David Berquist

For nearly 50 years, I have helped people of all ages to better themselves through education. After graduation from the University of Maine in 1966, I taught high school in Millinocket. Then, the U.S. Army had me for a while but eventually I completed a master’s degree from UMaine. I then took a high school teaching position in Massachusetts but after a few years, I went west to earn a doctorate from the University of Nebraska. I returned to New England and took a position at Becker College in central Massachusetts. There, I held a number of academic and leadership positions until I retired in 2003 as Dean of the College. I also taught evening courses to adults whenever I could in several area colleges and universities. I returned to Bangor after my retirement and where I grew up, but soon went to work as an educational consultant to Eastern Maine Community College. Finally, for nine years I worked as an English as a Second Language tutor for the Bangor School Department and worked with high school as well as elementary aged students.

I am the author of two recent books about Bangor history. The first titled Prelude to Courage, An Air Warrior’s Journey of Faith chronicles the life of a Bangor born youth whose life is drastically altered by World War II. My second book titled Bangor in World War II: From the Homefront to the Embattled Skiesdetails the strategic importance that Bangor played in America’s World War II war effort. I am also the author of numerous magazine articles and stories.

I am married to Laureen Frost and live in Hermon. I have two children, a daughter and a son,  and  two step sons. Between my wife and myself, we have seven grandchildren.

Nearly a decade ago, the red doors of St. John’s church beckoned me to enter. I was attracted by the music initially to the point that I immediately joined the choir. But as time went on I began to experience the “faith life” of the people gathered here for worship every sabbath and holy day.

The verses of the old hymn “My faith looks up to thee” expresses the complete Christian message. The central essence of faith in Jesus Christ is all that we have that is durable in this life. Christ’s teachings provide promise, hope, and light to a world full of darkness and fear. As His disciples, the people of St. John’s continue to speak to God’s love in the Bangor community as they have done as a parish for over 180 years. Now more than ever, though, this witness is needed to bring more people to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and into the life of the parish. I support the outreach efforts of the parish as important to its mission and vibrancy in the greater Bangor community.

As a member of the vestry, I can bring a valued perspective of a career spent in higher education with many professional and community leadership positions held. I can also add a unique historical perspective of Bangor having recently published two books about its history. I ask for your prayers and support.