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Erik Swanson

Senior Pastor

I was born and raised in Burbank, California and had some knowledge of the Bible growing up—my parents sent me to a Christian school and Christian day camp—but I was not a believer. It wasn’t until my first semester at UC Berkely in 2001 that God began to open my eyes. By His grace, seeing Christ’s work on the cross and that He died in my place, I repented and turned from my sins, and my life changed radically. I finished college, graduating with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2005, and shortly after graduation I married my beautiful bride, Angel. God has since blessed us with three children: Olivia, Noah, and Elijah.

As I grew in the Lord and began to teach others, I discerned the call of the Lord on my life to enter the ministry, and in 2006 I left the engineering world to enroll at The Master’s Seminary. In 2009 I graduated with a Masters of Divinity, and in 2011 I completed a Masters of Theology, also at TMS. In October of 2011, I accepted the call to pastor Berean Bible Church.

Email: erik@bereanbibleag.com

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Oliver Jones

Associate Pastor / Counselor

I am a graduate of The Master’s Seminary in Sun Valley, California on the campus of Grace Community Church, where I served as a Pastoral Assistant in Biblical Counseling. My wife Angela and I have been married for 16 years, and we met while I served as a Naval Officer in San Diego. All four of our children were born in Spokane, Washington, our hometown, and where I also owned a printing company for 10 years. The Jones family loves the outdoors, especially camping and water activities. We are thrilled to have joined Berean Bible in September 2017, and we presently live in Arroyo Grande.

Email: oliver@bereanbibleag.com

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Don Hanson

Elder

I was born in Fresno and had two faithful Christian parents. However, even as a child, I was sinful and I knew it. God used my mother to teach me that although she might not always know what I had done, but God always knew, and that my sin was ultimately against Him.

It wasn’t until I was 10 years old, listening to a Sunday-night sermon, by the gracious, regenerating work of the Holy Spirit, that I asked God to please forgive me. By faith I believed that Jesus was who He said He was, and that only His payment for my sins was sufficient to reconcile me to God. After more than 50 years as a believer, I can confidently say that, although I have not always been faithful to God, He has always been faithful to me.

I have been happily and thankfully married to my wife, Susan, for over 30 years, and we have four adult children: Felena, Peter, Matthew, and John. I have owned Hanson’s Flooring in Arroyo Grande for over 40 years, and I’ve served as an elder at Berean for over 20 years. I am so thankful to my Savior for the years He has given me here.

Email: elders@bereanbibleag.com

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Rod Morabito

Elder

I was born and raised in San Luis Obispo and married my bride, Mary Jane, in March 1969. We have four adult children, all of whom live on the Central Coast. I’m a small-business owner here in our area, and I have been serving our wonderful Lord at Berean as an elder since 1989.In 1968, while I was in the army at Ford Ord, California, my mother along with Mary Jane (my fiancée at the time) encouraged me to visit the chaplain. I didn’t really know why but I took their advice, and it was through that chaplain that God worked to bring me to Himself. Through Romans, the chaplain showed me that I was sinful, could not please God or earn my way to Him, and that salvation can only com

e through repentance and faith in Christ’s work on the cross. From that very moment I was a new creature, and by His grace I’ve followed Him ever since. My love for God grows each day, and my heart’s desire to help others come to know Him and learn to live in Him. He is my all!

Email: elders@bereanbibleag.com