desires to have relationship with me, that I am His adopted daughter. It is my prayer that I will desire more every day to spend time with Him.

If you see Debbie around, be sure to say “HI!”