Our Mission

Berean is a church that exists to Glorify God, to Make Disciples for Jesus Christ and to Empower them with the Holy Spirit to live the abundant life.

Our History

Berean Baptist of Raleigh held its first service on February 12, 2012.  However, our history goes back to 1850.

The Berean Baptist Church of the Ninth Ward of Brooklyn, New York, was   incorporated on August 11, 1850 when the influence of the Abolitionist movement prompted frequent meetings of mixed racial groups in “Weeksville,” the first settlement of free blacks in the state of New York.  These men by their common commitment to the Christian faith, said they were attempting to effect spiritual and social change.  The visible expression if this commitment was the organizing of the church which later served as a “way station” on the Underground Railroad.

Berean Brooklyn affirmed the vision of Pastor Griffin to expand its ministry by becoming one church in two locations and opening a second site in Raleigh, North Carolina.  With the purchase of property and The Garden on Millbrook Catering Company which is on the site, the fulfillment of the vision commenced with our first service on Sunday, February 12, 2012.  Dr. Arlee Griffin, Jr., Senior Pastor and Associate Pastor,  Rev. Byron Benton lead the congregation for the remainder of 2012.

On January 1, 2013, Rev. Byron L Benton was called to be the first local pastor of Berean Baptist of Raleigh with Senior Pastor Griffin.  Under their leadership, the church grew in diverse ways.  Pastor Byron served until November 2018 when he was called to another church. 

 

Our Core Values

The values “The Berean Experience” are:

  • Exciting Worship
  • Exploring the Word of God
  • Enriching Families
  • Empowering Relationships
  • Equipping Ministries of Healing and Wholeness
  • Emphasizing Evangelism and Social Justice
  • Encouraging Entrepreneurship

Senior Pastor

Arlee Griffin, Jr. 

Dr. Griffin is a native of Elizabeth City, North Carolina where he was a member of the Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church and an honor graduate of Northeastern High School.

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First Lady

Minister Joycelyn Proctor-Griffin

Minister Joycelyn Proctor Griffin is a native of Elizabeth City, NC. She is the third daughter of the late Dencie Lee Proctor and Melvia Proctor Banks. She attended Camden County Public Schools and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication with a minor in Dramatic Arts from Elizabeth City State University.

Associate Ministers

Dr. Fatimah Salleh

Dr. Fatimah Salleh

Rev. Darius Moore

Rev. Darius Moore

Rev. Ricky Hicks

Rev. Ricky Hicks

Deacons

James Wynn

James Wynn

Chairman

Joseph High

Joseph High

Vice-Chairman

Darryl High

Darryl High

Douglas Nelson

Douglas Nelson

Garrie Moore

Garrie Moore

Joyce Kellam

Joyce Kellam

Kathleen High

Kathleen High

Lynn Nelson

Lynn Nelson

Robert O'Neil

Robert O'Neil

Clerks

Jacqueline Wynn

Jacqueline Wynn

Church Clerk

Melvinia High

Melvinia High

Assistant Clerk

Sandra Chapman

Sandra Chapman

church business administrator

Nathaniel Ligons II

Nathaniel Ligons II

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