Meet The Team


Phil Howard


Phil Howard has been at Berea since September of 2014. He is originally from Louisiana where he graduated from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 2003. He served as a youth minister in various churches before coming to Berea. Pastor Phil is married to Mandy Howard and they have three children.

Ares Bisco



Ares Bisco is originally from the Philippines and grew up in Alameda, California.  Growing up in a minister’s home under the influence of his father, Ares became involved with nearly every aspect of church ministry at a very young age: music, youth, education, administration & custodial, senior adults, and outreach.  He has served in various churches as worship leader and in youth ministries prior to coming to Berea.

 Ares and his family moved to Virginia for his last military assignment in 2002, and joined Berea Baptist Church in October 2016.  Ares is married to Delia and they have three beautiful daughters, Rianna, Jessie, and Ally.  Favorite Verse:  May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.  Psalms 19:14

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Jeremy Meads


Jeremy Meads joined our staff in the Summer of 2019. He grew up right here in the Fredericksburg area. Before serving at Berea, Jeremy has served in many different places including Kentucky and Maryland. Jeremy first felt his calling to ministry while in school at James Madison University. He has a big heart for children and teenagers, and loves learning new things everyday. You can typically find Jeremy rooting for any sports team in Philadelphia!

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Amanda Howard


Mandy Howard joined our staff in 2016. She grew up in Springfield, Virginia and has lived up and down the East Coast. Mandy is married to Pastor Phil Howard and has 3 children. She serves alongside her husband here at Berea Baptist as Children's Minister. Amanda also works as a teacher for Stafford County Public Schools and volunteers as an Assistant Scout Master for a local BSA Troop.