Welcome to Weed Berean Church

The fellowship at Weed Berean Church is built upon a solid biblical foundation and has always placed special emphasis on the authority of Scripture, the supremacy of Jesus Christ, and the importance of advancing the gospel through personal relationships, church planting, and world missions. We are happy you stopped by to visit our site, please browse around and view our statement of faith. If you have any questions please fill out our contact form with your questions or comments.

Our Lead Pastor

Pastor William Hofer has taught in the local churches for over 40 years and with his education and formal training in the disciplines of theology, bibliology and history he can bring understanding and insight on the Bible as a whole and difficult Bible passages and theological topics. He and wife Julie have been married 44 years, raised six children, and have eight grandchildren.

Why We Exist

The purpose of Weed Berean Church is to build up believers in their faith and knowledge of the Bible and Jesus; strengthen families, and declare the Gospel to the world around us.

What We Intend to Do

Our vision is to establish a faithful and loving Church ministering to a diverse South Syskiyou County through our commitment to the "Great Commandment"" and the "Great Commission."

How We Intend to Do It

At Weed Berean Church all our activities and ministry are focused around six essential core values including Evangelism; Discipleship; Fellowship; Missions; Worship and Prayer.

History of Berean Fellowships

On Sunday, August 21, 1932, thirteen people gathered in a North Platte, Nebraska home. They came not to start a movement that would have a worldwide impact but to pray together and hear teaching from the Bible. God caused the group to grow as many people in the community placed their faith in Jesus Christ. Initially known as the the "Church of the Open Bible," in 1935, the fledgling congregation found a more fitting name as "The Berean Fundamental Church." Though the word "fundamental" has since lost favor in our culture, to those founding families it had a wonderfully simple depth of meaning: it was based on the "fundamentals" of the Christian faith.

Reverend Cliff Gustafson and his wife Ruth, along with their four children were chosen to lead the Weed congregation. This fledgling congregation led to what today we know as Weed Berean Church

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Reverend Cliff Gustafson and his wife Ruth

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Pastor Gerry Sprunger with his wife Ruth.

In 1970, the small congregation of 28 attendees welcomed Pastor Gerry Sprunger, his wife Ruth, and their five children from McCook, Nebraska. Faithfully serving WBC for 25 years, Sprunger oversaw numerous building and property improvements that included an upstairs addition, steeple, and chalet.

You might be asking, "What does Berean mean?" The word actually comes from Acts 17:11 in the Bible. It says the Bereans were "noble" because they searched the Scriptures to see if what they were being told about Jesus was true. We want to be the same kind of people who search God's Word, the Bible, to know the truth.

From the simple beginning of the small group in North Platte, God sparked a movement that, within a few years, grew from town to town across Nebraska and into the surrounding states. Today, the Berean Fellowship comprises of 60 churches throughout the states of: California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky and one in Canada.

Using salvage lumber from the Weed Grammar School, construction of the church basement, which was completed in 1962. The new construction housed a kitchen and restrooms, baptistery and Sunday School classrooms.

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Getting salvaged lumber from the Weed Grammar School.

Our Six Purposes: The Great Commission
"And Jesus came and said to them, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.'"
Matthew 28:16-20 (ESV)

Where We Are Today

WBC New Building Off Hwy 97.
WBC's New Facility Located Off HWY 97 in Weed, CA.

The congregation met in the lower level of the church until the sanctuary was completed in 1963. In 2007, WBC received a donation of 10.7 acres of land located on Highway 97 with the desire to have a facility that would maximize ministry and accessibility for children, the elderly, and disabled in the community.

As the congregation sought to build a debt free facility, WBC remained committed to it’s vision of “A faithful and loving church ministering to a diverse South Siskiyou County by a commitment to the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.” We praise the Lord for His perfect timing and provision of resources for these many years. To God be the glory!