Leah Martens, Lead Pastor

Pastor Leah Martens does the bulk of the preaching at Haven.

Pastor Leah Martens does the bulk of the preaching at Haven.

Leah Martens is our lead pastor.  Leah came to faith in Jesus as a theatre student at Northwestern University in Chicago (of all places!). After spending several years as a professional gigging singer/songwriter fronting an alt/folk/rock band in Chicago, she did something equally crazy and impractical and entered seminary to begin the process of preparing for someday starting this group that would come to be called Haven.  Leah has a Masters in Christian Ministry from North Park Seminary in Chicago, and served for five years as Worship Pastor of Sanctuary Community Church in Iowa City before moving to Berkeley to start Haven. In addition to leading Haven, Leah is wife to Jason and is mother to three children, ranging ages six to twelve. Learn more about her story here.

Jill Gidlund, Godly Play Coordinator

Photo by Amanda Silas.

Jill Gidlund has worked with children in many settings for the past 20 years, as a teacher, caregiver and pastor. With a background in early childhood education and training in contemplative practices, her work now combines a variety of her passions for supporting children and families in their spiritual lives. She is a trained Godly Play teacher, presents workshops and classes for parents about children’s spirituality and leads the community of children at Haven. Jill’s other loves include flowers, writing and baking and taking road trips with her family.