History

History

Our Purpose

We hope you enjoy this brief history of our church and that it provides some context for who we are and why we are here!

Berean Presbyterian Church belongs to a denomination known as the Presbyterian Church in America, PCA for short. The PCA was founded in 1973 but traces its roots back to the Protestant Reformation of 1517 and historic Presbyterianism.

After years of theological downgrade and infidelity to the teaching of Scripture in Southern Mainline Presbyterianism, the PCA founders left the mainline church and formed a new denomination to protect and promote a strong scriptural, evangelical, and reformed witness to Christ. The Lord has blessed this vision in a remarkable way! The PCA celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2023 and continues to work towards its stated slogan of being faithful to the Scriptures, true to the Reformed faith, and obedient to the Great Commission.

Berean (pronounced buh-ree-in) did not exist when the PCA was formed. Rather, the beginnings of Berean go back to 1981 when a group of people recognized a need for this type of witness in the Ellwood City area. The name Berean may be unusual to some folks, but it reflects a noble-minded group of people that we read about in Scripture.

Bereans – Acts 17

The Bereans are mentioned in Acts chapter 17 as Paul and his companions traveled the Mediterranean preaching the Gospel. These Bereans received the Word of God with eagerness and searched the Scriptures daily to see if what they heard from the Apostle Paul was true and in accord with God’s Holy Word.

Such a namesake fits our Church well as we too cherish the Scriptures and studiously hold fast to the truth.

Leadership History

Berean was blessed under the ministry of its first pastor, Rev. Bruce Gardner, who was the founding pastor and ministered for over 40 years until his retirement at the end of 2020.

After two years without a pastor, Berean Presbyterian Church called its second pastor, Rev. Cody Hooper. Rev. Cody Hooper was ordained to the ministry and installed as our pastor on April 16, 2023.

By God’s blessing and providence, Berean shall enjoy many more years of faithful ministry with a focus on the centrality of the inerrant Scriptures, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the theology of the Westminster Confession and Catechisms, and the ordinary means of grace.