Born in Vineland NJ, Pastor moved to Winter Haven Florida at the age of 9. He lived Polk County Florida until April 11th 2015 which is when he and his family moved to Rock Hill SC to start Faith Rising Community Church.
Graduate of the class of 1986 Winter Haven Senior High School
Associates of Divinity with Honors, The Baptist College of Florida 2015.
B.A. of Biblical Studies with Honors. The Baptist College of Florida 2020.
Pastor Berry is Currently working on his Ministry Studies at the Baptist College of Florida
The Call to the Ministry
In the early summer of 2012 Berry and Carol were sitting in church listening to a sermon about having guardrails in our lives and living a Christ centered life. It was during that service that Berry heard the call from God to go into the ministry. Berry had already been serving in the church on the worship team and Carol as well as their daughter Suzi were very busy with different areas of the church as well.But, God had other plans. He desired more out of The Chatas family.
God’s Calling to Rock hill, SC
It was in late July of 2014 when God spoke to Berry and Carol regarding where to go and what to do. They had gotten to a point of surrendering and said that they would go wherever God wanted them to go. Pastor and Carol had a very successful business in Winter Haven, Fl. that they needed to sell in order to go into the ministry full time. When they decided to follow God to Rock Hill, He (God) put everything into motion for the move. It was at friend of the Chatas’ home that it all came to play through a conversation with a pastor from Missouri. God would speak through this man in a way that would make it plain to see that God was beginning to open doors. (Isaiah 6:8) It was during this time that a buyer for the business had come forward. To the Chatas family not just anyone would do, but it had to be the perfect person to take over. Their son Steven would stay behind to work with the new owner and ensure his success and to keep the wonderful legacy they had created going. They began to take trips to visit the Rock Hill area and to meet people that would help them in this journey for FRCC. Their daughter Suzanne applied for Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC and was accepted into the elementary education program. These things that were put in motion from our Lord were only the beginning to what would become reality when Pastor and His Wife moved to Rock Hill on April 11, 2015. (Proverbs 3:5-6) They began right away to meet new people and develop healthy relationships to establish the core of what has been Faith Rising Community Church. They connected with Scott and Cindy Carroll of Outbreak Church who became their sending and sponsoring church along with the sponsorship of the Chatas’ home church in Florida; Heartland Church. The Chatas family started a Bible study in their home which Bob and Christa Knight joined which eventually became beloved friends and core team members. The Chatas Family is so blessed to know these wonderful people that God has teamed them up with and are both committed to take Rock Hill for the gospel of Jesus Christ. The sacrifices made from everyone is truly humbling and valued beyond what words could ever express.
Fast forward to 2021
After a pandemic that crippled the nation, FRCC stood the test of time by staying faithful to live life by FAITH and not by fear! On April1st 2021 FRCC moved into her permanent home at 434 Museum Road in Rock Hill SC. The church chose to develop a partnership with the York Baptist Association to share the building’s usage. This partnership has solidified a wonderful relationship between FRCC and the YBA. God has bless us all indeed!
The future as of 4.22.2021
The amazing growth that FRCC is experiencing is God’s doing and we know it! He holds the future! We will trust Him no matter what! As a church, we will continue to live out an ACTS 2 type of church, and be the hands and feet of Jesus! There is no limit to what He will do, and FRCC knows it!
March 22, 2023
FRCC has experienced a fresh wind of revival! God is moving on the people of God. The church continues to grow in numbers, but so much more importantly, the church has grown in maturity and the “closeness” of the Lord is a real and present experience.
The big thing we are praying for is a building or facility of our own. Our life at the YBA will be coming to a close in October. We believe that God is always working in the background and He is preparing a place for FRCC to call their home.
Pastor Berry is so blessed to have the addition of Pastor Jeff De Ruyscher, and Pastor Bob Knight in the ministry. The three of these pastors are like minded in the ministry and work to collaborate together.
God is doing a LOT!!! Praise Be to Jesus for all the things He is doing and what He is going to do…