pkb01Pete Berntson took up his appointment as Pastor of Church of the Palms United Methodist on July 1, 2011.

A native of Minnesota and North Dakota, Pete has lived in South Carolina since 1992 when he was transferred here with AT&T. With a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of North Dakota, and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas, Pete is now applying the skills learned in engineering and executive positions, with the gifts and talents God has provided, to be an obedient servant of Christ.

Pete is a Licensed Local Pastor, receiving his license in 2004. He has completed the Basic Course of Study and is currently finishing the Advanced Course of Study at Duke, which will allow him to pursue ordination in the United Methodist Church.

Pete is a trained Stephen Minister and Stephen Leader, a former Hospice Volunteer/ Watchman, and has served as a Trustee of Wesley Commons in Greenwood, SC. Pete previously served as Director of Ministries at Covenant UMC in Greer, SC and then as Associate Pastor until 2007. At that time, Pete was appointed as Associate Pastor at Advent UMC in Simpsonville, SC.

Pete's stabilizing force is his wife, Kathy. They have two grown daughters, Kristen living in Rock Hill, SC, and Sara and her husband, Chuck, living in Acworth, GA.  Sara and Chuck have two sons, McCutchen and Pierce.  Pete's two sisters and his mother still live in Minnesota.