The Rev. John Stephen Bergmann, 1942-2015

November 13, 2015
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The Rev. John Stephen Bergmann died on Saturday, November 7, 2015 from cancer. An Episcopal priest, he was canonically resident in the Diocese of Ohio but licensed in Missouri. He was born on January 31, 1942 in St. Louis and grew up here where he was a member of Christ Church Cathedral. After graduating from Drury College in Springfield, he was called to ministry from this diocese, received his divinity degree from Bexley Seminary, and ordained to the diaconate in June of 1968 by Bishop George Cadigan, and to the priesthood in Dec. 1968 by Bishop Roger Blanchard (Diocese of Southern Ohio).

Following a parish assistantship in Ohio he returned to Missouri where in 1970 he was called and served as rector of Christ Church in Cape Girardeau for 16 years. He was active in diocesan governance serving on the Standing Committee, Diocesan Council, and two terms as convocation president. He went on to serve at St. Timothy's in Indianapolis, IN; Calvary in Sedalia, MO; St. Paul's in Medina, OH; St. Christopher's by-the river in Gates Mills, OH; St Mary's in Portsmouth RI and St, Matthew's in Jamestown, RI. After retirement, in Sept. 2006 he was called by St. Peter’s Church to serve as pastoral assistant. In 2012 he joined the clergy staff of St. Martin’s Church in Ellisville until 2014. In recent years, Stephen had been doing a lot of supply preaching in this diocese.

He is survived by his wife Nancy, children and grandchildren, and friends across this diocese and the wider church.

His memorial service will be held at St. Peter's Church in Ladue, 110 N. Warson Rd. on Monday, November 16 at 10 am. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to St. Luke's Center for Cancer Care, 232 S. Woods Mill Rd., Chesterfield, MO; Bexley Hall Seabury Western Theological Federation, 583 Sheridan, Columbus, OH; St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Ladue, or to St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 4714 Clifton Ave., St. Louis, MO, where he and Nancy have been worshiping in recent years.

Obit in the Post-Dispatch  Photo from St. Martin's Church, Ellisville.

Rest eternal grant to him, O Lord;
And let light perpetual shine upon him.
 May his soul, and the souls of all the departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

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