From left to right: Earl Weller, Tara Meyers, Dan Colgan, Kesha Miller, Trent Hagen, Melissa Collier, Doug Holden
Pastoral Search Update // October 13, 2020
Warm Greetings Berean,
Many of you have asked how the search team is doing and wondering if we can provide an update on progress.
Thankfully, the Lord has continued to allow us to meet weekly and keep us all healthy. We continue to thoroughly and carefully research applicants, which requires many hours of listening to sermons, reading resumes, reference reviews, and discussing as a team what we find.
As of late, we have seen a few highly qualified applicants. We are diligently evaluating them and are progressing with personal interviews. We trust the Lord in His timing and we as a team are being diligent to carefully follow the process given to us by our elders.
We encourage you to continue to pray for God's leading and discerning His direction for Berean. Your prayers mean the world to us and we feel them! God is at work!
Pastoral Search Team Biographies
My name is Earl Weller. Heidi and I were married at Berean in 1980. We have two sons - Derek (Deidre + 2 grandkids) in Austin, Texas, and Grant (Dani) in Hopkins. We’ve attended the Burnsville campus since 1991. Past connections at Berean include children’s ministries, properties team, and Elder board. Currently serving on an offering counting team, as a parking team lead and at the Welcome Desk with Heidi. Have done mission trips to Belgium, Croatia & Guatemala. Fact: Had mom for 3rd & 4th-grade teacher & Dad as Superintendent of Schools. Favorite verse – I Peter 5:7
My name is Tara Meyers. My husband, Joe, and I have been married for 6 years and we have two sons, Aden (5) and Joshua (10 months). We attend the Burnsville Campus on Sunday. I serve on the Technical Arts team as a Service Director and on the Team KID Worship Team. When I was 17, I graduated high school early to go on tour with Disney on Ice for four years as a professional figure skater. My favorite Bible verse is Esther 4:14.
My name is Dan Colgan. My wife Deb and I have been married for 39 years and have 3 grown and married daughters and 5 grandchildren. We have attended Berean Burnsville since 1992. I have served in various leadership roles including children’s choir, AWANA, Senior High Youth, Contemporary Worship Team, Nominating Committee, Search Committee for a Worship Pastor, served as an Elder for 6 years, and currently a member of the choir and a small group missional community with Deb. I’ve been told I’m like a mushroom, because I’m such a fungi. One of my favorite Bible verses is Prov. 3:5-6.
My name is Kesha Miller. My husband Dan and I have been married 28 years and we have one daughter, Alyssa and her husband, Luke, and our son, Zach who is completing his junior year in college. We attend the Burnsville Campus on Sunday mornings; usually third service. I have served in Berean Youth as a small group leader for the past five years, and I am a Substitute Teaching Leader in Bible Study Fellowship. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and I still love a foggy, rainy day. One of my favorite Bible verses is Isaiah 26:3.
My name is Trent Hagen. Dana and I have been married for almost 9 years, and we have a 2-year-old daughter, with another child due to arrive in August. We attend the Lakeville campus, where I currently serve on the setup/tear down team. We have enjoyed building relationships through our missional community group. Something you may not know about me is I am a perpetual learner with two master's degrees (MDiv, MBA) and currently pursuing an executive product strategy certificate. My favorite Bible verses are Proverbs 3:5-6.
My name is Melissa Collier. I have been blessed with 17 years of marriage to Steve Collier. We attend the Burnsville Campus. Currently, I have the privilege to serve on the Prayer Team and with the Prayer Warriors, which is part of Women's Ministries. A little fun fact about me is that I have jumped out of a perfectly good airplane -- twice. One of the Scriptures that changed my life for the better is Exodus 34:6-7.
My name is Doug Holden. Paulette and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown children and seven grandchildren. I taught school for 10 years in Pennsylvania and later spent 30 years in North Carolina, where I eventually became a self-employed financial advisor. We’ve been at Berean (Burnsville campus) for almost five years, where we’re part of the Crossroads ABF. I also serve as a small group leader for Preteen Ministries on Saturday nights. I had the privilege of taking my first mission trip to Myanmar last fall. My favorite Bible verse is Philippians 2:5.
Ways to pray for the team and the process
Scripture Reading: Proverbs 3:5-6
Pray for the church and search team to trust the leading of the Holy Spirit in this season.
Scripture Reading: John 15:1-8
Pray for the church to continually abide in Christ and produce much fruit that glorifies the Father during the interim period.
Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 29:11-13
Pray for the search team and the church to seek God wholeheartedly with the realization that he is in control of the church's future.
Scripture Reading: Joshua 1:9
Pray for each member of the search team to have an overwhelming sense of God's presence and guidance as they work through the steps of the pastor search process.
Scripture Reading: Proverbs 2:2-6
Pray for our future pastor to seek God's wisdom in every area of life and decision making. Pray for the search team to be attentive to the Lord's wisdom.
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 55:6-9
Pray that in times of discouragement, the search team and church will seek the Lord diligently and remain confident that he is at work bringing the church and our future pastor together.
Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 4:1-5
Pray for our future pastor to faithfully preach the Word of God today in his local church. Pray for our pastors who will be breaking the Bread of Life with us on this Lord’s day.