Dr. Jeremy Berg is the founding and lead pastor of MainStreet Covenant Church in Minnetonka Beach, MN, where he has served since 2010. He is a professor of Biblical and theological Studies teaching classes at Bethel University (St. Paul), University of Northwestern–St. Paul, North Central University (Minneapolis), and Solid Rock Discipleship School.
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Prior to church planting, Jeremy served two churches as a youth pastor and worked in public schools as a high school basketball coach and substitute teacher, while growing his prayer life behind-the-wheel teaching driver education. Jeremy is an itinerant teacher of the Kingdom and a “pastor to the pastorless” in his hometown where he has ministered since 2005, providing a safe place for spiritual seekers who aren’t interested in church-as-usual. Read more here.
Jeremy holds a doctorate degree (D.Min) in New Testament context (2021) from Northern Seminary near Chicago, where he studied with renowned New Testament scholar Scot McKnight. He earned his Masters degree in Theological Studies from Bethel Seminary (2005) and a BA in Biblical & Theological Studies from Bethel University (2002). He is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Covenant Church.
Jeremy has spent the past 20 years as a teacher in a wide variety of contexts including a swim instructor and coach; high school basketball coach; driving Instructor; mentoring at-risk teens; a substitute teacher (grades K-12) in five public school districts; a youth pastor and Christian education director; lead pastor, preacher, and disciple-maker; and a college professor.
Jeremy and his fun, spunky wife Kjerstin (Keri) have three children — Peter, Isaak and Abigail. Jeremy enjoys jangly electric guitars, sparkling beverages, the smell of old books, reading to his kids, watching PBS Masterpiece with his wife, and endless hours listening to podcasts on his lawn tractor. In a previous life, Jeremy was the all-time leading scorer in basketball for his high school. These days he prefers golf, but will challenge anyone to a 3-point shootout.
Jeremy considers himself a “big tent evangelical” with a deep appreciation for the Great Tradition of Christian Theology. He is an adventurous reader, probing the latest in New Testament scholarship while digging back into the early Church Fathers or Medieval mystics. “All truth is God’s truth,” Jeremy says, “So let’s go dig it up!” Some of Jeremy’s biblical and theological influences include Scot McKnight, N. T. Wright, Stanley Hauerwas, C. S. Lewis, Eugene Peterson, Dallas Willard, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Greg Boyd.
Contact Jeremy directly at thatjeremyberg(at)gmail.com.