Bernie was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. When he was 8 years old, he was invited to weekly kids Bible study in the home of Homer and Irma Mayers. He eventually became a Christ follower and, after college, moved to Cedar Rapids, IA in 1978. He received his degree in Electrical Engineering Technology – Aviation from LeTourneau in Longview, TX. Over the years, Bernie has been involved in several Christians organizations. He is the President of Solid Rock Ministries and Solid Rock Productions, has served as Board President and currently is a Board Member of Bridgehaven Pregnancy Support Center, a Board Member of Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition, a Financial Supporter of Concerned Women for America and Focus on the Family. Besides being an Elder at Noelridge, he is an Awana Leader, and a member of the Worship Team. He has been married to his wife Nancy since 1999 and together they have 3 daughters and 5 grandkids.
Ben was born and raised in Chicago. At the age of seven years old he was invited to go to a Sunday School at a Baptist church and about three years later prayed to receive Jesus into his life. Ben went on to graduate from De Paul University in Chicago with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce degree and a major in accounting. A few years later, Ben enrolled at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota where he met his wife, Carol, and eventually received a Masters of Divinity degree. Ben also received his Doctor of Missiology degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.Upon graduating from Bethel Seminary Ben and Carol took their first ministry opportunity in the city of Los Angeles where he was the youth director at the Baldwin Hills Baptist Church. Ben worked for about three years with youth straight off the streets of Los Angeles. It was in 1968 that Ben and Carol applied to the mission board of the Baptist General Conference and were appointed to Brazil. They served for almost 24 years in Brazil before resigning to help both Ben and Carol’s mothers through some difficult times. After pastoring the Fellowship Baptist Church in Carlisle, Iowa for about two and a half years they were reassigned to Brazil where they continued until retirement in 2001.While in Brazil Ben and Carol were involved in evangelism, helping pastorless churches, directing a Bible School for one year, directing a seminary for three years, helping start new churches and mostly preparing Brazilians for cross-cultural ministries. Ben and Carol were married in 1964 and have four daughters, 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.