An Open Letter Concerning the Future of
Berean Baptist College
Thank you for the opportunity for me to speak to you by way of letter. For the last 17 years, Berean Baptist College has trained men and women for the ministry. To God be the glory, there are graduates and former students faithfully serving God around the world. As a ministry, we have maintained a strong stand on the Bible even when it has been unpopular. Confrontational soulwinning has been an emphasis which our students and faculty have practiced. We have stressed for a balance in life and ministry.
Berean Baptist College, while a ministry of Immanuel Baptist Church, has always been Godís ministry. Berean Baptist College was started when God planted a burden on the heart of not only my father, but also our church family. It has always been our dream that this and every ministry honor the Lord. Because it is Godís ministry, as the Pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church I must remain sensitive to His leading. The purpose of this letter is to inform you of the direction God is leading in regards to Berean Baptist College. Recently I presented to our church people the direction and decision in which God has led me. I believe that the time has come to change the focus of our ministry as it applies to Berean Baptist College. Later this fall we will be transitioning to night classes, and we will not be recruiting nor accepting any new students. I am currently working with students and Pastors on transferring to other Baptist colleges. On Friday, May 26, 2017, we will hold our last commencement service. We are inviting both former students and graduates to help us celebrate Berean Baptist College. It will be an amazing night of celebration. We will continue to operate in a limited capacity through night classes and through independent study.
Make no mistake in thinking this is not the Lordís doing. In the last few years, God has given us 35 acres of land in Jacksonville. He has placed us in a growing part of the city that has a great need of the Gospel. This past Sunday, in our three services, the Lord blessed with visitors and baptisms. There were over twenty souls that trusted Christ as their Saviour. It was thrilling to have to delay the start of a service because converts were still being baptized from the previous service. To God be the glory! We are working tirelessly to complete current building projects so we can begin new ones. Pray for us as the fields are truly ripe unto harvest.
Twenty years ago God gave my father a burden for Berean Baptist College. He has given me a different one. I am looking forward to running alongside like-minded men and ministries preaching Christ and promoting the Old-Time Religion. The critics of Bible-preaching, soulwinning, and non-contemporary churches will say that the ship of the Old-Time Religion is sinking fast. I could not disagree more. I believe God is working and I am excited to do my part. The Lord is opening other doors of ministry which will be announced in the near future.
I close this letter with gratitude and admonition. To all of our graduates and former students I say Ė Continue. Continue in the things thou hast learned. Do not compromise the Word of God and continue pursuing souls. To all of our supporting pastors, churches, and friends, I say Ė Thank You. Thank you for trusting us with your students, having our tour groups, and for all of your prayers. I look forward to future fellowship and co-laboring with you to reach the world with the Gospel. I know we live in a difficult day. I am not discouraged, depressed, defeated, or dismayed. Our Adversary has and will continue to oppose and fight Godís faithful. God has placed us here ďfor such a time as this.Ē Hold to the truth, stay faithful, and as always, if I can ever be a help to you, please do not hesitate to let me know. May the Lord continue to bless you in your service for Him.
In His Service,
Dr Greg Neal