LET’S WELCOME

Faith United Church of Rockwell, IA, a former United Methodist Church, voted in September
2023 to disaffiliate with the United Methodist Church. The Rockwell church looked at 6
denominations or networks and approved affiliation with Open Bible Churches on March 17,
2024. Special thanks to Pastors Will Hunsaker and Adam Henaman from Clear Lake Open Bible
who initially met with them to discuss Open Bible Churches. Then at the end of November,
Central Region leaders and Clear Lake Open Bible leaders met with the church to answer more
questions. Also, appreciation is extended to Pastors Eric and Shenna Pluff, from Clear Lake
Open Bible Church, who have been instrumental in assisting Faith United Church with pulpit
supply during the affiliation process and now the pastor search. We extend a warm welcome to
our newest Open Bible Church in Rockwell, IA!

Rockwell Facility

Rockwell Council Members

Open Bible Central Staff

Our Open Bible Central staff is spending a couple of days together at our Des Moines, IA office for team building and collaboration. We welcome our newest staff – Terry Dreyer, Church Planting Director, and Skyler Sanford, Next Generation Director! We are happy to serve the churches and leaders of Open Bible Central.

Kim Veenstra, Robin & Bruce Pfadenhauer, Skyler Sanford, and Terry Dreyer

SENIOR PASTOR Searches

Chippewa Falls, WI– New Life Open Bible Church

Winfield, IA– Church of the Open Bible

CONGRATULATIONS

Pastors Michael and Teya McDougal, pastors of Shalom Hill in Richfield, MN, announced the adoption of Mylah McDougal on February 29, 2024. Congratulations!

Pastor Crystal Neubauer, staff pastor at First Church in Ottumwa, IA, announced the adoption of Trenton Eugene Neubauer on February 28, 2024. Congratulations!

Pastor Jim and Sharon Brewer were honored for their years of ministry on Sunday, March 3, 2024 as they retired from the senior pastor role at Hope Church in Bentonville, AR.

Pastors Will and Joyce Hunsaker were honored for their years of ministry on Sunday, March 3, 2024 as they retired from the senior pastor role at Open Bible Church in Clear Lake, IA.

COMFORT

Rev. Lowell Simmons, credentialed minister with Open Bible Churches since 1959, passed from this life to his eternal home on March 15, 2024. Brother Simmons pastored Open Bible churches in Oskaloosa, Mt. Pleasant, Albia, and Bethel in Des Moines, IA and served as Dean of Students and Professor of History and Old Testament studies at Open Bible College as well.  Here is a link to his obituary