Berean's New
Lead Pastor

Dr. Deven K. MacDonald

After several months of searching and interviewing
high-quality candidates for the Lead Pastor Role, 
we're excited to announce that the role has
officially been filled!

The MacDonald Family
Deven, Heather, Patrick, Evelyn, and Audrey

The MacDonald Family comes to us from London, Ontario where, by God's grace, Deven has had the privilege to fulfill his calling to proclaim the name of the resurrected Lord and care for his people by helping them understand how the Good News of Jesus impacts their everyday lives.

He has a bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies from Crandall University in New Brunswick, Canada, a master's degree in Theology from Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada, and a Ph.D. in New Testament from the University of Pretoria in Pretoria, South Africa.

Deven has published two books:
The Resurrection and You: How the Resurrection Answers Your Biggest Questions, June 2022. W&S Publishing
Allegiance, Opposition, and Misunderstanding: A Narrative Critical Approach to Mark’s Gospel, March 2018. W&S Publishing

In his spare time, Deven enjoys hunting, fishing, working out, spending time with his wife and family, summer sunshine, and a mediocre cup of black coffee.


Q+A WITH PASTOR DEVEN

What will your first year at Berean look like? 

My first year at Berean is going to involve a lot of listening and learning. Every church has a unique culture, policies, structure, and ways of getting stuff done. While we share much in common, each church is unique. I’m the new guy here, so I need to listen well. 

My focus is going to be on getting to know the people at Berean and the church itself. There’s no way that I can provide adequate leadership to people that I don’t know and understand. So, listening, hearing stories, understanding the past, and sharing dreams will be a big part of my work moving forward.  

What do you believe is the primary role of Berean’s Lead Pastor? 

I understand my primary role to be preaching God’s Word, shepherding God’s people, and eventually providing clarity on vision and the future. A significant part of doing the above involves helping Berean remain on course, stay faithful to Scripture, and work for health in all aspects of ministry. 

My theological conviction is that church is never supposed to be based on one individual. My calling is to teach and equip God’s people for the work of ministry in their day-to-day lives. Nothing excites me more than seeing people grow to live out and share the gospel in their homes, workplaces, and social circles.

What excites you and what scares you about the opportunity at Berean?

What excites me is working with such a fantastic team! I am so excited to see the collective gifts used for a shared vision and mission. I’ve always enjoyed building and working with high-functioning teams and I can’t wait to work alongside Berean's staff, Elders, and leaders. We can do so much more together than we can on our own. 

What scares me? Well, it’s not the cold if that’s what you’re thinking! I am eager to see (but trying to trust God) my children’s transition into life in Minnesota. They are amazing kids, and each is a true gift from God. But they are leaving behind everything that they’ve ever known. I am praying that this new season will be a real incubator for their spiritual growth and development.

July 27, 2022

Howdy Berean, 

Pastor Deven here. I’m writing to keep you informed (as best as I can) about some of what’s happening in our world as we work towards the upcoming move to Minnesota. 

First off, let me just be clear: Heather and I are so excited! Every night before bed, we pray specifically for you – God’s people at Berean. We are ready to go as soon as humanly possible. I can’t wait! Here’s what we’ve been up to on the family front since our visit to Berean and the member vote on July 10. 

My priority upon returning to Canada following our time at Berean was to communicate clearly and graciously to our church here in London. Summerside has been good to me and my family, and I am so thankful for every second of my time here. As we shared the news, we began to meet with individuals and couples to care for them through this journey. I also worked with our Elders here to formulate a plan for my exit. 

Last week, Heather and I and the kids had the opportunity to sneak away for two nights to Niagara Falls. We had an amazing time as a family and lived it like true tourists. The weather was great, and we all had fun.

                              

Around home, we’ve started getting ready for the big move. I’ve been painting, touching up the surprising level of destruction that a house full of kids can make, and working to figure out what we will bring and what we will let go. Here’s something you’ll come to know about my wife: She’s an absolute force of nature. Heather has the best work ethic of almost anyone I’ve ever met. She’s been going hard from morning to night. We’re making good ground while still finding times of joy and laughter in all the business. We are meeting with our realtor soon and are lining up some quotes from a few moving companies. 

Obviously, there are still a host of details to be worked out. Please keep praying that we’d not only make wise decisions, but that we wouldn’t allow the stress of coordinating all the details to detract from the excitement and joy we’re experiencing and, most importantly, from what God is doing in us through this process. In Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount is recorded, and it covers a lot. In this passage, Jesus teaches his followers not to worry but to “seek first the kingdom of God.” In all the craziness of a transition like this, these words are a great reminder to focus on God and his Kingdom and trust him with the details. 

I want to start early and start well at Berean. To that end, I’ve been meeting weekly with Mark Herendeen (Berean’s Elder Board Chair) and Pastor Tony and working through one-on-one meetings with the Elders, Pastors, and Lead Team. I love hearing their stories and how God has worked in and through them. 

(Note: For immigration purposes, I must note that this is entirely volunteer work. I have not and will not receive compensation in any form for this work either now or in the future.) 

Something you’ll learn about me is that I love to read. So, what have I been reading recently?

  • Every Pastor’s First 180 Days, by Charles Stone. Charles is a good friend and mentor to me. He is an American living in Canada. Throughout this whole journey with Berean, he’s been a great resource for me personally, and his book is a great read for obvious reasons.
  • Deeper, by Dane Ortlund. Last year, Dane released Gentle and Lowly. If you haven’t read that book, you should. It’s a wonderful exploration of Jesus’ heart towards you. It won several awards and really is quite powerful.
  • Evangelicalism, by John Stackhouse. This little book from Oxford University Press is a fascinating account of the history, complexity, and beauty of Evangelicalism across the globe. It was just released this month and is very well done.  

Thank you, Berean family, for your prayers, and I look forward to keeping you updated as we continue this journey together for the Kingdom. 

Pastor Deven