The Berean Baptist Church of the Ninth Ward of the city of Brooklyn 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 of this commitment was the organizing of the church which later served as a “way station” on the “Underground railroad”.

The Brooklyn Church affirmed the vision of Pastor Griffin to expand its ministry by opening a second site in Raleigh, North Carolina. With the purchase of property and The Garden on Millbrook Catering Company, the fulfillment of this vision commenced with our first service held on Sunday, February 12, 2012.

With vibrant worship, an emphasis on healthy families and a focus on community development the Berean Raleigh family quickly grew during 2012. On January 1, 2013 the Reverend Byron L. Benton was called to become Berean Raleigh’s Pastor. Under his leadership, the church continues to grow in various and diverse ways.

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