Rev. Jolene Bergstrom Carlson


Rev. Jolene Bergstrom Carlson
Executive Director and President
Former Associate Superintendent of the Central Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church, Chicago, Illinois

Everyone deserves a place where s/he feels safe and supported.  Ministry Mentors is that place for professional clergy.  In my many years of serving in ministry first as a pastor’s spouse, then as a pastor, and later as a middle judicatory leader, I frequently witnessed the need for pastors to find that safe place.  Pastors care for an entire congregation.  Where do pastors go for encouragement and challenge for themselves?  When pastors realize they are not alone in their joys and frustrations, there is a profound connection.  Ministry Mentors helps pastors connect with each other providing interdenominational and confidential support.  I am both honored and excited to lead such a movement that offers assistance to pastors thus helping The Church be the strong voice it needs to be in our ever-changing world. 

Professional Background: Associate Superintendent of the Central Conference of Evangelical Covenant Church, 2002-2013
Chicago, ILOrdination Mentor, 1998-present

Trained Spiritual Director, 2007-present

Associate Pastor North Park Covenant Church, 1995-2002   Chicago, IL

Senior Pastor of Douglas Park Covenant Church, 1985-1995
Chicago, IL

Parent Educator, PACES (Parent and Childbirth Education Society), 1975-1985
Western Suburbs of Chicago, IL

Instructor at Triton College, 1969-1976
River Grove, IL

Instructor at Kennedy King College, 1967-1969
Chicago, IL

Selected Offices and Memberships: Ministry Mentors President/Executive Director, 2013–Present

Central Conference of Ev. Covenant Church Ministerial Standing Committee

Central Conference of Ev. Covenant Church Hispanic Strategy Committee

Central Conference of Ev. Covenant Church Spiritual Directors Network Committee

Evangelical Covenant Church National Ministerium

Organizing for Mission Committee for the Evangelical Covenant Church

Association of Covenant Women Clergy

Southern Poverty Law Organization

Association of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Heifer International

Writings Pilgrimage of Parenting  (co-author)

Called and Gifted: A reaffirmation of the biblical basis for the full participation of women in the ministries of the church.  Part of the commission that wrote this material.

Various materials for new church development training

Various materials for worship resources


Various materials for leadership training

Various materials for asset based ministries

Education: Institute of Spiritual Companionship, Trained as a Spiritual Director, 2006-2008

Creative Coaching Training, 2010

Ordained to Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Covenant Church ,1996

Master of Divinity studies:  Bethany Theological Seminary, North Park Theological Seminary, Lutheran School of Theology, 1983-1993

Master of Arts in Communication and Theatre Arts:  University of Northern Colorado, 1967

Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Theatre Arts:  University of Northern Colorado, 1966

Continuing Education Events Nonviolent Communication Training

Multi-Ethnic Ministry Training

School of Racial Righteousness Training

Alban Institute Middle Judicatory Training

Sankofa Journey, a Covenant Church trip to civil rights locations for racial reconciliation

Lombard Peace Center conflict mediation training

Interests: Walking, gardening, reading and watching movies.