Dr. Fausto M. Cuervo-Arango founded Berea Bible School in 1992 as a local church school offering basic biblical preparation to a small group of men from the Spanish Ministry of Mount Paran Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Serving as pastor of the congregation, Dr. Cuervo saw the need to help equip and disciple the future leaders of the church.
That group chose the name Berea Bible School in memory of the city mentioned in Acts 17:10-11 and the residents of that city that diligently searched the Scriptures daily to compare Paul’s teachings to the truth of Scripture.
The first class studied for two years under the direction of Dr. Cuervo and finished their studies at the end of 1994, without a formal graduation. Another class met after this, and Berea Bible School held its first formal graduation in 1997.
On August 5, 2003, the school was reorganized as Berea School of Ministry, constituted its first Board of Trustees and elected Alfredo Expósito its first chairman. Dr. Cuervo was officially named the President of the school and Dr. David Casas was named Academic Dean.
In April 2005, Mrs. Janice Sutherland was elected Berea’s Second Board Chair and on August 5, 2008, Berea dedicated its first space in the Student Life Center of Mount Paran Church.
On May 27, 2010, the Board of Trustees adopted a new charter and were renamed the Board of Directors. Mrs. Sutherland was reelected Board Chair. Dr. Casas was appointed Vice President of Academic Affairs.
On November 8, 2010, the Board of Directors named Dr. Casas to succeed Dr. Cuervo-Arango as Berea’s Second President. On December 5, 2010, Dr. Casas was inaugurated and on June 6, 2015, Berea received full academic accreditation.
Today, Berea School of Ministry is a much larger vision of training leaders for church planting around the world as it prepares to launch its first academic degree in the fall of 2017. Although much larger in vision and mission, the purpose has remained the same – to equip the ones that are called to serve the LORD.