Church body

One question people ask themselves when visiting a Church is "Do I fit in here?" The best way to answer this question is by visiting for a service, but below, you can learn more about some of Berean's regular attenders. Above all else, we are a Church of ordinal people who desire to serve, honor, and follow the Lord.


The Downers

Hello!  We are the Downer family. John is an Air Force brat who moved a lot but calls Virginia home.  Naomi was born and raised in Rochester and Byron. We met doing mission work in Austria and got married a few years later, in 2003. Brennan was born in 2007, at the tail-end of our four years in Orlando, Florida. Owen came along in 2010 when we were in Richmond, Virginia. After six years in Richmond a job offer at Mayo allowed us to move closer to Naomi's family. We arrived here in August 2014 and began attending Berean about six weeks later. We were immediately attracted to the focus on studying the Word and the friendly, welcoming environment. We have enjoyed being part of two Life Together Groups. John leads the missions team and serves as an usher and on the prayer team.  Naomi volunteers with Awana's and lends her voice to the worship team. We hope that many others will have the opportunity to find a home at Berean, just like we have.