We begun, in 2005, as 25 Members who were so identified as they were staying or living in locations beyond Skinner Street to Bosman Station.
Our first home was at Methodist church facilities at corner Visagie and Andries Streets. We were renting a small hall at the cost of R2000 per Sabbath session. This was very expensive. After worshiping for two Sabbaths we moved.
We began worshiping at Victoria Hotel on Paul Kruger street as it was very affordable. We worshipped here for about 3 months.
We then had a big Campaign in the city which lasted for 3 weeks at Pilditch Stadium in Pretoria West.
After the campaign, we struggled to find a venue for our branch to worship at. Then elder Hospa Sibanda organized the Founders High School venue for us by the Land Affairs buildings on Van der Walt st. We worshipped in a classroom on first floor before we moved to the ground floor.
Within 6 months of moving to founders we were then organized into a company. It was also about the same time elder Sibanda was nominated as the elder for Berea.
The youth group became very active and the numbers at Berea grew until we were organized into a church in September 2009. By that time we had moved into the hall on the same premise but close to the street due to huge attendance. Elder Khumbulani Mpofu was the first head elder when we were organized into a church.
At that time we called ourselves as Berea Park SDA Church. The current name we use was nicely adopted on the day of dedication as Pastor Ishmael acknowledged every nationality in the congregation by asking them to stand. That’s when he said the church should be called Berea International SDA Church, and indeed we gladly accepted it and it was so referred to since then.
In 2010 the school we were renting from moved to another venue on 46 Railway St, Pretoria. We could not stay since the department of Land Affairs was taking over the building. As we had good relations with the school, we decided to move with them.
We have been worshipping at Founders School ever since. During that time, we have been raising money to buy a building of our own. We tried, for time, to buy some buildings within Berea and Pretoria Central Area. The buildings were costing in the range of R7 million to R20 million. This was far beyond what we could afford, though the buildings were worth there value.
Then finally, God answered our prayers. A church building was being sold at very affordable price about 10 km from us. However, we missed the opportunity to buy due to delayment in approving the offer to purchase.
Another building was Identified in Gezina. Due to the poor quality of the buiding, we voted against buying it.
Finally, in 2017, we purchased a church building in Silverton.