Our Pastors

Paul Knott

Senior Pastor


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Paul Knott came to serve as Sr. Pastor of Hastings Berean in September of 2002 after serving over twelve years as pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Newman Grove, Nebraska. Prior to that he worked for over thirteen years in management for a manufacturing firm in Denver. A Colorado native, he received his Bible training at Biola College and has devoted most of his adult life to preaching, teaching, and church leadership. He continues to have a passion for teaching God’s Word and encouraging people in their walk with the Lord. Paul and his wife Betty are the parents of five children and 11 grandchildren. They enjoy motorcycle riding, running, camping, hiking, reading, and spending time with family.

Matthew Brooks

Associate Pastor


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Matthew joined the ministry team at Berean Bible in September of 2016. He and his wife Emily grew up in Roseville, CA where they were both active in ministry at Hillcrest Church. They moved to Portland, OR in 2005 where Matthew attended Multnomah Biblical Seminary while Emily taught High School Spanish. After completing his Masters of Divinity Matthew served as Pastor of Faith Bible Church in Willows, CA. Matthew is passionate about humility, Christian unity, life-long learning, and scripture. Matthew and Emily have three children, Naomi (born in 2008), Eli (born in 2011) and Caleb (born in 2012). The Brooks family enjoys reading, board games, silly fun, and going on adventures together.

Sonny Birnie

Youth Pastor


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Sonny Birnie began serving as the Youth Pastor in March of 2012. He is also a mechanic at the local Ford garage. Sonny has been involved in different youth ministries in the area since 2008. He also is attending Eternity Bible College on line to be better equipped to serve the Lord. Sonny is passionate about seeing youth walk with the Lord and building a good foundation in the Word of God. He is married to his wife Kristen and they have 3 children. They had a daughter Jordyn, who came into this world resting. Praise be to God, she is in Heaven already! The Lord has blessed them with a son, Josiah and daughter Taylor.

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Our Staff

Natalie Beach

Church Administrator

Natalie grew up at HBBC and is thrilled to work with and serve it's amazing staff and congregation. When not in the office, you can find her running, training her dogs, or spending time with her family and sipping coffee.

Jacky Carnahan

Worship Leader

Jacky has been leading worship at HBBC since 2013.  Originally from Wyoming, she came to Hastings to study biology at Hastings College, then returned shortly after graduation to work in a molecular genomics lab for the USDA. While living at home between graduation and finding a "real job", Jacky served her home church by helping with both the youth and worship ministries.  It was during this time that God gave her a true passion for worshiping Him and encouraging others to seek Him out. A firm believer that worship is so much more than music, Jacky is always looking for new ways to encourage others to spend time face to face with God in a corporate worship setting.

Megan Schneider

Children’s Ministry Coordinator

Megan has attended HBBC since moving to the Hastings area in 2013. She loves spending time with her two young children and husband, Kevin. While volunteering with Child Evangelism Fellowship as a teen, she experienced the refreshing openness of a child’s heart towards Christ and realized the opportunity a child has for rapid and effective growth in the Spirit. She continues to try to seize this valuable time in a child’s life while working with the children of Berean.

Our Elders

Bob Horton


Bob and Donna Horton are long time members of HBBC. Donna provides leadership to ladies’ ministry and has helped with AWANA for over 40 years. In addition to serving as an Elder Bob is part of the ushering and greeting team and leads a Life Group. Bob and Donna especially appreciate the burden Hastings Berean has for the lost, both at home, and around the world.

Adam Jacobus


Adam and Adrienne have been attending HBBC since they moved to Hastings in 2011. They were looking for a church that would serve their family. Their boys fell in love with a church that was smaller, quieter, and gave them an opportunity to learn, as well as feeling mature in the aspect of participating in a family wide worship service. They love the warmth and genuineness and the multi-generational family dynamic of Hastings Berean. They are glad to be able to serve in many different roles.

Lee Johnson


Lee and his wife, Linda, have three married children and 11 grandchildren. Lee is a lifetime farmer near Fairfield, NE, and enjoys hunting, fishing, and sports. His passions include missions ministry, both foreign and local, and hospitality outreach.

David Nervig


Dave and his wife Janice have attended Berean for the past 19 years. It was the Bible based teaching and friendly,welcoming attitude of the Church which appealed to them when they moved to Hastings . They also wanted their 2 children to be involved in the AWANA program. Dave has served as AWANA Commander in the past and has been on the Elder Board for 8 years. Janice has been involved in the Ladies Ministry Team and AWANA.

Our Deacons

Jeremy Bell


Jeremy and his wife, Liz, are raising three children together. He loves the closeness of the community at HBBC. Jeremy became a Deacon in 2016. He is excited to be learning what it means to be a leader in the church.

Larry Schneider


Larry and his wife, Katheryn have attended Berean since 1992, with Larry serving as a deacon for most of those years. They have been blessed with 3 sons, their spouses and 10 grandchildren, who also attend Berean. Larry considers it a blessing to serve a congregation of people he views as a part of his extended family.

Dale Kreutz


Dale & Kellie Kreutz

Our Ministry Leaders

Tony Herrman

Awana Commander

Willis Gabbert

Senior’s Ministry

Dave Zach

College Ministry

Janice Nervig

Women’s Ministry

Adam Jacobus

Men’s Ministry

Lee Johnson

Missions Ministry