- Dr. Rob RenbergLead Pastor
- Steve CarlsonAssc. Pastor of Family Ministries
- Rachel MannSecretary
- Robert ReeseWorship Director
Lead Pastor, Dr. Rob Renberg is more excited about the grand life-giving, world-transforming potential of the Church than ever before in his 30+ years of ministry, having pastored churches in 4 different states and now since 2016 at Berean Church in Norton Shores
Pastor Rob has been married to Amy for 31 years and they have four grown children, and is known as “Baba” (Swahili for Grandpa) to their 5 grandchildren. He has been an adjunct professor at Grace Bible College in Grand Rapids since he received his Ph.D. (in Pulpit Communication and Expository Preaching) in 2005 from Trinity Theological Seminary. He has also served the past 20 years on the board of Grace Ministries International, a missionary sending organization and has traveled to Africa 6 different times as well as Central America as a guest preacher and teacher and ministry equipper for National Pastors. Most recently, in 2017, he traveled to Tanzania to help facilitate and develop the mission and vision of the Grace churches in that country.
He loves outdoor activities, including golf, hunting, and taking the 5 minute walk over the dunes from their home to Lake Michigan to enjoy the sunrise/sunsets and gorgeous beach. His life verse is “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Phil.1:21). He is a positive, enthusiastic leader whose great joy and passion is to preach the Word of God rightly divided and point people to their identity and completeness in Christ and the victorious Christian life by the grace of God. The Bible comes alive as he preaches with practical and applicable truths for daily living.
Dr. Rob's Skills
Steve grew up at Berean in Muskegon as “the Pastor’s Kid”, as well as the only boy of 4 children (not to mention the youngest). He never cared much for church or for any “organized religion” growing up and on into his first couple years of college.
His god was basketball and a fast lifestyle. That was until a Sunday night in August of 1997. Steve was 24 years old, and that night he realized he was missing something. Everything that he tried on his own was failing, that there was an emptiness in his life. That “something” was God’s love and grace through a personal relationship with Jesus. On that late summer night, Steve gave his life to God.
He cried out to God and said, “Lord whatever you want from me, I am yours. I completely surrender my life to you!” That night Steve started his ‘ministry life’ by sharing his story with the college class that met on Sunday nights after church (he was invited by a few students who asked him lots of questions).
A year later he attended Liberty University where he went on to do Youth Ministry for the next 13 years. He then stepped away from ministry for a short season where he did social work with the state of Michigan. But then, through a series of God moments, Steve found his way back into ministry, and of all places back here at Berean Church as the Associate Pastor of Family Ministries.
Steve’s passion for God and for people is relentless. One of his greatest enjoyments is to be able to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with others and being able love people right where they are in life, with the same love and grace that Jesus has shown to him.
Steve is married to Amanda, and their 4 children are Isaac, Levi, Mia, and Xander. He loves to golf, fish, and spend time with his family outdoors camping and geocaching. And he has the gift of drinking copious amounts of coffee at any given time!
Pastor Steve's Skills
Hi, I am Rachel Mann! I was born in Fort Jackson, South Carolina and shortly after I was born we moved to Washington D.C. where my dad worked at the Pentagon. When I was 4 we headed back to Norton Shores and we have stayed here since! I graduated from Mona Shores High School. During high school I was involved in the Band & Choir Programs and played volleyball all 4 years. After I had my son, I decided to go back to college and I received my Associates Degree in Applied Science of Paralegal Studies. My most prized possessions in my life are my relationship with Jesus Christ and my son, Breton.
I knew that God had a perfect place in mind for me to work after I made my decision to step down from my old job. When I stopped working, I decided to stay at home with Breton for a few months until God opened the doors for me at Berean. I am so thankful to be working here in a Godly, positive, and caring atmosphere.