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.
John and I (Amy) have been married 22 years, and have attended Berean for around 20 years. John works for the Mayo Clinic doing "computer stuff" (IT Dept), and I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom. We have four children: Rowan, Norah, Marcus, and Ezra. When we were church-hunting (20 years ago), we wanted to find a church family that could truly be a "family" to us. We were lonely and knew very few people in Rochester at the time, and I (Amy) especially longed for relationship and friendship with other women. I remember specifically telling John, "I just want one friend that I can call if I want to go for a walk!" Once we found Berean, we quickly became connected with several other young couples and it has been our church home and family ever since. Berean has many families with children of all ages, and our children have also made many friendships and enjoy youth group, Sunday School, AWANA and any time they can spend with their friends! We have also grown in our faith through the excellent Biblical teaching and time in Small Groups.
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.