Our Ministry Staff

Senior Pastor (Elect)

Antonio Harris of Cincinnati, OH, formally Senior Pastor of Highland Avenue where he has served since 2014, comes to New Berean as its first elected pastor. Pastor “Tony” as he is fondly called, grew up under the preaching ministry of Civil Rights Founder Fred Shuttlesworth Sr. He fully surrendered his life to Christ at the age of 21 under the pastoral leadership of the late Pastor Leroy Ricks Sr. of New Berean Baptist Church, Portsmouth Virginia. Tony was baptized and served in various ministries at New Berean, including the Senior Saints, Adult Choir, and Youth Department. Tony received his call to preach in 1994 and was licensed to preach at New Berean Baptist Church in 1995.  Tony married the love of his life Samantha in 1992. Both are Navy Veterans of the Persian Gulf War era. Tony and Samantha have three children, Darius (US Navy) studying Sports Medicine, Jair, 1st grade teacher and recently licensed to the gospel ministry, and their daughter Destiny, who is a student at Liberty University; majoring in education and co-leads the Church’s Praise and worship team with their son Jair.

Interim Pastor

DeWayne Cason is currently serving as the Interim Pastor here at New Berean, an assignment he graciously accepted in 2020. Cason had previously served as New Berean’s the Youth Pastor. He has a BS in Engineering from North Carolina A & T and is a divinity school graduate of Christian Leaders College. In 1986, Cason was licensed to preach the gospel at Berean Bible Church, Ahoskie NC where he also served as Youth Pastor. He was saved in 1978 while a student at Tuskegee Institute, AL. He is married to Frieda (Williams), reside in Chesapeake and have three children, Shaun, Victoria and Alanna along with 4 wonderful grandchildren.

Deacon’s Ministry

Alvin Parker, Sr. currently serves as the Chair of the Deacon Ministry and Advisory Council. He also serves as Sunday School Superintendent and shares in the music ministry.

Sylvester Newby – Currently serves as a Deacon and Minister of Music

Anthony “Tony” Lawhorn

Curtis Jackson

Finance/Official Board/Facility

Finance/Treasurer – Leroy Ricks, Jr.

Trustee – Monique Jones

Trustee/Audio – Allen Mann

Trustee/Men’s Ministry – Steven Barnes

Trustee/Facilities Manager – Keith Lewis

Team Berea Ministry Leaders

Usher – Norris Bailey

Kitchen – Patricia Barnes

Youth/ Drama – Charmaine Downes

Clerk/Senior’s/ Prayer Warrior’s – Joan Jackson

Women’s – Antionette Lawhorn

Security – Don Parker

Beautification – Arlean Parker

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