Pastors and Elders
Patrice Berger : pastor of the Action Biblique Lausanne-Renens church since 2016.
Start of service: His desire to serve God began as a teenager with young people and in particular with the Jeunesse Action Biblique (JAB) or literally the Action Biblique Youth: https://jabsuisseromande.ch ; https://jabfrance.com
Training: This commitment showed him the need for theological training, something he was able to achieve at the Geneva Biblical Institute from 1999-2004
2000-2002 stage Église Évangélique de Wittenheim, Alsace, France https://eglise-evangelique-wittenheim.org
2002-2004 stage Église Évangélique de l’Action Biblique du pays de Montbéliard à Étupes, Franche-Comté, France https://ab-etupes.org.
This last stage became the occasion to stay and serve as pastor until 2017.
At the same time, Patrice always remains close to Bible teaching for young people.
Since 2000, he has been the editor-in-chief of the editorial journal TA JEUNESSE He wrote two books for young people: “1 minute for your faith” (2 volumes) with the editions of the Maison de la Bible. He participates in the drafting of other works such as “Bible Express” collective work, with the Maison de la Bible and “L’Ecclésiaste, Vivre avec sagesse” book written by his friend Woody Lewis to Éditions Clé (also forthcoming, a commentary on the Song of Songs).
Since 2018, Patrice teaches at l’Institut Biblique de Genève, hermeneutics https://www.ibg.cc
“Orateur Marcheur” (Walking/Preaching) :
Since 2000, he participates in the retreats of “Joyful Walkers” in France (Vosges, Cévennes etc.)
Favorite Verse : For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. (John 1.17)
His motto: You are never safe from a good surprise
Paul Yersin : Elder and President of Action Biblique Suisse
For more than 40 years, Paul Yersin has been a member of the Action Biblique Church of Lausanne-Renens. He had a teaching career in the public school of the canton of Vaud. In 1982, he took a sabbatical year to study at the Geneva Biblical School, currently the Geneva Biblical Institute. This year allowed him to deepen his knowledge of the Bible. Thereafter, he volunteers in various activities of the church. In 2000, he was asked to take more responsibility. He accepts the position of Elder, which will be renewed several times.
A retired teacher since August 2016, he accepts to join the Committee of the Association of Evangelical Churches of Biblical Action in Switzerland. He accepts the presidency of the Association in 2019.
These words of Jesus have always touched him: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matt 11:28 Life is not a long calm river, there are sometimes difficulties: It can range from simple incomprehension to conflict or even from illness to the loss of a loved one In all circumstances, God wants us to rely on Him with confidence.
This quote from Martin Luther King inspires him: “We must learn to live together as brothers, otherwise we will all die together like fools.” In the church, as in our society, living together in mutual respect is a real challenge. It is a challenge that God with His support asks us to meet: “Support one another, and, if one has to complain about the other, forgive each other. As Christ forgave you, so forgive yourself. “