Our churches and families are in the preparation stage for celebrating Christmas – God sending His one and only Son to redeem and rescue people who need a Savior! Robin and I are praying that your celebrations are filled with His presence and a fresh revelation of His great love and mercy for all of mankind. May God give each of us divine appointments to share this good news with the people that cross our path.                          

Christmas Blessings,

Bruce & Robin Pfadenhauer

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NEWS FROM THE REGIONAL BOARD

We want to let you know that Kevin Starkey has resigned as Church Planting Director and Provost of Open Bible College and will be leaving our team after serving Open Bible Central for 10+ years. Kevin shares some parting words:

Dear Regional Pastors and Leaders,

I trust this message finds you well. It is with a mix of emotions that I convey my recent decision to resign from my roles within Central Region. Over the past decade, the journey of ministry alongside each of you has been a genuine joy. The myriad memories of summer camps, winter retreats, and leaders’ meetings as the Student Ministries Director are cherished. I consider it a profound privilege to have stood shoulder-to-shoulder with you on the front lines of next generation ministry.

In particular, my heart swells with gratitude for the opportunity to contribute to the multiplication efforts in recent years. Each church planter holds a special place in my heart, and witnessing your bravery in initiating new works has been truly inspiring.

A heartfelt thank you to Bruce and the board for entrusting me with what I consider the most incredible job in the world. The experience has been nothing short of extraordinary. As I embark on a new adventure, please know that each of you will remain in my thoughts and prayers.

 Best regards,

Kevin Starkey

We are grateful for all of the ways Kevin has served in his various capacities and we pray for God to direct Kevin’s steps as he leaves this assignment. If you need assistance regarding church planting or Open Bible College, please call the regional office at 515-282-6491.

Sincerely,

Central Region Board

2024 SUMMITS- AMPLIFIED AMBASSADORS!

On the even numbered years we bring a leadership discovery and discussion to every district in Open Bible Central. This year our theme is AMPLIFIED AMBASSADORS! We will bring a team of presenters to each district for a Saturday training event. Please choose one of our Summits, mark your calendar, and invite your leadership team to join you and be challenged in the area of evangelism. Come and learn with us as we dive in together!

January 27, 2024 – South District A

Arlington, TX

February 3, 2024 – Illinois/Wisconsin District

Belvidere, IL

February 17, 2024 – West Iowa District

Boone, IA

February 24, 2024 – South District B

Springfield, MO

March 2, 2024 – Southeast Iowa District

Pella, IA

March 16, 2024 – Northeast Iowa/Minnesota District

Waverly, IA

NEW STAFF HIRES – Federal Compliance Issue

Fed Rolls Out New Form I-9, Sunsets Key COVID-19 Deferment

All employers, including churches, are to begin using a new Form I-9 for new employees.  This article link gives you the details that need to be followed.

COMFORT

Richard (Dick) Kingery, brother of Rev. Jeff (Sheryl) Kingery of Cedar Rapids, IA, passed away on November 20, 2023 at the age of 77. Services will be held in Houston, TX at a later date.

CONGRATULATIONS

Rev. Caleb and Carrie Fritz, welcomed a new baby boy, Timothy, on October 6, 2023! Caleb and Carrie are both graduates from Open Bible College and are serving at First Church in Des Moines, IA. Congratulations!

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Convoy of Hope

As we continue to pray for the Nation of Israel and the innocent people impacted by this tragedy, we have the opportunity to help make a difference through our partnership with Convoy of Hope.

The devastation is widespread. Convoy is committed to helping as much as possible, distributing vital relief supplies and ensuring people’s basic needs are met as quickly as possible.

Convoy of Hope is responding to the conflict in the Middle East, working with multiple partners in the region to ensure devastated families receive vital relief supplies. Containers of diapers, clothing, and other supplies are en route to the region while hundreds of food kits are already being distributed.

Please prayerfully consider partnering with Open Bible and Convoy of Hope in sending relief to this devastated region.  Here is the link to help support their efforts.