It has been exciting to begin getting acquainted with all of our church planters in Central Region since I began serving in January 2024. Our current planters are:
Kyle & Kathy Asp Open Bible Church Sleepy Eye, MN
Shane & Amber Blackledge Cultivate Church St. Peters, MO
Michael & Teya McDougal Shalom Hill Church Richfield, MN
Josh & Lindsey Ramirez The Refinery Eden, WI
Lauro & Gina Reyna Agape Open Bible Church Ankeny, IA
We are excited to announce that two new church plants from Central Region were approved for affiliation with Open Bible Churches this week!
OPEN BIBLE PRAYER CENTER, Chicago, IL, pastored by Pastora Lina Morrelli who is credentialed with Trinidad Open Bible Churches. Open Bible Trinidad discovered there were Open Bible people from Trinidad and Venezuela living in the Chicago area and asked to partner with Central Region in planting a new work there. Pastora Lina has begun the credential transfer process to Open Bible Churches USA.
CONNECTIONS CHURCH, Dyersville, IA, pastored by Kyle & Katie Palmer. They began their plant a few years ago with another church planting organization but were looking for a new covering to partner with regarding their plant development and oversight. Rev. Jeff Peterson from Peosta, IA introduced the Palmers to Open Bible and they were also acquainted with Pastor David Grandon in Manchester, IA. Pastor Kyle has begun our credential process with Open Bible Churches USA.
Bruce Pfadenhauer, Central Region Executive Director, and I will be taking a number of our church planters to the Exponential Conference in Orlando, FL in early March. We believe the Lord wants to multiply disciples, leaders, and churches in Central Region. If I can serve you in any way, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rev. Burliss Parker, Open Bible Missionary At-Large, will be assisting Open Bible works in Uganda, Kenya, and Cuba. He is available to come to your church February through May 2024. For more information on hosting Burliss in your church, please click this link.
On Sunday, February 4, 2024 Pastor Kevin (Amanda) St. Clair was elected as the new senior pastor at Hope Church of NW Arkansas in Bentonville, AR. Pastor Kevin will begin serving in March 2024.
NEW CREDENTIALED MINISTERS
We welcome the following new ministers to our Central Region team:
Doug & Sheri Rohrer, transferred their credential from another organization and are staff members at Experience Church in Des Moines, IA. Doug is the Outreach Pastor and Co-Leader for the Men’s Ministry and Sheri is the First Impressions Ministry Director.
Peg Leege, elder and prayer captain at First Open Bible in Ottumwa, IA. Peg is a graduate of Open Bible College and has served in various capacities of ministry.
Jacob Grotjan, certified minister in Texas, was upgraded to ordination as he is being considered for military chaplaincy.