Berean Baptist Church
8825 West Broadway
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
Phone: (763) 425-2244
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Berean Baptist Church is a place where the Bible is the only authority
for what we believe and do, where each member has a vote in the government
of the church and where each Christian is free to live according to the
direction of the Holy Spirit under the authority of the Word of God.
- Biblical rather than interdenominational or new evangelical
- Bible-believing rather than liberal
- Autonomous rather than denominationally controlled in church government
- Premillenial rather than postmillenial or amillenial in eschatology
- Pretribulational rather than posttribulational or midtribulational
in regard to the rapture
- Local church centered rather than ecumenical in policy
- Separated rather than inclusivistic
- Creationist rather than evolutionist
Berean Baptist Church exists to glorify our great God, to preach the
Gospel of Christ, and to provide fellowship for born-again Christians.
Our church was organized in June, 1968 to minister the gospel of Jesus
Christ in suburban Brooklyn Park. We endeavor to minister to the spiritual
needs of our community through worship services, Bible studies, and activities
for all ages.
YOU ARE A SINNER. "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of
God" Romans 3:23.
GOD LOVES YOU. "For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten
Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting
life" John 3:16.
CHRIST DIED FOR YOU. "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that,
while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" Romans 5:8.
YOU MUST RECEIVE HIM. "But as many as received him, to them gave he
power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name"
Many people question where the name "Berean
" comes from. Some think
it is the name of an association or group of churches. However, the name
"Berean" comes from Acts 17:10-11 where we read:
"And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas
by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of
the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that
they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures
daily, whether those things were so." Acts 17:10-11
The Bereans (the people who lived in Berea) searched the Scriptures to
see if the things being taught were true. At Berean Baptist Church,
the name reminds us that the Bible is the only authority for what we believe
and do. We encourage you to search the Scriptures just like the people
at Berea, in order to find the truth.
Berean Baptist Church is an independent Baptist
Church. We are affiliated with the New Testament Association of Independent
Baptist Churches (NTAIBC) and
the Minnesota Baptist Association (MBA).
Dr. Cary Flinck is the Senior Pastor of Berean Baptist
Dr. Cary Flinck and his wife, Nan
Cary D. Flinck was born April 2, 1953, in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, the third
child in a family of ten children (seven boys and three girls).
He came to know Christ (May 15, 1971) as his own personal Savior as a senior in
high school through the witness of other Christian teens and especially the
testimony of his high school sweetheart, Nancy Monson, who later became his
wife (married August 11, 1973).
His education includes graduating in 1973 from Itasca Community College in
Grand Rapids, MN; St. Cloud State University in 1975 with the Bachelor of
Science, Health degree; Central Baptist Theological Seminary in 1980 with the
Master of Divinity degree. While at seminary, Cary served as the Youth Pastor at
Granite City Baptist Church, St. Cloud, MN.
He also graduated from Northland Baptist University, Dunbar, Wisconsin, in
1996 with the Doctor of Sacred Ministries degree.
The southern Minnesota city of Fairmont was where the Lord led Cary and his
family (wife, Nancy, son, David, and daughter, Bonnie) to serve as Youth
Pastor/Principal and Senior Pastor for 16 years (1981-1997).
The Lord called him to assume the senior pastorate of Berean Baptist Church of
Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, in 1997 and he continues in this role at this time.
Pastor Cary and Nan have been blessed with 8 grandchildren.
Our Church History 1960s
Berean Baptist Church was organized in 1968 by friendly
people who have a genuine concern for the eternal salvation and spiritual
welfare of others. This concern is expressed in their giving of time,
talents, and support for the ministry of the gospel.
The following are highlights from the church's
history records. Click on the photos for a larger view.
June 1968 The organizational meeting of Berean Baptist
Church was conducted in the Brookdale Center Community Room
with Rev. Duane Gray presiding. Ten were received into
membership, a covenant was adopted, and Rev. Duane Gray was
called as the interim pastor
June 1968 The church votes to affiliate with the Twin
City Association of Baptist Churches
July 1968 Rev. Duane Gray called as the first Pastor
Dec 1968 The charter membership closed with 38 names on
July 1969 Filed application to affiliate
with the New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches
Nov 1968 First Youth Director, Cliff Pals
Oct 1969 Purchased property at 89thAve. N. and West Broadway
Our Church History 1970s
August 1970 Voted to begin construction of Berean
Baptist Church building.
Dec 1970 First service held in new building
Jan 1971 Wayne Muri called to serve as
July 1971 The church votes to construct a parsonage
Jan 1972 Tom Yauch called to serve as Youth Pastor
Oct 1973 Pastor Duane Gray resigns.
Dr. Rolland McCune serves as interim Pastor
Jan 1974 Pastor Don Odens called to serve
June 1974 Dave Rogers called to serve as
part-time Youth Director
Feb 1976 Ordination council & service for
Jun 1976 Dave Sheppard called as Youth
Oct 1977 Wes & Tena Oliveira commissioned
as first missionaries to Brazil
Jan 1978 Ground broken for first addition
to the original building
Our Church History 1980s
July 1981 Gerald Stephens called
as full-time Assistant Pastor
Oct 1983 Architectural firm of Lindberg-Pierce,
Inc. retained to design a Master Plan for developing the church
Dec 1984 Congregation voted to engage Jim
W. Miller Construction Co. to develop plans for new auditorium
Feb 1985 Action taken to proceed with construction
of a new multi- purpose auditorium
Sept 1985 Dedication of new auditorium
Oct 1985 Call extended to Gene Dahmes to
serve as Assistant Pastor
June 1988 Twentieth Anniversary Celebration
Our Church History 1990s
May 1991 Judd Larson called to serve as Assistant
Sept 1993 Call extended to Doug Brown to serve
as Assistant Pastor
Sept 1996 Pastor Don Odens resigns. Dr.
Ed Glenny called to serve as Interim Pastor
June 1997 Dr. Cary D. Flinck called to serve
June 1998 Thirtieth Anniversary Celebration
Our Church History 2000s
- March 2002 Call extended to Ron Caasi to serve
as Associate Pastor
2003 Thirty-fifth Anniversary Celebration
Feb 19, 2006: Commissioning service for Ron &
Heidi C. as they prepare to depart for the field.
Sept 2006: Call extended to Matthew Fure to serve
as Associate Pastor
Paul & Jo Anna Harmon as they prepare to depart for the
field of Uruguay
June 2008 Berean celebrates its 40th Anniversary
January 2009 Commissioning service for David & Kristi
Flinck as they prepare to depart for the field of Chile
Our Church History 2010s
- July 2013 Commissioning service for John & Kristen Ball
as they head to language school, preparing for the field of Uruguay.
- June 2018 50th Anniversary Celebration
with Ben Everson, Les Ollila, and former Pastors and members