Adult Ministries

Whether you are interested in a women’s study or a community-driven connect group we have a place for you to grow your relationship with the Lord and others.

[Adult Options]

All Sunday School Classes are currently not meeting.


8:15 a.m. in Room 212

For adults of all ages

Lead by Pastor Bill Heaton

Topic: The Parables of Jesus


Discussion oriented, topical study of the Bible.

10:30 a.m. in Room 214

For adults of all ages

Lead by Evan Davis

Topic: 2 John & 3 John (beginning a study on Colossians beginning July 26, 2020)

Expository Bible Study providing relevant teaching  for believers seeking to be true disciples of Jesus.


10:30 a.m. in Room 201 (old nursery)

For adults of all ages

Lead by Mark Boyd

Topic: The Book of John

Seeking to know God more deeply in a setting of prayer  and enriching study of His Word in an open, participatory manner.


10:30 a.m. in the Chapel

For adults of all ages

Lead by Donnell Smith

Topic: The Gospel of John

Expository study exploring the Bible with an emphasis on how the scriptures apply to daily living.


10:30 a.m. in Room 216

Women only

Lead by Rochelle Baughman

Topic: Heroes of Faith in Hebrews 11

The Passages class is a multi-generational group of women who study scripture together, and try to discern its relevance to our everyday lives.  On occasion, we invite a well-known speaker in via DVD.  Prayer and fellowship time are an important part of our class.  Gathering around the coffee pot  gives us opportunity to get to know one another better.  We invite you to join us!


10:30 a.m. in Room 212

Men only

Lead by Jim Berry

A men’s Bible Study which also focuses on reaching out in practical ways to meet the needs of people in our church and community.


9:15 a.m. in Room 217

For adults ages 22-40

Lead by Jim & Leonora Wernecke

Topic: Grace is Greater by Kyle Idleman

We are a mix of “real” people who are looking to “keep it real” with one another as we share the journey of following Christ.  Join us every week for Sunday School and once a month for group events and get-togethers. This discussion based class will challenge you in the Calling, Connection,  Stewardship, Mission and Relevance of your life in Christ.


10:30 a.m. in Room 213

For adults ages 40-55

Lead by Jeff Walthour

This class is a time of fellowship, studying God’s Word together, hearing from various teachers, and sharing prayer requests.  Our hope  is that this group will become like a second family to you, walking beside you and supporting you through this stage of life.  Please come and join us!

Are you interested in being connected in a Connect Group? We have several groups with openings that would be glad to welcome you. Most groups meet on the 2nd and 4th Sunday evenings of the month.

KEY VERSE: “So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people.” Acts 2:46, 47

Why should you join a Connect Group?

Here are four of the most important benefits of these groups:

  1. Friendship- You experience fellowship, community and a sense of family. (I John 1:7)
  2. Acceptance and Encouragement- You have some people who really care about you.  Galatians 6:2)
  3. Prayer Support- You are prayed for during and between meetings. (I Timothy 2:1)
  4. Accountability- You have a “safe” place to talk about your struggles in the Christian life and someone to hold you accountable. (Proverbs 27:17)

“The average church member knows sixty-seven people in the congregation, whether the church has 200 or 2,000 attending. A member does not have to know everyone in the church in order to feel like it’s their church, but he or she does have to know someone.” Rick Warren- The Purpose-Driven Church

Interested in a connect group? Fill out the form below and we will help you get connected!

Scripture Speaks

Wednessday 9:30-10:15am in the Chapel

Men’s & Women’s Bible Studies

Wednesday 6:30-7:30pm

Women’s Bible Study

Wednesday 9:30-10:30am

Healing Hearts (Grief Share)

Wednesday 3:30-4:30pm in Room 215 – Does not meet in the winter (Nov. -March)

[Young Adults]


Currently not meeting – The Gathering meets in the SURGE room Saturdays at 7:45pm. Come when you can, leave when you must. The purpose is to create a place for the young adult community where we can worship, learn, and live life together. Contact Allie Maiyer with questions:


Currently not meeting

Lead by Brandon Mowry

A place where college-aged students can connect, discuss  and study with each other what they believe as Christ followers.

Want to connect with one of our Young Adult communities? Send us your info and we will help you find a place where you can belong!

At Berean, we believe that every person who believes in the Lord Jesus Christ has a ministry gift from the Lord and a responsibility to use that gift for the good of the body of Christ. We refute societys’ notion that older is less valuable and instead believe that the more God teaches through life’s lessons, the more we have to share.

The fifty-plus age group in the body of Christ is increasing rapidly as the “Boomer-bulge” moves along. This group has tremendous opportunity to impact our Berean family, our community and our world for Jesus Christ. With lessening family responsibilities, and early retirement, more and more adults are finding themselves well positioned to pursue ministry opportunities. We desire to develop or increase “ministry mentality” as opposed to the “rocking chair mentality.” Our national conference adopted the name “2nd Half for Him” as the title for our older adult ministries. With this name comes the mind-set that the longer we have walked with the Lord the better prepared we have become to serve Him.

There are not only many opportunities to serve at Berean but a chance to grow spiritually through age-related Bible studies, worship directed for the Senior adult and chances for social interaction that give the people a chance to evangelize.

Scripture Speaks/Coffee Fellowship

Every Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m. – a Bible study fellowship is held in the Chapel. Although not restricted to older adults, most of those who attend are retired and are looking for a place to study God’s Word, have fellowship, and prayer, plus gifted teaching on various topics during this fellowship. Teachers rotate.

Healing Hearts (Grief Share)

Currently not meeting. The purpose of “Healing Hearts” is to minister the love and comfort of God to those of our community who have experienced the heartache of the death of a loved one. We trust through fellowship, shared meals, testimonies, teaching and, of course, encouragement from God’s Word, the Lord will minister to the needs of His people. “Healing Hearts” meets on Wednesday evenings in Room #215 (church Library) at 3:00 p.m. Please join us or if you need more information call the church office at 419.756.3300.

Berean Gold Banquets

Currently not happening. Our banquets are designed for outreach. We believe we have created a non-threatening environment to bring the unsaved, the lonely or those who just need to feel loved. For less than $10 you receive a wonderful meal, great service from Christ-filled servers, enriching fellowship and a gospel-based program. Attending requires signing up before the banquet but you pay at the door. We generally collect a love offering for the musical guests. Call the church office for information (419.756.3300) Some of the programs have been: Colonial City Quartet, Hettinga Violinists, Timothy Noble at the piano, One Less Stone Quartet, Randy Feagan at the piano and organ, The Peiffers, Jerry Garcia, The Allan Family and many others.

Senior Adult Trips

Bus trips are chosen not only to enrich your Christian life but to make lasting memories.
Past trips have included: Sight & Sound Theatre, Blue Gate Theatre, Gettysburg, American Mountain Theatre, Sauder Village, The Outdoor Productions of Stephen Foster, The Miracle (Pigeon Forge), Riverboat rides, and day trips to local areas. If interested please contact Sonya Lieb (, or call the church office (419.756.3300) to have your name put on the mailing list.

Serving Seniors

Our seniors are involved in many areas of ministry within the church. The list includes: Mission trips, Food Ministry, Furniture Ministry, repair work for those in need, limited yard work for those who can’t do it themselves anymore, serving at banquets, food preparation for luncheons and banquets, clean-up of Sanctuary, sanitizing nursery and pre-school classrooms. If you are interested in being a part of any areas of service please call the church (419.756.3300) and ask for Sonya.

Welcome to the Berean Women’s Ministry page! Whether you are a regular attendee of Berean, a recent visitor, or someone who has just stumbled upon this page… please know how important you are to the Lord and to us. Women’s Ministries exist at Berean for the sole purpose of encouraging and equipping women to be all that Christ intended them to be. We hope this page will be a source not only of information, but also of blessing and encouragement to you.

We’re back, and better than ever!

We are excited to welcome you back to fellowship and study together! Our new lineup is:

  • Women’s Ministry Thursday Morning Bible Studies is moving to Wednesday mornings, 9:30-10:30 a.m. and Wednesday evenings, 6:30-7:30 p.m. with two study options:
  1. Starting on February 24th we’ll be doing a new study by Boff Goff, “Everybody Wins.”  Cost is $20 for book and study guide.  Call the church to sign up.  Meeting in room 214.
  2. Old Testament Study with Carol Platner, will meet in Room 216.

Christmas Tea

A wonderful way to begin the Christmas season. We enjoy a guest speaker and delicious refreshments. Tables are decorated and hosted by different women, and are always beautiful and unique.  For more information contact Ashley DeFrancisco, Women’s Ministry Director at

Women’s Bible Study

Introducing Discipleship Groups – Hear testimonies on our Facebook page

We believe that discipleship is one of the most important elements of a women’s ministry. Our desire is to equip and encourage women to use Scripture to learn from and live like Jesus daily.  The goals of D-Groups are (1) to grow women spiritually and (2) to replicate disciples and disciple-makers. That means as women learn how to make discipleship a way of life, they will, in turn, teach other women how to do the same.  D-Groups will be the main Women’s Ministry activity on Wednesdays evenings and Thursday mornings at Berean.  However, there will also be D-Groups meeting on other days and times. Groups will run from September through May.  Participants will be in the same D-Group from the fall to the spring.  Have more questions about D-Groups?  Click here to read Q&A’s About Women’s Ministry D-Groups. Interested in joining a group?  Email Ashley DeFranciso, Women’s Ministry Director at


Currently not meeting.  The Passages class, led by Rochelle Baughman, is made up of women from all ages (a very diverse and fun group). We meet on Sunday mornings, in Room 216, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Our curriculum varies, but our goal is to deepen our walk of faith by studying the word of God. Please join us….we would love to have you! The coffee pot is on, and we are saving you a seat.

Prayer Chain

This important ministry calls us to bring urgent prayer needs before the throne of Grace.  Call the Church Receptionist during the week (419-756-3300), 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., or you may e-mail requests anytime to Wanda Gabor (

Girls Night Out

Fun evenings with friends, watching a movie or learning a new craft together, focusing on relationships and fellowship. Watch for these events to begin again!

Bible Study Electives


Men’s Sunday School Class 

Currently not meeting. The Men’s Sunday School class meets at 10:30 a.m. in the Choir Room on Sunday mornings (downstairs near the Berean Kids entrance). This class provides weekly service opportunities throughout our church family and community, and daily opportunities to pick up and deliver furniture to needy families in the name of Jesus.

Prayer Meetings

The Men’s class also meets on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. in Room 215 for prayer and to plan the week’s service projects.

Special Men’s Events

Skeet shooting, hunting activities, and more… the Men’s Ministry periodically does fun events that build community while connecting in a way only men can connect! Watch the calendar for updates!

Help with unwanted sexual thoughts or behavior

The Apostle Paul said, “For what I am doing I do not understand, because what I want to do, this I do not practice, but what I hate, this I do.”

If you are doing things or thinking things you do not want to do or think, we can help! We have resources to help you break those bad habits. You can’t win the fight alone.

Call or text Tim Schill – 419-631-5183 or email

Porn addiction, fantasy, masturbation, flirting, affairs, homosexual or gender issues.