ABOUT US

Berea is an independent Bible church, meaning that we do not belong to any particular denomination. We are not owned by any ecclesiastical group, although BBC is a member of the IFCA association of churches, and is baptistic in doctrinal belief.  

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BBC has a descriptive doctrinal statement which identifies the doctrines to which we ascribe. All are welcome to join us in church services, irrespective of your own theological belief.  The purpose of the doctrinal statement (contained below) is to identify the fundamental doctrines to which Berea members agree.

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LEADERSHIP

Pastor Miller

Dr. Brian Miller

Pastor Miller brings over 30 years of pastoral experience to Berea and serves as the church’s Senior Pastor. In this role, he oversees all church ministries, preaches some of the Sunday morning sermons, and serves as the leader of the BBC ministry. Pastor Miller brings a caring and sensitive heart to help others, is personable, and reaches out to the Springfield community.
Email: pastor@bereabiblechurch.org

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As a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Pastor Miller also possesses a strong seminary education background, including a Ph.D. in pastoral ministry.  He served as Senior Pastor at two previous churches, prior to becoming Berea’s Senior Pastor in January 2016.  Pastor Miller brings a history of church growth, vibrant and engaging ministry, and successful outreach to others.  As the church’s executive leader, he possesses a strong and healthy vision for Berea to accomplish in the months and years to come.  Pastor Miller enjoys personally sharing Berea’s goals with visitors and prospective church members.  Pastor Miller possesses a strong pulpit presence and expository preaching is his typical sermon style. 

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Pastor Aaron, Jennifer, Isaac, Daniel, and Andrew

Email:  pastoraaronmarvel@gmail.com

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Pastor Marvel brings an ability to connect with young people, particularly those in senior and junior high ages.  He ministers in ways that foster relationships, spiritual growth, and meaningful connections with teenagers.  Young people find him winsome and fun—but also somebody who helps them develop in their spiritual walk with the Lord.   Pastor Marvel’s wife, Jennifer, also develops relationships with girls in the youth group, augmenting Pastor Marvel’s Associate Pastor role with them.  If you are considering a church with a significant youth ministry, then you will find Pastor Marvel to be an excellent leader and somebody who takes dedicated time with teens, helping them grow and mature in their relationship with Christ.

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Dr. Michael Firmin

Pastor Firmin works in conjunction with Pastor Miller in preaching Sunday morning messages. In this way, both Pastors Miller and Firmin share the weekly preaching schedule and the congregation has found the variety to be particularly enjoyable and beneficial. Pastor Firmin brings over 25 years of pastoral preaching to the Berea Bible Church ministry.
Email: firmin@cedarville.edu

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Pastor Firmin is a full-time professor at Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio and serves Berea in a part-time pastoral capacity.  He possesses a seminary Ph.D. and is a gifted communicator, keeping congregants attention, being biblically relevent, and is an award-winning teaching professor at Cedarville.  Pastor Firmin possesses a support-role to Pastor Miller as the church’s leader, CEO, and Senior Pastor.

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Glenda Greenwood

Ms. Glenda Greenwood

Glenda is a full-time corporate executive. She volunteers her administrative talents at Berea, as church ministry coordinator, in order to effectively inter-connect it’s various ministries.  She helps ensure services, ministries and various events are well planned, organized, and coordinated.  Glenda brings over three decades of leadership, marketing, and development experience to Berea.
Email: bereabiblechurch@gmail.com

WORSHIP

Berea typically uses a blended-worship-style on Sunday mornings and we describe this as a combination between contemporary Christian songs, traditional hymns, and choruses.  Our objective is a balanced service that ministers to a larger audience, while also avoiding extremes on polar-ends of the Christian music continuum.

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At Berea, we are well aware of the wide-variety of music styles, preferences, and traditions that exist among church congregants.  It literally is not possible to fit everyone’s personal tastes in today’s church music services.  At BBC, we attempt to utilize a moderate [and what we consider a balanced] approach to Sunday-morning music in the church service.  Our hope is to provide a variety of music during the Sunday morning service and to be someplace near the middle-of-the-road in terms of the larger Christian-music-preference-spectrum.

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HISTORY

Berea Bible Church was founded 50 plus years ago in 1965 by Pastor R. Glenn Greenwood who served as pastor until his retirement in 2002.  Subsequent pastors include Rev. Gary Day and Rev. Kevin Kinnett, with Dr. Brian Miller serving as current Senior Pastor.  Berea has undergone several building construction phases and presently enjoys a 20 acre campus, including a family life center auditorium with seating capacity for 300 individuals, a prayer garden with a replica of the Jerusalem tomb, a small walking park, lake, baseball diamond, and soccer field.

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From its inception, Berea has been a relationship-oriented church.  Historically, when people have joined BBC, they often have stayed for decades, partly because we are caring and develop a family-like community, helping one another as needs arise.  Pastor Greenwood’s early vision for Berea was an independent Bible church where members would grow spiritually, engage non-believers, serve the needs of others, and build strong family relationships.  

That original vision remains our focus today—as much as it did 50 years ago with the church’s founding. The current leadership of Berea Bible Church has developed a church strategic plan and it has been strongly supported by the congregation. We are robustly implementing this plan and have been excited to see results on multiple levels. Berea’s strategic plan includes concrete objectives for spiritual growth, outreach to others, and church growth. We continually assess and readjust objectives in light of feedback, results, and discernment.

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MEANING OF SALVATION

  • The Bible teaches that sin separates us from God and keeps us from enjoying eternal life with Him.

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)

“It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27)

 

  • God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, into the world in order to be the savior from sin. 

“God demonstrated His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

 

  • As such, He will remove our sin and give to us His own righteousness. 

“He has made Him [Jesus] who knew no sin to be sin for us that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

 

  • We cannot trust works (such as being baptized, doing good deeds, receiving communion, or the like) for salvation.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”  (Ephesians 2:8-9)

 

  • Although this offer is made to all, sin’s removal is only applied if we believe who Christ says that He is and what He said He would do. 

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved. “ (Acts 16:31)

 

  • Our role is to ask Jesus Christ to be our personal savior.  That means we confess that we are sinners, we cannot save ourselves through good works, we ask Him to forgive us of our sin, and ask that He give to us His righteousness.

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)

 

  • If we do this, the Bible uses the word “salvation” in order to describe the experience.  That is because we are saved from hell and saved unto Christ, receiving His righteousness.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

BBC DOCTRINAL STATEMENT

Statement of Faith (supporting Scripture is available upon request in a more full document):

a.      We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as verbally inspired of God and inerrant in the original writings, and that they are of supreme and final authority.

b.     We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.

c.     We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten of God, conceived of the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary.

d.     We believe the Holy Spirit is a person.

e.     We believe that man was created in the image of God, that he sinned, and thereby incurred not only physical death but spiritual death, which is separation from God, and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature and those who reach moral responsibility become sinners in thought, word, and deed.

f.     We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who believe in Him are justified by grace, and not works, on the ground of His shed blood.

g.     We believe in the bodily resurrection of our Lord, His ascension into Heaven and His present life there as High Priest and Advocate for all believers.

h.     We believe in that “blessed hope,” the personal, pre-tribulational, and imminent return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to earth with His saints to establish His Kingdom.

i.     We believe that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit, and thereby they become Children of God, and heirs of eternal life. This is a relationship in which they are eternally secure. This relationship is established by God’s Grace and not human works.

j.     We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting conscious suffering of the lost, and the felicity of the saved, which demand Heaven and Hell.

k.     We believe in the existence of a personal devil, who is working in the world to destroy the souls of men and that he and all his angels, and all who receive not Christ as their Savior, will eternally perish in the Lake of Fire.

l.     We believe the Church, the Body of Christ, is to preach the Gospel to all the world. All of its endeavors being supported by donations and offerings.

m.     We believe the Body of Christ is to edify and perfect each believer for the work of the Ministry. Each believer has been given a gift to accomplish this Ministry and sign gifts (such as tongues, healings, and foretelling the future) have ceased.

n.     We believe that God desires for every believer to be a functioning member of a local body or family of believers. These believers are to care and show genuine concern as indicated in the 11 “one another” N.T. Bible passages.

o.      We believe in Baptism by immersion as a means of showing forth the believers identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection.  We believe in the Lord’s Supper as explained and defined in 1 Corinthians 11. The frequency of observance shall be at the discretion of the Pastor.

p.     We believe that God ordains and approves only heterosexual marriage between a man and woman and practicing homosexual behaviors or otherwise publicly identifying as a homosexual is sin.