Berean Baptist Church
8825 West Broadway Ave
Brooklyn Park, MN  55445
Service Times
Sunday School: 9:30 AM
Sunday AM: 10:30 AM
Sunday PM: 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 7:00 PM

Our Location

Berean Baptist Church
8825 West Broadway
Brooklyn Park, MN  55445
Phone: (763) 425-2244

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Our Beliefs

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.

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Our Purpose

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.

Our Message

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"  John 1:12.

Our Name

man with Bible

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.

Our Associations

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).

Our Staff

Dr. Cary Flinck is the Senior Pastor of Berean Baptist Church.

  Pastor and Nan Flinck

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

Dr. Gray

  • 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 the roll

  • July 1969  Filed application to affiliate with the New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches

  • Nov 1968  First Youth Director, Cliff Pals was appointed

  • 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

Old Building

  • Jan 1971  Wayne Muri called to serve as Youth Pastor

  • 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 as pastor

Don Odens

  • June 1974  Dave Rogers called to serve as part-time Youth Director

  • Feb 1976  Ordination council & service for Pastor Odens

  • Jun 1976  Dave Sheppard called as Youth Pastor

  • Oct 1977  Wes & Tena Oliveira commissioned as first missionaries to Brazil


  • Jan 1978  Ground broken for first addition to the original building

Berean First Addition

Our Church History 1980s

  • July 1981   Gerald Stephens called as full-time Assistant Pastor

Pastor Stephens

  • Oct 1983  Architectural firm of Lindberg-Pierce, Inc. retained to design a Master Plan for developing the church property

  • 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

Im Bau

  • Sept 1985  Dedication of new auditorium


  • Oct 1985  Call extended to Gene Dahmes to serve as Assistant Pastor

Gene Dahmes

  • June 1988 Twentieth Anniversary Celebration

20 years

Our Church History 1990s

  • May 1991 Judd Larson called to serve as Assistant Pastor

Judd Larsen

  • 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 as Pastor


  • June 1998 Thirtieth Anniversary Celebration

30 years

Our Church History 2000s

  • March 2002  Call extended to Ron Caasi to serve as Associate Pastor

Ron Caasi

  • 2003  Thirty-fifth Anniversary Celebration      

Brass Group

  • Feb 19, 2006: Commissioning service for Ron & Heidi C. as they prepare to depart for the field.     

Brass Group

  • Sept 2006: Call extended to Matthew Fure to serve as Associate Pastor

Fure Family

  • Paul & Jo Anna Harmon as they prepare to depart for the field of Uruguay


  • June 2008 Berean celebrates its 40th Anniversary

Mortgage Burning

  • January 2009 Commissioning service for David & Kristi Flinck as they prepare to depart for the field of Chile

David Flinck Family

Our Church History 2010s

  • July 2013 Commissioning service for John & Kristen Ball as they head to language school, preparing for the field of Uruguay.

John Ball Family

  • June 2018 50th Anniversary Celebration with Ben Everson, Les Ollila, and former Pastors and members

Ben Everson