Berea Seventh-day Adventist Church was started by Sister Emma Elizabeth Faulden in the late 1920’s as a mission.Sister Faulden started the mission in the living room of her home inviting friends and neighbors in for Bible Studies duringthe week, and Sabbath School on Sabbath morning. In 1935 she took her savings, from washing and ironing, and bought hymn books and chairs. A hall was rented on Depew Avenue in Nyack and the mission was moved from Sister Faulden’s living room.
Sister Wave Mealy became one of the first members to join the mission. She helped Sister Faulden to ready the hall for the opening meeting. The officiating minister for the opening was Elder Holt. Some of the early members that joined the mission were; Sister Mealy, Charlotte Bishop, Ida Williams, Brother and Sister Levin Thompson, Brother Patterson, Sister Leona Faulden and Sister Josephine Chapman.
As the number of members grew, the mission was later moved to a hall at 19 Jackson Avenue. New members began joining as many wonderful meetings were held. Some of the new members that joined the mission then were; Sister Mary Steward, Sister Josephine Phillips, Sister Lilly White, Sister Anna Suggs, Sister H.B. Robinson, Sister Anna Russell, Sister Lottie B. Hooper, Sister Minnie Keith, Sis. L. Bert, Sis. Louise Williams, Brother and Sister Stanley Dixon, and Brother and Sister Mack Butler. These early members were zealous workers. Many Elders and other brethren came to carry on God’s program in the mission. Among them was Elder S.J. Hooper.
Later, in the early nineteen forties under the leadership of Elder Samuel Miles, the members of the mission began to realize the need for a church building. Through much prayer and hard work, land was purchased and the building was started. The dedication of the church at 41 Jackson Avenue was March 1944.
During that time, the church members also helped to start the Newburgh mission now the Newburgh Seventh-day Adventist Church. However, because of the Urban Renewal Program here in Nyack, it was necessary to sell our church on Jackson Avenue and begin a search for a new church building. In February of 1966, the church moved to its present building on Broadway in Nyack. In the new church building God’s work continued and the Berea members were fortunate to assist in the founding of their second church, Spring Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church in Spring Valley New York.
Among the many pastors and Brethren that have served the Berea Seventh-day Adventist Church well over the years are Elder S. Miles, T. Perry, R. Carter, S. Hutchins, Brother Arteas, C. Eaton, A.H. McLean, J. North, L.Shand, Pastor R.C. Connor, E. Virgil, Pastor T.T. Billingy, Pastor C. Miller, Pastor C. Ware, Pastor M. Benjamin, Pastor G. Robinzine, Pastor Doctor Smith, Pastor Ucall Harris and most recently Pastor Roger Williamson.
Others who have given support in the leadership capacity were; Elder S.Hooper, E. Atkinson, Martin, Flintoff and Turnbull.
Pastor R.C. Connor (1970-1975)
Pastor Eugene Virgil (1975-1978)
Pastor Theophelus Billingly (1978-1980)
Pastor Cornell Miller (1980-1986)
Pastor Carl Ware (1986-1990)
Pastor Martin Benjamin (1990-1995)
Pastor Gregg Robinzine (1995-2000)
Pastor Doctor Smith (2000-2006)
Pastor Ucall Harris (2007-2011)
Pastor Roger Williamson (2012- 2016)
Pastor Andrew Philbert (2017- present)
The Berea Seventh-day Adventist Church is part of a world-wide organization with more than 15 million members in countries around the world. We would be happy to have you join us in worship or at one of the church events listed on our calendar.
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