ABOUT US

FIRST THINGS FIRST - WHAT'S WITH THE NAME?

The word Berachah comes from 2 Chronicles 20 and means a place of blessing. 

Together we are a community of believers.

What does that mean, the word community? We believe that together in fellowship we grow closer to God and one another. The bible speaks about iron sharpening iron. We believe that together we grow stronger. We are a community of believers. 

 

We strive to be a church without walls. Jesus calls for us to go outside the walls to reach the lost and the broken. It is there that the lost will be found. Most churches find it is comfortable to stay within the walls, but we make it an effort to be like the church from the book of Acts, to see our city changed.

 

We highly value our relationships with one another. We look to grow through fellowship, and ultimately growing closer to God. We value the word of God and the leadership of the Holy Spirit. We look to extend grace to all of the lost and broken and lead those with no hope to the hope of Jesus Christ.

WHO WE ARE

OUR MISSION

To make followers of Jesus who unleash into our community and world for the Glory of God.

OUR VISION

  1. Found People Find People
  2. Saved People Serve People
  3. Growing People Change
  4. I Can't Do Life Alone
  5. I Can't Out Give God

OUR VALUES

  1. Commitment to Excellence
  2. High Impact Worship
  3. Relational Evangelism & Discipleship
  4. Intercessory Prayer
  5. Selfless Service
  6. Teaching the Authoritative Word of God

OUR HISTORY

SMALL BEGINNINGS ON A PORCH

  1. Founded in the Fall of 2008 by Pastor Jonathan and Denyse Smith, with a small group of family and friends in a Bible Study on the back porch.
  2. In 2009 and as our growing needs changed, we gathered around town at community rooms, a funeral home, and other church buildings 
  3. Purchased 5 acres with an old run-down restaurant in 2014; however, with the condition it was in it would be a while before we would be able to use the property.
  4. Due to the need for a larger space, we began meeting at the city's Recreational Center at Mingo park in 2015.
  5. In January 2018 renovation of the new property was started
  6. Moved into the renovated building in the Fall of 2018
  7. NextGen Building project is currently underway with plans to build and expand our current facility

OUR STAFF

Jonathan Smith

Lead Pastor

Pastor Jonathan and his wife founded our church. He has a true heart to reach those far from God in our community and around the world. He wants to see true change in this area and in the life of every person. Jonathan is a passionate teacher and leader. He also loves golf. They have two adult children, Alexis and Mitchell.

Joseph Riley

Tech Director & Student Leader

Joe came to us in 2015 and is our Tech Director at Berachah Church overseeing our AVL and Online ministries. He also gives oversight to the Berachah Student Ministry.   He has a passion to see broken lives restored and for others to experience their full potential in Christ.  He is learning to play the drums and has two children. 

Angel Matson

Creative Arts Director & Coordinator 

Angel and her family have been attending Berachah since 2011. She is the Creative Arts Director, Worship Coordinator and faithfully leads one or our worship teams. Her life verse is Proverbs 3:5-6 and is a master board game competitor. Angel and Freddie have three daughters.

Randall Downey

Worship Leader

Randall began attending Beracah at the end of 2015 and began serving about 7 months later. He leads the worship bands and one of Berachah's Worship teams. In addition, Randy is involved in many other areas of the church. He is an avid hot pepper connoisseur. Randy's wife, Jenny, leads the Hospitality Team at Berachah. They have one daughter. 

Sonya Peria

Berachah Kid's Director

The Perias began attending Berachah on Christmas Eve 2019 after serving in pastoral ministry for over 20 years. They have been a blessing to Berachah since coming. Sonya leads our Berachah Kidz ministry. When you see her, ask her about her interesting thumbs. Chris and Sonya have two sons and a high school daughter. 

OUR BELIEFS

Jesus is the head of our church, and His Word is the standard for how we live — as individuals and as God’s family — for the glory of God. Below are brief statements for each of the essential Christian beliefs that we hold as a church and that are foundational to following Jesus in loving, faith-filled obedience.

MISSIONS
THE BIBLE
GOD
MAN'S DILEMMA
JESUS AND SALVATION
THE HOLY SPIRIT AND CHRISTIAN LIVING
HUMAN DESTINY
THE CHURCH
FAITH AND PRACTICE

This is a place where God meets people who aren't perfect, and no matter where you are on your personal spiritual journey, you are absolutely welcome here.