About BEA


Vision:  BEA Ministries desires to be an organization that glorifies God by following Him in every area of our operations and trusting Him for our future.

Mission:  BEA Ministries exists to “come along-side” missionaries with a specific vision for their ministry.  Most of our missionaries work with or assist foreign Christian organizations.

Objective:  BEA Ministries seeks dedicated men and women who have a heart to serve the LORD with their talents and skills.

Brief History:  BEA Ministries has been in existence for over 40 years and was started by missionaries.  We are a USA nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with an annual review by a local independent CPA firm.

Description:  BEA Ministries missionaries work primarily in the country of Brazil.  However some travel to other countries like Bolivia and Honduras to bring expertise and support with short-term projects.  Our missionaries are teachers, pastors, social workers in orphanages and technicians in radio and media.

Policy:  BEA Ministries desires to remain a low overhead organization and only 5% of donations are used for administrative costs.  Special project donations are not assessed any administrative cost.


Executive Director: Dan Sterkenburg  (937) 249-0657  dan@beaministries.com

Home Office: Lynn Sterkenburg  (937) 249-0657  lynn@beaministries.com

Executive Director Emeritus: Keith Britton  (937) 631-1099  keith@beaministries.com

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.





These talented and dedicated men are currently serving as our Board of Directors.

David SALYER, President
David has been our president since 2003 and a board member since 1997. He is a practicing attorney in Dayton, Ohio. David, Faith (wife) and family are members of FairCreek Church in Fairborn, Ohio.

Mark COMBS, Vice President
Mark has served on our board since 1997. He is a high school teacher, coach and pastor. Mark, Chris (wife) and family are members of Calvary Grace Brethern Church in Kettering, Ohio, where he pastors.

Paul GATHANY, Secretary
Paul has been on our board since 1990. He retired from his position as General Manager at CDR Radio, 90.3 FM, in Cedarville, Ohio where he served for 40 years. Paul and Marceil (wife) are members of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Springfield, Ohio.

Paul McNIEL, Treasurer
Paul has been on the board since 2002. He is a Certified Public Accountant and works as the CFO for a local corporation. Paul, Suzanne (wife) and family are members of Patterson Park Church in Beavercreek, Ohio.

Dan STERKENBURG, Executive Director
Dan is the current executive director of BEA Ministries and has been a member since 1990. He currently is an Associate Professor of Business at Cedarville University. He and his wife Lynn assist with the home office operations in Xenia, Ohio and also attend Patterson Park Church.

Keith BRITTON, Board Member
Keith served as BEA’s executive director from 1979 to 2014. He and Lois Jean (deceased) were the home office for most of the history of BEA. Keith is a member of Grace Bible Church in Springfield, Ohio.



The Beginning:  BEA Ministries (Brazilian Evangelistic Association) was organized in 1969 as an evangelical organization using modern technology to communicate the gospel message of Jesus Christ.  Missionaries to Brazil, Jack Moore, Lou Knowlton and Walter Kaschel (Brazilian evangelist) formed a Brazilian organization called ABRASE – Associacao Brasileira de Evangelizacao (Brazilian Evangelistic Association or BEA).  They also organized a mission agency and board in the United States and named the organization BEA – Brazilian Evangelistic Association.

The Early Years:  The BEA board in the USA was comprised of Ed Kuhns, Bill Jacox, James Troxel and Frank Miller. Ken and Karen Anderson who had worked for many years at WEEC 100.7 FM in Springfield, Ohio went to Brazil to assist as a technician in the recording studio.  The ministry focus was evangelism but soon the missionaries determined that media was needed to help with this effort. With this idea in mind, a new division was created in 1972 to focus on technical and audio-visual production: Comunicaçãoes Evangélicas – COMEV (Evangelical Communications). Lou Knowlton started a recording studio in a room in the back of Calvary International Church. His wife, Mary taught history at the missionary school PACA – Pan American Christian Academy.

This studio was used to translate and dub into Portuguese 16mm Christian films like Moody Science films.  Cullen Rast was a missionary with PTL (Pocket Testament League) in Brazil and had a passion for using films as an evangelistic tool.  He lived next door to Lou Knowlton and together they formed a strategy for producing, renting or selling USA Christian films in Portuguese.  Cullen soon joined BEA as a missionary.  His wife, Janet, was a math and science high school teacher at PACA – Pan American Christian Academy.




We believe in the plenary (all its parts), verbal (as to the very words), inspiration of the Old & New Testament. II Tim 3:16,17; II Peter 1:19-21

We believe in one God, eternally existent in three Persons, Creator of all things. Gen 1:1,26; Prov 30:4; Mark 12:29; Matt 28:19

We believe in the Deity of Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, sinless life, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, intercessions and imminent bodily return. Matt 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-35

We believe in the Holy Spirit, in His regenerating power, indwells believers enabling them to live the consecrated, victorious life. Ps 139:7-12; John 14:16,17; 16:13,14

We believe in the total depravity of mankind. Rom 3:23; 5:12

We believe in salvation by faith alone in Christ’s atoning blood. Acts 13:39; 16:31; Rom 3:21-28

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the saved for judgement and eternal life with Christ, and the resurrection of the lost for judgement and eternal, conscious punishment in hell. John 5:28,29; Rev 20:6,11-15