- Currently serving: Tegucigalpa, Honduras
- Serving since: 1976
- Married: 1975
- Children: 3 grown sons; 3 grandchildren
Nathan and Cathy Bert have been involved in service with BIC U.S. World Missions since 1976. From 1976 to 1979, they served at Macha Secondary School in Zambia. They then moved to the Bronx, New York, serving as directors of the Bronx Community Service Ministries, where they were active in discipling and counseling young adults in the program.
In 1988, the Berts, along with their three boys, moved to Nicaragua to serve with the International Placement Service—a parallel organization of BIC U.S. World Missions. Under this program, Nathan and Cathy were self-supporting: Nathan taught at the National University of Nicaragua (UNAN) and Cathy at the American Nicaragua School, later directing the Nicaragua Christian Academy for one year. Their main priority during this time was to work as a resource for the Mission Evangelical BIC (the Brethren in Christ denomination in Nicaragua).
The Berts deployed to Nicaragua as full-time missionaries in 1994, where they served until 1997. Here, Nathan served as a resource person for the Nicaraguan Brethren in Christ congregations and taught training seminars for pastors. Cathy homeschooled their sons, served as a resource person for other homeschool parents, and led Sunday school workshops.
July 1998, Nathan and Cathy were assigned to Honduras, where they’ve been serving since. Nathan’s primary role has been to train pastors and develop leadership. Cathy has taught science at the American School in Tegucigalpa and later at the Christian school, Los Pinares (Pine Grove) Academy. She has also helped develop Sunday school curriculum.
In 2010, Cathy became principal of Los Pinares Academy (grades 7-12), where she plays a valuable role in educating and forming the future leaders of Honduras. Today, Nathan works to train pastors and coach church planters throughout Honduras.