Donnie and Rebecca Berry

Training Leaders International

Donnie and Rebecca Berry and childrenDonnie and Rebecca Berry are preparing to be sent out from Christian Fellowship as Missionaries with Training Leaders International (TLI). 85% of evangelical churches around the world are led by pastors with no formal theological training. TLI exists to meet this need, strengthening the global church by providing biblical and theological instruction and discipleship to pastors and church leaders in places where there is little or no access to such training.

Donnie will serve as an International Trainer/New Testament Specialist with TLI. TLI currently partners with six schools or training institutes located on four different continents, and Donnie will be traveling to these schools throughout the year to teach and equip pastors. The Berrys will be living in Minneapolis where Training Leaders International is based.

How to Partner with the Berrys

Donnie and Rebecca would love to tell you more about what they’ll be doing with TLI and how you can be part of their support team. Text or email Donnie to set up a time to meet (in person, on Zoom, or by phone).

Donnie’s Contact Information:
Cell #: (573)673-1274;
Email: dberry@christianfellowship.com

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Our Story

Our story of getting to serve the global church through training pastors and leaders is over 16 years in the making. After graduating from college at Mizzou, I did a one-year ministry internship at Christian Fellowship. At the end of that year (June of 2004) we traveled to Guatemala on a medical mission trip to ASELSI where we met John and Sharon Harvey, long-time missionaries of Christian Fellowship. During the trip, I got to travel with John Harvey into the mountains to one of the extension sites where John was training and teaching pastors, and I went to a graduation for pastors who had been part of the training institute. The vision for serving pastors and leaders internationally captured our hearts and we felt it was something we could give our lives to. A seed had been planted in us.

Four years later (in 2008), I finished my seminary degree in Louisville, KY and we returned to Columbia and to our Christian Fellowship family. I joined the pastoral team and also worked toward a doctoral degree in Biblical Studies/New Testament. In 2012 Rebecca and I had the opportunity to travel with Training Leaders International to a school in Uganda where I got to teach a group of pastors and ministry leaders for two weeks. We loved getting know and encourage these leaders, and we were inspired by their hunger for God’s word and their desire to see their nation impacted by the gospel. Once more, the incredible ministry of serving and strengthening pastors and leaders around the world grabbed our hearts, and we wondered where this might lead us someday.

Fast forward 8 more years to 2020. Rebecca and I learned that TLI was looking for someone with a New Testament degree to join their team of International Trainers. We began praying about this, and the seed that had been planted in Guatemala many years before began to grow in our hearts again.

While visiting TLI as part of the interview process, we got to hear stories from some of the pastors TLI is working with. They told about how their lives are being transformed and the impact this is having on their families and their ministries. Once more, our hearts were captured by the huge need for pastoral training and discipleship and the strengthening effect this can have on the global church. After praying and seeking God’s will together and with the Christian Fellowship pastors, along with many others in the church, it became clear that God was calling our family to be part of the ministry of TLI, serving pastors and leaders around the world.

We are excited about what God is doing at Christian Fellowship and for the things that are in his heart for CF’s future. And we are honored to be part of the “launching” that God has been speaking over CF as we build a new church building that will serve as a launching pad to impact our community and the world. God is bringing to pass what he put in our hearts on a mission trip with CF in 2004. And now, in partnership with our CF family, we get to help meet the huge need that exists for biblical and theological training among pastors and leaders around the world. God is writing a good story. We’re thankful to be part of it with you.