Meet the Berean Staff
It's our desire to lead more people in more places to experience life-change through Jesus.
Fueled by Skittles, Jesus, and the love of a beautiful woman (his wife Annie), Justin has served as Teaching Pastor since 2009. He enjoys mentoring people to become obedient to Jesus and creating strategies to see more people transformed. Justin loves spending time with his five kids (Daisy, Lucy, Sadie, Theo and Hudson), soccer, and remote control vehicles. Ironically, Justin has also been voted “Most Likely To NOT Drive Carpool” by the rest of the staff and he’d love to see the Buffalo Bills win a Super Bowl before Jesus returns.
Rick is the Growth Overseer for all of our Berean campuses as well as the Campus Overseer at our Bainbridge launch. He brings years of business, pastoral and educational administration experience to this new position. Rick is still married to his high school sweetheart, Naomi and has two amazing adult daughters. He loves being a part of the preaching team and enjoys speaking at other events. Rick’s hobbies include baseball cards, coins and books. He insists that he is a “collector” even though his wife believes he is actually a “hoarder”.
Gary was born and raised in Chenango County and has lived here for 3/4ths of a century. He and his wife Anne have been at Berean for a very long time. He was elected to the board of Elders in 2007 and works to develop policy and direction for the church. He also served on the building committee to assist with the design and construction of our current worship center. Gary tends to be difficult to spot between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day as he is at his northern house rooting through the behavior analysis of youths, generally more than once.
Family Ministries Coordinator - Cincinnatus
Jenny is the Family Ministries Coordinator for our Cincy campus. She organizes and oversees Nursery, Kids Blast, and the teen Launch programs at Berean Cincy. She loves working with kids and their families to better understand the Bible and what it means to follow Jesus. Jenny is a homeschooling mom to her four kids (Madison, Molly, Bryar, & Megan) and wife extraordinaire to her husband Danny.
Family Ministries Coordinator - Greene
Sarah is the Family Ministries Coordinator for our Greene campus and oversees all shenanigans related to the children’s ministry and teen Launch programs. She is a trophy wife to her true love Matt and a mom of 2: her brilliant daughter Clara and her son Reid, an aspiring dinosaur. Sarah fills most of her free time with hanging out with kids and loves watching them develop their relationships with Jesus. She also enjoys singing on the worship team and choreographing dances no one will ever see.
Campus Pastor - Greene
Chuck and his wife Sally have been a part of Berean since attending in 1981. He served as the Interim pastor in 2007 and presently serves as the Greene campus pastor. Chuck enjoys counseling people, helping people find their niche at Berean, and encouraging people in their walk with Jesus. He and Sally love spending time with their two sons, daughters in law and 6 grandchildren. Chuck is an avid sports fan especially when it relates to the Boston Red Sox, Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Gwyn’s parents, Don and Joan Phelps, became founding members of Berean Bible Church when she was 3 years old so she grew up as an active part of the Berean family. She married Scott Richards in 1988 and together they raised their children, Kristi and Curtis, who are also active parts of the Berean family. Gwyn became the church secretary in August of 2007 and co-teaches a preschool class with Kristi each Sunday. She enjoys quilting, gardening, chickens, and being Nani to her first grandchild, Ruthann.
Media and Events Director
Tom has been on staff at Berean since September of 2016 but has served on the worship team since 2012. Tom serves as Media and Events Director overseeing worship, technology and coordinating events held at Berean. He and his beautiful wife Jen enjoy taking care of their three kids; Jonah, Lydia and Norah. Tom also loves hooded sweatshirts of all kinds - except those with the sleeves ripped off.
Steve has served as the Education Pastor at Berean since October of 2013. At home, Steve is a mild-mannered husband to Brittany and dad to four beautiful daughters: Ruth, Kylie, Raegan, and Harper. At Berean, Steve oversees family ministries, connect groups, and the growth process, and he especially enjoys helping people of all ages connect with God and each other. He also has tremendous affection for fonts and comic books, and is able to bore nearly anyone with discussions about either.