Welcome To Berean.

BEREAN is a place of service (Matthew 28:19-20): 


Who We Are.

BEREAN is a place of Worship and Praise: 

  • Worship is vibrant, a transforming experience and Christ-centered.   


BEREAN is a place of service (Matthew 28:19-20): 

  • a place of discipleship 

  • a place to grow 

  • and we believe that every member is an active minister in the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12).   


BEREAN is a place to belong 

  • it is a family-friendly place 

  • active connections are created 

  • no perfect people allowed 

  • and it is our goal to see people through Christ’s eyes. 


Pastor Claval Hunter was born on the beautiful island of Nassau, Bahamas.  He is the last child of five children. He is married to the former Christina Fisher from Chicago, Illinois by way of Berrien Springs, Michigan. She currently serves as a Dean and Director on the campus of Andrews University. The Lord has blessed them with four beautiful children: Ce’Lena, Chloé, Isaiah, and Adam. As a family, they enjoy spending quality time together, traveling, music, and working together in ministry for the Lord. 


His ministerial purpose is to give spiritual and inspirational servant leadership to the Church through challenging preaching, Biblical teaching, and meaningful worship so that the people will be moved to apply their faith into their everyday lives.  He possesses a pastoral heart filled with compassion, empathy, wisdom, understanding, and Christ-like love, eagerly desiring to visit and pray with and for God’s people.   He is committed to being a person of prayer, a servant leader, a community activist, team player, a visionary leader, and committed to the truths of the Bible. 

Pastor Claval Hunter has preached and participated in many evangelistic efforts throughout North America and abroad, which have led to hundreds of baptisms and souls being won to Christ. He most recently previously served for the last ten years as Senior Pastor in the greater St. Louis area, was the Director of Adventist Community Services for The Central States Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and served as Assistant to the President for the area.


He also served as Chaplain for the Eastern Adventist Youth Federation for the Central States Conference and Treasurer for the St. Louis Adventist Area Ministers. He was also a contributing member of the Adventist Ministers & Pastors of St. Louis, which brought together pastors from four neighboring conferences, Central States Conference, Lake Region Conference, Illinois Conference & Iowa-Missouri Conference) to work together across conference lines, to collaborate in service, training and evangelism for their members and community. 


Pastor Hunter also holds the distinct honor of being inducted into the distinguished Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. International Board of Preachers in Atlanta, Georgia in April of 2018 for his recognized community and social justice contributions. The Board of Preachers is comprised of ordained clergy from the Christian tradition as well as faith leaders (Rabbis, Imams, Priests, Ministers) from a wide array of global spiritual and ethical traditions.  These diverse individuals have exhibited a commitment and promise for using their religious positions of leadership to promote peace, tolerance, interfaith understanding, healing, reconciliation, nonviolence, moral cosmopolitan social progress, agapeic justice and care for the ecosystem. 


Pastor Hunter is currently serving as the Lead Pastor of the Berean Seventh-day Adventist Church in South Bend, IN, and the Voice of Hope Seventh-day Adventist Church in Michigan City. 

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Ministerial Theology from Oakwood University in Huntsville Alabama, and a Master of Divinity degree from Andrews University SDA Theological Seminary in Berrien Springs Michigan. 

His favorite bible text is Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” 

Our Elders of Berena. - Connect with Our Team













Randy Jones 




Sheila Combs 



Children’s Church

Marlyn Beathea 




Kim Henley 



Communication Secretary

Abe Washington 


Community Service 

Evelyn Battle 




Steve Howard 


Disability/Men’s Ministry 

Blanton Beathea 



Food Pantry/Hospitality 

Lela Williams 



Finance Chair/Personal Ministry 

Al Jacobs 



Family Life  

Beverly & David Sedlacek 



Health & Temperance 

Akila Karanja 



Home & School/Minister of Music 

Joseph Karanja 




Herb Henley Jr. 


Personal Ministry Secretary

Carol Washington 


Religious Liberty/

Sabbath School Superintendent 

Hattie Washington 



Sabbath School Secretary  

Norma Coleman 




Alison Orozco 




Gloria Lott 



Women’s Ministry 

Sisa Ncube 


About Seventh-day Adventists

Located in South Bend, Indiana, Berean SDA Church is one of several multi-ethnic sister congregations in the Michiana region. The Seventh-day Adventist Church (SDA) is a mainstream Protestant church with approximately 19 million members worldwide, including more than one million members in North America. The Seventh-day Adventist Church seeks to enhance quality of life for people everywhere and to let people know that Jesus is coming again soon.


Adventists believe a Trinity of three persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit—make up one God. They made salvation possible when Jesus, the Son, came to earth as a baby in Bethlehem and lived a sinless life in accordance with the Father's will.

When Jesus was crucified for the sins of the people of the world and arose from the dead on the third day, victory was won for everyone.

When He returned to heaven following the resurrection, Jesus left the Holy Spirit to serve as our Comforter and Counselor. He promised to return to earth a second time to complete His plan of salvation and take His people to heaven. Adventists are among the believers who look forward to that day.


Adventists believe that God is concerned with the quality of human life, and that everything—the way we live, eat, speak, think, treat each other, and care for the world around us—is part of His plan. Our families, our children, our jobs, our talents, our money, and our time are all important to Him.