Berv Peterson, chairman of our Council of Elders, grew up in a Christian home on a dairy farm in Minnesota. After serving time in the military, he moved to Chicago to work at Swedish Covenant Hospital. Berv was introduced to The Moody Church by his then-girlfriend (and future wife) Mary. Dr. Sweeting was Senior Pastor at that time, and Jim Gwinn was the youth pastor. They befriended Berv and drew him into ministry. Their friendship and others, along with the Christ-centered teaching, attracted Berv to The Moody Church, and he became a member in 1968. Since that time, Berv has taught Sunday school classes, sponsored the high school group, served as a Deacon, and been a member of the Parking Committee, Christian Education Committee, Trustee Board, and Elder Council. He currently works in the renovation and management of multi-family rental properties in Chicago.