Established August 11, 1850

We are more than a church: (Acts 17:10,11)  We are a community of faith seeking to be the love of Jesus to the diverse community around us. Established August 11, 1850 during the Abolitionist Movement by a racially mixed group of people who were committed to spiritual and social change. Later as a station on the “underground railroad,” and from our inception Berean has been a church of people just like you - real folk on a real journey to connect with God. A Church of Worship, Witness and Work for our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. Our focus for the year of 2017 continues to be building real & lasting relationships beginning with God, our family, friends, church and our community. We are full of intentionally seeking to be greater stewards and studiers of God’s word and we are definitely the "Happy Church!" A congregation that is welcoming, smiling and excepting of all that enter our doors  with praise and thanksgiving. We have activities for the entire family along with fellowship ministries for Seniors, Men , Women, Young Adults and Children and 30  different ministries and or committee’s to choose from to serve our God and  witness to the world.   Berean is presently under the dynamic leadership of our Senior Pastor, Dr. Arlee Griffin, Jr., and the Reverend Trevor A. Hyde, Jr., serves as our Associate Pastor. 

In Berean, “It’s All About Real Relationships!” Mark 12:30-31


Our Mission

The mission of this church is to fulfill the Great Commission of Saint Matthew 28: 19-20 to make disciples of all and to build the kingdom of God here on earth as it is heaven.


We shall seek to fulfill this mission through the following:

  • A ministry of Kerygma (Proclamation) which shall include corporate worship services, preaching, teaching the Gospel in word and deed, and prophetic witness.
  • A ministry of Koinonia (Fellowship) which shall include Christian nurture, Christian education, evangelism, and discipleship.
  • A ministry of Diakonia (Service) which shall include local and global missions, social action and advocacy, and social justice.
  • We shall observe the Ordinance of  Baptism by immersion in water according to Matthews 28:19, Acts 2:38 and administer to all who give clear evidence of repentance from sin, and belief and confession of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; we shall observe the Ordinance of the Lord’s Supperregularly enjoined by the Scriptures, Luke 22:19-20 , I Corinthians 11:23-26.
  • We shall license, commission and ordain qualified candidates for the Christian ministry according to the standards set forth in the Scriptures and recommended by the Pastor and approved by the church body.