Bernie & Linda are the founders of Great Commission Families, a Washington, D.C. area family ministry helping families "take steps of faith toward greater involvement in the Great Commission." Prior to Great Commission Families, Bernie & Linda were on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ for 23 years. Today, a big part of their ministry is creating family friendly evangelistic outings by giving Christian heritage tours in the D.C./Baltimore/Annapolis area, including at the local major Civil War battlefields (Gettysburg, Antietam, Manassas, Harpers Ferry & Monocacy).
The Beall's believe that every Christian family has three mission fields. The first is under their own roof, the second is where they already live by reaching out together as a family, the third is wherever in the world the Lord might take them, and the sequence is crucial! In addition, they are strong advocates for family missions. "Don't send your children, take your children!"
Bernie & Linda began homeschooling in 1989 and have homeschooled all four of their children, including two of them through college. After an amazing courtship experience, their oldest son married a wonderful young lady who has family roots in northern Illinois! The Beall’s now have four grandchildren and live in Brunswick, Maryland, not far from where Bernie grew up on his family's dairy farm.