Dr. Brian D. Miller
Pastor Miller brings over 30 years of pastoral experience to Berea and serves as the church’s Senior Pastor. In this role, he oversees all church ministries, serving as the leader of the BBC ministry. Pastor Miller brings a caring and sensitive heart to help others, is personable, and reaches out to the Springfield community. As a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Pastor Miller also possesses a strong seminary education background, including a Ph.D. in pastoral ministry. He served as Senior Pastor at two previous churches, prior to having become Berea’s Senior Pastor in January 2016. Pastor Miller brings a history of church growth, vibrant and engaging ministry, and successful outreach to others. As the church’s executive leader, he possesses a strong and healthy vision for Berea to accomplish in the months and years to come. Pastor Miller enjoys personally sharing Berea’s goals with visitors and prospective church members. Pastor Miller possesses a strong pulpit presence and expository preaching is his typical sermon style.
Reed Waggoner brings a broad skill set to Berea Bible Church gained from serving as a church-planting pastor in Indiana. At Berea, Pastor Reed serves as the associate pastor with particular oversight in areas of music and worship. He is a graduate of Appalachian Bible College and Shepherds Theological Seminary. Pastor Reed is passionate about helping Christians learn to think carefully and critically about the world through a biblical lens. In addition to his role as associate pastor, Reed is also the East Region Field Director for Midwest Church Extension.
Pastor Tom Wolverton
Member Care and Outreach Pastor
Pastor Tom serves as the Member Care and Outreach Pastor at Berea Bible Church. With a burning desire for evangelism fueled by the Word of God he brings over a decade of pastoral experience along with many years of serving God in various church leadership positions. He has a pastor’s heart for visiting and caring for believers of all ages with an innate ability to apply truth to everyday life. Pastor Tom, along with his wife Theresa, serves in leadership of GriefShare, a grief recovery program which reaches out into Berea’s surrounding community to those who have lost a loved one.
Director of Operations
Michael has attended Berea his entire life. While at Berea, he has served as a Deacon and Elder and currently serves as the church Treasurer. He has worked in the financial services industry for over 35 years as a senior leader with large banks and mortgage banking firms. He served as a senior leader and managed large teams with an emphasis on operations and customer-facing support. During his career, Michael served on several committees for the Mortgage Banking Association and attended the Thayer Leadership Development Academy for executives at West Point Military Academy. Michael has been involved in the community and previously served on the Board of Directors for the Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement, and Rocking Horse Medical Center. Michael is a graduate of Taylor University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration.
Director of Youth Ministries
Sam Watkins has served as Youth Director at Berea since 2020. He has a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies from Cedarville University, where he is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity degree. He has a passion for teaching young people about the Bible and how to think about the world from a biblical perspective. His goal is to help young men and women understand not just what to believe about the world, the gospel, and themselves, but why they should believe it. Sam also serves in the U.S. Army Reserves as a Chaplain Candidate (Second Lieutenant). He and his wife, Elly, live in Cedarville, OH.
Eliza has been at Berea since August 2020 when she began attending Cedarville University. Before Cedarville, she attended culinary school in New Jersey and obtained a degree and worked in the baking and pastry field. Eliza graduated from Cedarville in May of 2023 with a degree in Christian Education and is thrilled to have the opportunity to serve Berea in this role.