We started as a Bible study group of 17 people who met in a home for the first time in 1966. They came from many denominations, some from positions of leadership. But the love of God’s Word was so strong, their differences seemed to melt away. With hearts filled to overflowing with love for Jesus, the Bible, and each other, the group grew steadily to the point where creation of a new church was soon viable.
In July of 1968, 50 people gathered in a home to attend the first service of the newly formed Berean Bible Church. In November that same year, 31 people were accepted into charter membership. The denominational background of early members and others who attended regularly was notably diverse (Baptist, Congregational, Methodist, Episcopal, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Catholic, Missionary Alliance, and others). It remains so to this day.
In the early years, worship gatherings were held in a former automobile dealership building in the town of Greene, NY. By 1970 it became apparent larger facilities would be needed to accommodate our fast growing congregation. Land was purchased south of Greene and the new worship center (now our Kids Zone) was completed in 1972. A family center gym was added in 1983 to meet the needs of our growing church, which included many young families. In 1993, another building project added an expanded foyer, nursery, additional classrooms and restrooms, and provisions for handicap access to the complete facility.
To help accommodate our growing church family and reach more people for Jesus, we added a 17,000+ square foot new worship center, foyer & nursery area to our Greene campus in 2014. In 2016, Berean opened a second campus in Cincinnatus and within weeks outgrew the space and went to two Sunday worship gatherings at each campus. Because of the incredible generosity of God’s people, this new campus opened debt-free. In 2017 we were thrilled to baptize 79 new followers of Jesus and to begin monthly worship gatherings in Bainbridge. In 2018, we launched our Bainbridge Campus and are excited to help reach another community for Christ. Berean is now a regional multi-site church making an impact across multiple counties and seeing lives transformed by Christ. We now have weekly worship gatherings at four campuses (Greene, Cincinnatus, Brainbridge & Online) and home groups meeting throughout the Southern Tier. 2018 is Berean’s 50th year of ministry, and God continues to grow our church both in numbers and in depth, a testament to the power of the truth!