Pastoral Search Team
God’s Providence in the Waiting
When the Pastoral Search Team was first introduced to the congregation near the end of February 2020, Berean was only just beginning to adjust to our own time of change and healing. When we started this process, none of us could have imagined how our church and our world would change in the months that followed.
When we met together for the first time, we knew we faced a solemn and sober task, but we were humbled by the call, exhilarated by the challenge, and excited to meet the man whom God would call to lead Berean. We had no way of knowing we would still be on this journey together in September 2021 and beyond.
Adjusting Our Expectations
Many of you have had questions about the timing and the process. As a team, individually and collectively, we have had many of those same questions, and at times some frustration and impatience. But in far greater measure, our team has experienced God’s Providence and we have adjusted as God has guided us.
Changing Times Require a Changing Strategy
The world has changed in significant ways in the last two years. We are now looking at an entirely different landscape for the Church, locally and globally. These changes have shaped what we’re looking for and have amplified the need for an additional layer of leadership skills in our candidate.
How has our Search Changed in Practical Ways?
We are looking very closely at where the applicants have served in the past and how their experiences equip them to meet, address, and navigate the current environment Berean faces. For example, we are considering what part of the country or world they are from, the type and size of the churches served, and the demographics of the areas surrounding those churches. We are also looking for any specific evidence of applicants leading through unexpected change or adversity - primarily because there are more of both on the horizon for the Church.
How has our Search Remained the Same?
We are still wholly committed to finding a candidate who is committed to the Truth of God’s Word; who seeks God first in all he does; who is theologically aligned with our Statement of Faith; and who can effectively shepherd our body for the sake of the Gospel. We are patiently and expectantly waiting for God to lead us to a man after His own heart.
God still has a plan for Berean
We have also seen God’s grace on display as He continues to sustain us. We have not been left to our own devices, nor have we shifted from our mission. God has gifted us with a team of pastors who have led us well, and the Body of Christ is alive and well at Berean.
We are encouraged as we see God’s hand at work, and we hope you are as well. Romans 8:28 offers this encouragement for all of us… "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose."
We love God and know He is continually working for our good. As a team, we continue to trust God’s perfect plan for Berean. We have learned so much, and will continue to learn, as God’s grace is evident all around us… even in the waiting.
- The Search Team continues to meet weekly – sometimes in person, sometimes via Zoom.
- We continue to receive detailed information on prospective applicants for evaluation.
- We meet via Zoom with some prospective candidates for additional information and consideration.
- We have regular communication with our search firm representative.
- As always, we appreciate your prayers.
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, and as a parking team-lead. Have done mission trips to Belgium, Croatia & Guatemala. Fact: Had mom for 3rd & 4th-grade teacher & Dad as Superintendent of Schools. My favorite verse is I Peter 5:7
My name is Jessie Anderson. My husband Tony and I have been married for 16 years and we have two boys, Isaac and Myles. We have attended Berean since 2002. Over the years I have served with MOPS, Berean Kids, Awana, and Stephen Ministry. In 2015 I joined the Berean staff overseeing the Benevolent Ministry. Currently, I am a substitute teacher for Berean Kids on Sunday morning and lead a Moms-in-Prayer group at my boys' school. I love the four seasons of Minnesota and am up for any outdoor activity no matter the season. My favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:6-7.
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.
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.