After serving as a layman in our local church and a teacher in our public schools, I was called to pastor a church in a nearby town. After two years in that position, I was privileged to return to my home church as pastor on October 6, 1996. It has been my pleasure to pastor Banner Church of the Nazarene since that time. In addition, I have completed 37.5 years in public education, and have retired from those responsibilities. I am currently serving on the McDonald County School Board.
In addition to preaching, I enjoy teaching small groups and playing piano in the Banner Praise Team. My mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ and to help them experience the abundant life that Jesus came to provide.
My wife, Charlene, and I have been happily married since 1981 and are the proud parents of grown son, Bo (wife Kelsey), and the grandparents of our precious Blakely.
Charlene Bergen, Banner’s Equipping Minister, is the wife of Pastor Dennis Bergen. They have a son, Bo, and daughter-in-law, Kelsey. They have a two year old granddaughter, Blakely, who is their pride and joy.
Charlene taught public school for 18 years in the state of Missouri. She received a Masters in Educational Leadership through Arkansas State University. She has a passion to see people succeed in their leadership roles and teaching is very close to her heart. She loves the Lord and is excited to be in this new role at Banner Church.
Danny and his wife Peggy have been married since 1990 and have three adult sons, Kyle, Kevin, and Kasey. Danny received his BA in Theology from Olivet Nazarene University. He received his Masters in Religious Education from the Nazarene Seminary. Danny has served as senior pastor in churches in Louisiana, Nebraska, and Kansas. Danny leads our Benevolence, Nursing Home, Van Ministries.
Rich has been a resident of southwest Missouri since 2007 when he and his wife of over 30 years purchased a ranch west of Goodman. They have three adult sons and 15 grandchildren. Rich received his BA in Management and MBA from American Public University. Rich has been attending Banner Church of the Nazarene since 2007 and has previously served on the praise team, church board, and SDMI President. Rich co-leads Wranglers for Christ Cowboy Ministry.
Ginger has been a resident of southwest Missouri since 2007 when she and her husband of
over 30 years purchased a ranch west of Goodman. Ginger raised three sons who together
have fifteen children of their own. Being a long-term wife, mother and grandmother, Ginger is
aware and appreciates the impact of families on the progress and outcome of the next
generations. Therefore, she recognizes generational transition and life challenges. As a person
who has lived in various locations in the world, Ginger is also aware of cultural and religious
differences that may impact the success of those life transitions within a spiritual walk.
Ginger graduated from American Public University in 2013 with a B.S. in Psychology and went
on to obtain her master’s degree from John Brown University in 2017 in Community Counseling
with a focus on Marriage and Family Therapy and Group Therapy. Ginger has also worked in
Equine Assisted Therapy, Learning and Growth. Currently, she is completing the Counselor,
Education, and Supervision doctoral program at Capella University. Ginger has also focused on
pastoral coursework from Northwest Nazarene University for ordination and currently holds a
District License in ministry from the Nazarene Joplin District.
Ginger continues to affect change in lives though pastoring at a local cowboy/cowgirl church.
Ginger with her husband, Rich, have worked to develop the ranch by building a barn with both
indoor and outdoor arenas. Ginger and Rich had conducted activities and held services for
Wranglers for Christ Cowboy/Cowgirl Church since 2014. When not working at the barn, Ginger
has worked in private counseling settings, group settings, as part of a treatment team with
psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, medical staff, and students.
Ginger has always had a passion for God’s work with people and helping them navigate issues
in a kind, loyal, and spirit-led way. Ginger has experience with children, couples, families, and
individuals in many life situations. She believes in repairing troubled families through education
and focus on biblical application. Ginger works within a strength based, solution focused, hope
filled, strategy for helping people find the life changes they seek.