Lead Pastor


Pastor Lamar has been lead pastor at Berachah since 1997. He is a graduate of Miami University and received his Masters of Divinity from Mid America Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Maryanne, along with their two children, Luke and Elley, stay very active in their service to the church and our community. Lamar has a heart to serve, shepherd, and love people in his path. One of his ministries beyond the walls of Berachah is serving as lead chaplain for the Divisions of Police and Fire in Middletown. For pure enjoyment, you may find him golfing, jet skiing, or watching a football game.

Missions Pastor

Pastor Brian was a part of Berachah for fourteen years before he recently became the Missions Pastor. He graduated from Miami University with an Education Degree and from Trinity Baptist College with a BA in Church Ministries. He has a passion to teach and mentor young married couples.

He and his wife, Cona, are blessed to have 5 sons. Brian enjoys being in the outdoors. Some of his favorite things to do are boating, hiking, and playing Frisbee golf with his kids.

Pastor of Leadership Development

Pastor Jim.....

Director of Worship & Student Ministries

Elijah Smoot is a pianist and vocalist from Great Mills, Maryland. He attended Champion Christian College in Hot Springs, Arkansas, where he graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Worship Leadership and Music Performance.

Elijah has been practicing the art of music for twelve years and has served in ministry his whole life. He has a passion to reach young people for Christ.

Elijah and his wife, Christy, have one son, Maxwell. Elijah loves playing sports, listening to music, and spending time with his family.

Executive Assistant to the Lead Pastor

Administrative Director

Financial Director

Communications DIrector / Men's Ministry Leader

Women's Ministry Leader

Children's Ministry Director

Nursery Ministry Director

Head of Security

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