Pastors & Staff

Derrick Lewright

Head Pastor

Pastor Derrick Lewright came to Berean Baptist Church in December of 2013. Pastor Lewright, along with his family, previously served as Baptist Bible Fellowship International missionaries to the country of Poland, from 2001-2013. In 1999 he earned a BA from Baptist Bible College in Springfield, MO, and in 2016 a master’s degree in marriage and family counseling through Liberty University.

Pastor Lewright grew up in Southwest Missouri, in the heart of the Ozark Mountains. It was there that he met and married his high school sweetheart, Amber, and as they say, the rest is history. The Lewrights love hiking, kayaking, gardening, and just about anything outdoors. Pastor Derrick also loves watching and playing basketball. 

Braden Jones

youth pastor/outreach coordinator

Braden Jones has been attending Berean Baptist Church since 2013. He spent several years volunteering with the youth ministry before being hired on in this position in February of 2019. In 2015, he received his BS degree in Christian Ministry from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, MO.

Braden's wife Vicki regularly helps control the chaos that is ministry. Their daughter Olivia often contributes to that chaos. Braden heads up the teen/student ministries, children's ministries, and nursery, as well as coordinating churchwide events.

dave perry

college/young professional mentor

Dave Perry with his wife Karri run the college/young professionals class here at Berean.

Barbara lingo

church secretary

Barbara Lingo makes sure everything runs smoothly on the administration side.