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Our Elders:

Biblically, the focal point of all church leadership is the elder. An elder is one of a plurality of biblically qualified men who jointly shepherd and oversee a local body of believers. The consistent pattern throughout the New Testament is that each local body of believers is shepherded by a plurality of God-ordained elders. At Berean Covenant, we are led by a plurality of elders who are equal in position, and whose decisions are made by unanimous consent.

J.W. NORMAN

Staff Pastor of Preaching & Teaching

James W. (J.W.) Norman III serves as an elder and the Staff Pastor of Preaching & Teaching at Berean Covenant Church in Midland, Georgia. In addition to preaching and teaching, he counsels through the church’s biblical counseling ministry. J.W.’s degrees include a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling from The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, California, a Master of Business Administration from Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia, and a Bachelor of Business in Marketing from Columbus State University. He is a member of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) and is a certified instructor for Precept Ministries International.

J.W. resides in the suburbs north of Columbus, Georgia, where he was born and raised. He taught Sunday School and Bible studies, participated in various church music capacities, and served in many church leadership roles beginning in his late teen years. He began preaching part-time in 2001 and became a lay elder in 2003. He has been a full-time pastor since 2011. He is passionate about biblical exposition (verse-by-verse instruction) and is currently preaching through the book of Acts. Since 2001, He has taught over twenty inductive Bible study courses written and distributed by Precept Ministries International, including the books of Romans, Revelation, Hebrews, and most recently, Ezra. The Lord has given him a burden for those who are religious, but not genuinely converted, and for believers who are not consistently studying His Word on their own.
Prior to full-time ministry, J.W. worked for one of the world’s largest electronic payment processing companies, TSYS, Inc., for nineteen years. His responsibilities as Director of Instructional Technologies involved managing a team of instructional designers, videographers, and web designers. In 2006, he received The President’s Circle award, the company’s highest employee recognition. He also served for five years as a facilitator for the company’s behavioral skills and leadership training program. J.W. married his wife, Trudi, in 1994, and they are founding members of Berean Covenant Church. Trudi teaches private piano lessons and serves the church as pianist and inductive Bible study teacher for ladies and children.

J.W. NORMAN

Staff Pastor of Preaching
& Teaching

James W. (J.W.) Norman III serves as an elder and the Staff Pastor of Preaching & Teaching at Berean Covenant Church in Midland, Georgia. In addition to preaching and teaching, he counsels through the church’s biblical counseling ministry. J.W.’s degrees include a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling from The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, California, a Master of Business Administration from Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia, and a Bachelor of Business in Marketing from Columbus State University. He is a member of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) and is a certified instructor for Precept Ministries International.

J.W. resides in the suburbs north of Columbus, Georgia, where he was born and raised. He taught Sunday School and Bible studies, participated in various church music capacities, and served in many church leadership roles beginning in his late teen years. He began preaching part-time in 2001 and became a lay elder in 2003. He has been a full-time pastor since 2011. He is passionate about biblical exposition (verse-by-verse instruction) and is currently preaching through the book of Acts. Since 2001, He has taught over twenty inductive Bible study courses written and distributed by Precept Ministries International, including the books of Romans, Revelation, Hebrews, and most recently, Ezra. The Lord has given him a burden for those who are religious, but not genuinely converted, and for believers who are not consistently studying His Word on their own.
Prior to full-time ministry, J.W. worked for one of the world’s largest electronic payment processing companies, TSYS, Inc., for nineteen years. His responsibilities as Director of Instructional Technologies involved managing a team of instructional designers, videographers, and web designers. In 2006, he received The President’s Circle award, the company’s highest employee recognition. He also served for five years as a facilitator for the company’s behavioral skills and leadership training program. J.W. married his wife, Trudi, in 1994, and they are founding members of Berean Covenant Church. Trudi teaches private piano lessons and serves the church as pianist and inductive Bible study teacher for ladies and children.

Cheyne McLean

Staff Pastor of Counseling
& Pastoral Care

Email: cheyne@bereancovenant.com

Cheyne McLean serves as an elder and Staff Pastor of Counseling and Pastoral Care. He was raised in Phenix City, Alabama, currently resides in Ellerslie, Georgia and has been a member of Berean Covenant Church since 2010. His degrees include a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling from The Master's University in Santa Clarita, California, and a Bachelor of Science in Geomatics from Troy University in Troy, Alabama. He is certified with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC), and is a certified instructor for Precept Ministries International. His primary focus is with the counseling ministry but he also assists with preaching and teaching.

In addition to his part-time duties at Berean Covenant, Cheyne has worked in the land surveying and engineering industry since 2003. He is currently part owner of Adams & McLean, LLC. Cheyne has been married to his wife Teresa since 2008 and they have 4 daughters: Kinsley, Maddelyn, Mallory, and Laina.