Bergman, Roger and Mary


Location / Europe
Country / Spain
Website / www.esperantzasendoa.com
Mission Board / World Wide New Testament Baptist Mission

About Us

The Roger Bergman family has been serving the Lord in a pioneer church-planting work in Bera, Navarra, in the Basque region of Spain since 1991.  Roger's focus has been on "finding ways to spend time with people in order to give them the gospel."  While they have regular church services in a rented storefront building, most of their witnessing and preaching takes place one on one "on the street" while talking with a neighbor on a walk, working in the garden, or simply having a "cultural cup of coffee."  Roger continues to stay busy teaching English classes, coaching or refereeing for local basketball teams, distributing gospel literature and numerous other avenues of outreach that allow him to have regular contact with people, looking for God's Divine appointments with individuals.  Mary is involved in outreach to a growing number of women.  Their church has a storefront display window where they regularly put up a different evangelistic theme or Bible story.  They have four children: Elizabeth, a pastor's wife and mother of their three granddaughters; Christina, a Christian school teacher; John, serving in the United States Marine Corps.; and David, who is still at home serving with them in Spain.

Roger was saved when a Senior in High school.  He had gone to church all his life and had been active.  At the time he got saved (January 1979), he was the leader of his church youth group.  The Lord brought great conviction to his heart about his pride and saved him during a special evangelistic meeting.  He was off to Bob Jones University the following year, eventually graduating with a Bible major and Spanish minor, fully convinced that God had called him as a missionary to Spain.  After joining Faith Baptist Church in the spring of 1981, Roger spent an extended part of that summer in Spain, getting to know the land of his calling.  During his Junior and Senior years at BJU, he gravitated to Spanish outreach ministries connected with BJU, including the Spanish church plant at Faith Baptist Church.  After he and Mary were married, they were heavily involved in the Spanish ministry of Faith Baptist Church, including teaching in their Bible Institute, until they started deputation (1988) and left for the field (1991).  Roger was ordained to the gospel ministry as a minister of Faith Baptist Church on January 13th, 1991.

Mary was saved shortly after her parents' conversion.  The family had been Roman Catholic prior to each one getting saved.  Mary was conscious of her need to be saved before attending an evangelistic crusade in Raleigh, NC.  She professed faith in Christ at that time, at 12 years of age.  After that, God was gracious to her, eventually leading her to BJU where she met Roger.  During the summer after they met, God worked in Mary's heart to bring her to yield herself to do whatever His will would be for her life. 


She has followed her call to be Roger's wife, serving with him in the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18), since July 21, 1984 when they were married.

Besides the daily and weekly work of planting a local church in the Bortziriak, or the Cinco Villas of the Bidasoa River (The Five Villages of the Bidasoa River) in the Basque region of Navarra, Spain, the Bergmans have participated in, and have directed summer camps in central Spain.  They have hosted a number of mission teams that have travelled to Europe to help in their local church missions outreach, and they have been involved in teaching in a Bible Institute at the first church planted by a missionary from their Mission, World Wide New Testament Baptist Mission.