Berean Baptist Church

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The Lord Jesus Christ is the sole Head of His church; He is our Chief Shepherd and Overseer. The Lord rules over His flock through His Word and Spirit, and the Scriptures are clear that each local church is to be under the spiritual leadership of a plural body of Biblically-qualified men known as “elders,” “overseers,” and “pastors” (each of these titles refers to the same office).  These men have authority to shepherd God’s flock, but they must rule in a spirit of submission to Christ and to one another.  At the present time our church has two elders, and you can learn about each of them below.

Jerry C. Slate, Jr. was raised in a godly Christian home, the youngest of three children.  He was converted to Christ in December of 1977 as an eight year old child and grew up attending a solid Bible teaching Southern Baptist Church.  After graduation from high school he studied for the pastorate at Columbia Bible College (now Columbia International University), graduating in 1991 with a B.A. degree having majored in Bible and minored in pastoral ministries.  Under the influence of several of his professors the seeds of the Reformed faith were sown in his heart, leading him to ultimately embrace Calvinisitic, covenantal, and credo-baptistic theological convictions.  In January of 1993 he married his wife, Angela, and together they have six children:  Samuel, Luke, Graceann, Jackson, Malachi, and Margaret.   In November of 2002 Jerry was ordained for the gospel ministry and worship services were begun on February 2, 2003 for the formation of Berean Baptist Church.  Jerry’s interests include spending time with his family, reading, biking, hiking, and camping.


Pastor Jerry Slate and family


David A. Harris, Sr. was raised in a non-Christian home. He was converted to Christ by God’s grace at the age of 18. He studied for the ministry at World Evangelism Bible College in Baton Rouge, La., and Holmes College of the Bible in Greenville, S.C., majoring in Theology and minoring in pastoral ministries.  In the years since that time David has come to fully subscribe to the Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689 as an accurate expression of his interpretation of the truths taught in Holy Scripture.  He has almost a decade of pastoral experience, having labored in the gospel ministry in a church located in Rome, GA.  In 1988 he married his wife, Teresa, and the Lord has blessed them with five children:  Elisabeth, David Jr., Jonathan, Hannah, and Abigail.  David and his family became members of Berean Baptist Church in January of 2011, and by unanimous consent of our congregation David was installed as an elder of our church on September 30, 2012.

Pastor David Harris and family

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Berean Baptist Church

Assembling at
Bellamy Funeral Home
3551 Jimmy Lee Smith Pkwy.
Hiram, GA 30141

Mailing Address
2888 Old Lost Mtn. Rd.
Powder Springs, GA 30127

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