Berean Church Spotlight: Grace Fellowship

Berean Church Spotlight: Grace Fellowship


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Grace Fellowship: “God’s Word. Prayer. Fellowship. Faith”

History Of Grace Fellowship

Grace Fellowship was begun in the Summer of 2009. Our humble beginning started with the first service being held in Salem Park. We were a church without a building. Over 160 people attended the first service. And all throughout that first summer we met in various city parks each Sunday evening. From the beginning there were many volunteers who organized and hauled chairs and sound equipment and other things necessary for holding services.

The sense of excitement and God’s leading was evident from the beginning. The Lord blessed this group with a strong sense of unity and love.

The Elder board made up of Chairman Scott Finkbeiner, Mike Bayne, Brian Dean and Pastor Steve were appointed. Pastor Steve Miller, Pastor JC Donner, Waylon Grout and Youth Pastor Shaun Breiland were the original staff members. Since then Nate Bayne has become our current interim Youth Pastor.

After much prayer and deliberation it was unanimously voted on by the church to join the Berean Fellowship of Churches in May of 2010.

Four foundational pillars were identified as to what God was raising up in our midst. These four are: God’s Word, Prayer, Fellowship and Faith. They are the essence of what this church is about.

Before long we leased the Convention Center at the Holiday Inn and began to meet indoors! At the same time we were leasing space for offices, renting space for youth group and another space for The River young adult ministry.

In January of 2011 Grace Fellowship moved to its current location at 524 W. Jackson Blvd. We were delighted to have all aspects of the ministry under one roof.

The hand of God was evident in many ways upon the beginning of Grace Fellowship. Please join us in praying that God would continue to keep his hand upon us as we commit to being a church devoted to God’s Word, Prayer, Fellowship and Faith!

Grace Fellowship Pastors


I was born and raised in Iowa in a Christian family.  After accepting Christ as Savior as a young child, I then felt the definite call of God to full-time ministry when I was a junior in High School.  I attended Bible College in Rochester, MN and then Seminary in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where I earned Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Counseling degrees.  I have pastored several churches in South Dakota, moving to Spearfish in 2002.  I pioneered Grace Fellowship in the Summer of 2009.  Witnessing the incredible blessing of God upon Grace Fellowship has been one of my greatest joys.  I love the Lord and love His church, and have a burning passion to preach the Word of God in a way that is engaging and understandable.  I have been married to my college sweetheart, Shelly, since 1987.  Together we have three sons: Joshua, Caleb and Joseph.





Hi! My name is JC and I am the Associate Pastor at Grace Fellowship. My wife, two kids and I have lived in Spearfish for about 9 years. The majority of my time is spent with college and young adults, providing outreach opportunities for the church, teaching, counseling, and various other duties. I enjoy hiking, 4-wheeling, biking (the motorized kind), watching movies and cheering the Vikings on as they lose!







Well, I am about as local as they come. I was born and raised in Spearfish and I graduated from high school here in 2010. I am currently pursuing a degree in English Education at Black Hills State University. My start in youth ministry came my senior year of high school when I volunteered to help then-Youth Pastor Shaun Breiland. I have continued to help and teach ever since then and am extremely excited to serve God as Interim Youth Pastor for Grace Fellowship.





Want to contact the pastoral team @ Grace Fellowship? Give them a phone call: (605) 717-1155



Berean Church Spotlight: Hastings Berean Bible Church

Berean Church Spotlight: Hastings Berean Bible Church


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Hastings Berean Bible Church: “Where Church And Real Life Meet”

Mission Statement & Core Values

Glorifying God in all things by seeking to present every person complete/mature in Christ.” (Col. 1:28)

  1. Worship – Exalting our God individually and corporately (Ps. 95:6; John 4:24)
  2. Prayer – Actively demonstrating our total dependence on the Lord (1 Thes. 5:17; Romans 12:12)
  3. Discipleship – Training believers in their walk with God (2 Tim. 2:2; 4:2)
  4. Fellowship – Loving one another and building up one another (John 13:34-35; 1 Thes. 5:11)
  5. Evangelism – Introducing the Savior to those next door and around the world (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 1:8)

Hastings Berean Bible Leadership

Senior Pastor: Paul Knott

Senior Pastor, Paul Knott, came to Hastings Berean Bible Church in September of 2002 after serving over 12 years as Pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Newman Grove, Nebraska. A Colorado native, he graduated with a B.A. degree in Christian Education from Biola College in 1976. After graduation he worked for over 13 years in management for a manufacturing firm in Denver. During the time he was actively involved in preaching, teaching, and church leadership. The Lord led him into full-time pastoral ministry in 1990, and he continues to have a passion for teaching and preaching the Word of God and encouraging others in their walk with the Lord. Paul and his wife, Betty are the parents of five children: three married sons. Jason, Josh and Caleb; a married daughter, Tiffanie; and a daughter, Brianna, who is in college.

Associate Pastor: Jeff Schneider

Associate Pastor, Jeff Schneider, joined the Hastings Berean team in September 2008. Married with three children, Aiden, Toby, and McKenna, Jeff and his wife Suzanne have enjoyed the adventure God has given them. After spending several years in the Lake Tahoe area,they moved back home to Nebraska so Jeff could attend Grace University in Omaha. Graduating May 2008, Jeff double-majored in Bible and in Church Education. Jeff values his education but would say that his years of self-employment in construction, time as a High School educator, as well as working for his parents in a family business granted him the opportunity to work out what in means to be a Christian “come Monday morning”. Jeff’s philosophy of ministry is to “teach Christians how to be Christians; and turn them loose” (Eph.4:11-12).

Meet Your 2012 BFC Convention Speakers

As the 2012 Berean National Convention draws closer, we thought we would take time to introduce you to the Convention speakers.

To view the original Bio page for the BFC Convention speakers, visit our website: Go to Berean Fellowship of Churches website


Dr. Mike Huber

Dr. R. Michael “Mike” Huber has more than 40 years experience in local church or church support ministries. He was raised, the oldest son in a family of seven children, in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country – Lancaster, PA. After a couple years of college, Mike was drafted into the US Army, at the height of the Vietnam Conflict. He served as a Chaplain’s Assistant in Saigon and I Corps, near the DMZ. His formal education began in Eastern Pennsylvania, progressed through Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon and culminated in San Diego.

“Dr. Mike” has provided pastoral leadership to congregations in Colorado and Wyoming. For nearly two-decades, he served a regional fellowship of churches. He has demonstrated capabilities in training and coaching, as well as church consulting, problem solving, strategic planning and team building. For more than 3-decades, he and his wife, Pam, have lived in the Rocky Mountain West – both in Colorado and Wyoming. They take pleasure in living near their three sons, two daughters-in-law and six grandchildren. Recreationally, Mike enjoys fishing, computer games, reading (including listening to recorded books), and backpacking the Colorado Trail. He also plays golf, although he does not always “enjoy” it.


Pastor Paul Knott

Pastor Paul Knott began attending a Berean Church at the age of four when his family moved to Haxtun, Colorado. During his childhood and early teen years he attended Maranatha Bible Camp each summer. At Jr. High Camp he made significant spiritual decisions about following the Lord with his whole heart, and clearly remembers saying to the Lord, “Here am I, send me”. After graduating from Biola University in 1976 with a degree in Christian Education, he married his high school sweetheart Betty and they moved to Denver. In Denver, Paul was involved in production management for a manufacturing company for almost 14 years. In 1990, He was called to the pastorate and they moved to Newman Grove, Nebraska, where they ministered for over 12 years. In September of 2002, Paul became the Sr. Pastor of the Hastings Berean Bible Church. He has been the Three Rivers District leader for the past three years. Paul and Betty have 5 children and 6 grandchildren, and love spending time with family. They also love reading, camping, hiking in the mountains, and motorcycle riding.


Pastor John Wetzig

John Wetzig is Senior Pastor of Grenada Community Berean Church in Grenada, CA. He has been part of the Berean Fellowship since 1976, when he was called to be youth pastor at Lincoln Berean. John also serves as the West Coast District leader for the Berean Fellowship. A graduate of Grace University, he also received training at Western Conservative Baptist Seminary. He is married to Debbie, daughter of former Berean pastor Gerry Sprunger. They have three children and three grandchildren.


Pastor Larry DeMoss

Larry DeMoss grew up in Kansas City and trusted Christ as a young boy. He attended Calvary Bible College, where he met his wife Jane. He then attended Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana. He has pastored in Wisconsin, Northern Illinois, and Missouri, before becoming pastor of the Broken Bow Berean Church in Nebraska in April of 2003. He also serves as Leader of the Sandhills District of the fellowship and as Director of Pastoral Development on the Board of Directors. Larry and Jane have three adult children.


Paul Braddy: Worship Leader

Paul Braddy is the Worship Pastor at SONrise Church in Torrington, Wyoming. He has been in the Berean Fellowship for 13 years. Starting his ministry at Cheyenne Berean Church as a youth and worship intern, he began to see the call on his life for fulltime ministry. Paul and his wife Cristine are also the founders of “Continuous Worship Ministries”, an organization devoted to helping local churches throughout the world learn to worship Christ in Spirit and Truth. CWC is a ministry under the umbrella of Maranatha Ministries and Maranatha Bible Camp. Paul has his degree in Music from the University of Wyoming. Paul and Cristine have 3 children and 2 dogs; Mika, Benji and Malaki; Max and Kira. In the time between homeschool and ministry they love traveling, hiking, running, and reading.


For more information on the 2012 Berean National Convention, check out our website: Take me to the Berean Fellowship of Churches website