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About us


Our mission at Berlin Center Church is to be faithful in seeking, knowing, loving, and serving Jesus Christ while leading others to experience the same. We love people and we love our community. This is a place to connect to God and each other.

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Our Vision

  • Faithfully LEARNING God's Word.


"You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work." 

2 Timothy 3:15-17

  • Actively LIVING Our Faith.

"And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect."

Romans 12:1-2

  • Compassionately LOVING Our Community and One Another.

"So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

John 13:34-35

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Pastor Fred Higgins, Lead Pastor

Pastor Fred is new to BCUMC, joining us on July 1, 2020. Pastor Fred and Susan have been married for 43 years. They have two adult children and one grandson. Daughter Evelyn, J.J., and grandson Miles, live in Solon. Son, James and Catie live in Akron. Pastor Fred has been a licensed local pastor now for 8 years. He attended Kent State University and is currently studying at Methodist Theological School in Ohio. He has served churches for 20 years throughout Northeast Ohio as a Lay Servant, providing pulpit supply preaching. Pastor Fred enjoys hiking, cycling, traveling and looks forward to spending time with Susan and their extended family. He says, “Serving God is the culmination of my life’s work and I look forward to this new journey.”


Josh Harbin, Youth Director

Josh has been serving in youth ministry for over 11 years, and has been faithfully serving as our youth director at Berlin Center Church for over 10 years. Josh and his wife Aleesha both have a passion and calling for ministry and love serving the Lord at Berlin Center Church. Josh enjoys hunting, fishing, playing music, good coffee, taking care of his saltwater fish tanks, and helping young people grow in their faith. He received a degree in Human Services from Kent State University. In addition to youth ministry, Josh and Aleesha also help lead our worship team and music ministry. 

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