Pastoral Staff

Nathan Brand - Senior Pastor

I grew up in Oakland, California and moved to Chicago in 1992, graduating from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School with an M-Div. in 1995. I met my beautiful bride, Carrie in Chi-Town and got married in 1999. We have three daughters: Bailey, Madison and Emma and a ferocious watch dog, Teddy. A few of my favorite things are:

  • Oakland A’s Baseball
  • Nebraska Football
  • the musical Les Miserable
  • cheering on my kids in their endeavors
  • an ocean beach on a sunny day
  • listening to Christmas music while watching the snow fall

I have served as a College Minister in Santa Barbara, CA, Singles and then Interim Worship Pastor in Gurnee, IL, Worship & CE Pastor in North Platte, NE and now as Senior Pastor of Berean Community Church.  A few lesser known but no less significant facts about me:

  • I have a BA in Dramatic Art from UC Davis
  • I am the shortest male in my family
  • My kids call me the ‘fun’ parent
  • I like Coke more than Pepsi

My life verse is Psalm 16:2 (NIV) ‘ I said to the LORD, “You are my Lord ; apart from you I have no good thing.”’

Alex Fleming - Youth Pastor

Hello!  My name is Alex Fleming. I serve as the Youth Pastor at Berean, and oversee our Middle School and High School ministries. I was born and raised in Indiana (Go Colts!), but have called Rochester home since 2003. I am a Mayo High school graduate, and attended college right here in MN at the University of Northwestern in St. Paul where I graduated with a degree in Youth and Family Studies in 2014. I began serving at Berean shortly following graduation, and have absolutely loved getting to know and invest in our students.

My wife Kelsey and I were married in October 2014 shortly before we began serving at Berean. In our free time, we love being outside walking, hiking, and biking, and I absolutely love to ski (snow or water)! Here are some other fun facts to help you get to know me:

  • Favorite Book: The Lord of the Rings
  • Favorite Movies: The Hunt for Red October, Mr. Holland’s Opus, and The Lord of the Rings
  • Favorite Vacation Spot: Colorado (or anywhere with mountains!)
  • Favorite Bible Verse: Ephesians 6:19

There’s really a lot more to me than a list of 4 favorite things, so please come find me on a Sunday or Wednesday and introduce yourself, I would love to meet you!