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2023 Council Ratification

March 12, 2023

Once you have reviewed the nominees, please click to cast your vote for ratification. The following candidates are under consideration to join the church council for the 2023-2026 term:

Kerry Bergler

After 10 years managing corporate real estate for the Schnitzer Family in Portland, Kerry moved to Bend with her husband in 2003 to begin a new adventure.  Shortly thereafter, she co-founded Mint, a full service event design and production company specializing in Destination Weddings, Corporate Events and Consulting, which has steadily grown alongside the wedding and events industry for the past 18 years.  In addition to running a fast-paced business, she is also a happy wife to Brian and lucky mom to four amazing kids.  Kerry and her family have been at Westside almost 5 years and  been involved with Frontline Families and volunteered with Women’s and Children’s Ministries.

Cory Bittner

Cory Bittner, who accepted God into his life over 25 years ago, has been married to his wife Sara for 21 years and has three kids: Logan (20), Corbin (17), and Abbie (14). Since moving to Bend from Corvallis in 2003, he has been developing master planned communities, volunteering in coaching sports, FCA, Young Life, and focused on raising his family. Cory and his family have been attending Westside for the last five years, have served with Westside Youth, been part of the Giving Tree gift-wrapping team for the last couple of years, and love their community group.

Nate Kupish

Nate Kupish is a follower of Jesus living in Bend, Oregon, with his two kids Ezra (4) and Arlo (2). He is the founder of BLASTOFF! Studio and has worked as a Pastor, an Instructional Designer at Apple, and a Creative Director for two organizations. Analyzing and solving problems with organized thinking and imagination is what he loves. In addition, Nate enjoys putting his time, energy, and heart into people, design, and details. Nate is part of a Westside community group and has volunteered for Westside’s communications team.

Dana Gillet

Dana Gillet

Dana Gillet has been married to his wife, Pam, for 44 years, and they share two children David (40) and Jessie (38), as well as two grandchildren. After traveling extensively, they have been living in Bend for almost 20 years, where he has owned and operated a business and split his time between Central Oregon and Washington. Dana and his wife have enjoyed opening up their home to their community group at Westside and being a part of this church family.

Brant Himes

Brant Himes and Jackie have lived in Bend with their two kids Maddie (13) and Geoffrey (11) since 2016. They have been attending Westside since 2021. Brant currently serves on the worship team playing drums and volunteers with the high school youth group. Brandt holds a PhDin theology and is an Associate Professor for Los Angeles Pacific University, where he teaches courses in Bible, history, religion, leadership, and ethics. Brant also writes and publishes in the areas of historical theology, discipleship, the common good, online learning, and higher education. Brant and his family love being part of what God is doing in Bend through Westside!