Carl & Sarah Friedel


Our Lead Pastors Carl and Sarah Friedel are both ordained ministers with the Oregon Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God. They met as students of Bethany University in Scotts Valley, CA where they earned their Bachelors degrees in Church Leadership. They were married in 1996 and have served together in pastoral ministry and missions for over 27 years. Prior to coming to Berean they have served in staff roles as Youth and Children's Pastors, have been Lead Pastors in Northern California and in Northeast Arkansas, and have been full-time missionaries in Mexico.

In 2009 Carl earned a Masters degree in Ministry Leadership from Rockbridge Seminary.

Sarah earned a Teaching Credential in 2017 and besides serving in various capacities alongside Carl here at Berean, she teaches full-time at Mannahouse Christian High School in Eugene.

Carl and Sarah are the parents of four amazing people. The Friedel's moved to the Eugene/Springfield area in August of 2020 and they love this community.

Sarah Benson


Sarah Benson is our Next Gen. Director/ Outreach Coordinator. Sarah grew up at Berean and is a product of our Kids and Youth Ministries. Sarah and her husband JT live in Eugene and serve together at Berean. Sarah has a passion for kids and officially took the position of Kids Pastor in March of 2021. Sarah is currently working on her Bachelor's degree with the intent of focusing on Ministry to Families and Education. 

Wesley Dinoff

Associate Pastor

Wesley Dinoff is an Associate Pastor here at Berean. Wesley leads and serves to train volunteers in various areas of our church including Media Team, Hospitality Team and Facilities Team. Wesley was raised and discipled here at Berean. Wesley graduated from Northwest University with a Bachelor's degree in the Spring of 2023 and is credentialed with the Assemblies of God. Wesley loves the church and has a passion and a calling on his life to help the church accomplish its mission.. 

Lisa McDaniel 


Lisa McDaniel is our Bookkeeper. On top of her duties here at Berean, Lisa also works for the finance department of Thurston School District. Lisa began serving our finance department  beginning in January of 2021. Lisa has a BA degree in Accounting from U of O.

Lisa and her husband Shaun, who also has served on staff at Berean in many roles, have been married since 2008 and they have 2 fun and energetic daughters.  

Church Board

Berean is governed by a selected/elected Church Board from among its membership based on scriptural and church constitutional criteria. The Board is not a representative body of the membership, but rather a team which seeks to serve the church in support of collaborative vision and encouragement of the Pastoral Staff. Here is our current church board:

Rob Callahan - Church Board Member

Carl Friedel - Church Board Chairman/ Lead Pastor

Dave McDaniel - Church Board Member

Rae Ann Nichols- Church Board Member

Glory Philip - Church Board Member

Rachael Running - Church Board Secretary/ Treasurer