Preaching the Same Vital Message for Over 45 Years
Berean Baptist Church was formed as a church plant in the mid-1970s by Rev. Harold Nieman. Rev. Nieman was with Hiawatha Baptist Mission which has now become Continental Baptist Mission.
Pastor Nieman pastored Berean Baptist for about six years before moving to another area of Iowa to plant another church.
Pastor Robert Palser took Pastor Nieman's place and served until 1992.
From 1992 to 1993, Lloyd Miller, a retired pastor, served as an interim.
In the fall of 1992, Rev. Gary Freel was called as Pastor and served faithfully until 2008.
Rev. DeFord served as interim at Berean for seven months until Pastor Ralph Harmon was called to be the pastor.
The Harmons moved to Boone, Iowa and began their ministry on August 2, 2009.
Rev. Harmon has had extensive ministry experience, serving in such ministries as church planting, interim pastor, and youth pastor. For 18 years, he and his wife, Karla, also served as missionaries in the Netherlands with Baptist World Missions. More about our pastor.