Happy New Year to our Open Bible Central family and friends!

Seasons come and go on specific days and at other times you cannot clearly define when one season begins and when it ends. We can all agree that with the arrival of a new year doors are open for the beginning of a brand-new season.  If you have been longing for a fresh new season, I pray that the Holy Spirit will touch your life and lead you in renewing and refreshing ways!

We are happy to announce new staffing for the regional office effective January 1, 2024:        

TERRY DREYER, Boonville, MO has been hired as our Church Planting Director.  Terry and his wife, Deana, helped Pastor Randy and Becky Richards plant Open Bible Praise Center 27 years ago and has served on their leadership team from the beginning. Then over a decade ago, the Dreyers and Richards sent their sons to Columbia, MO to plant another church. Terry has served in a number of companies in upper management and planned to retire early and devote his focus to some kind of ministry. As part of that process, Terry received his credentials with Open Bible Churches in 2023. Terry and Deana believe this was the missing piece they were waiting on for this next season in their lives. Terry will be serving one day a week from January through March when he will retire from his marketplace career. He will then lead our NEW Church Plants Initiative in Central Region, working out of his home in Boonville, MO.  Please see the video greeting from Terry below.

BEN CARLSON Ben and Lola came on our team as Next Generation Leaders in June of 2021. Lola will continue serving in her current role.  We are increasing Ben’s hours and he will work out of the central region office two days a week. This will provide a larger investment in our NEXT Generation Leaders Initiative.

HANNAH RUSSO Hannah has served as our Administrative Dean for Open Bible College and she has agreed to assist the regional office with graphics and website development. Hannah is the daughter of Pastors Doug & Rachelle Harris in Pella, IA.

DAVID WANAT David is credentialed with Open Bible Churches and serves at Journey Church in Urbandale, IA. David also serves in the marketplace for Blue Compass, a web design and development company in Des Moines, IA. He has agreed to be our technology consultant for our equipment and event needs.

Thank you for your patience in this time of transition as everyone gets adjusted to their new roles and a special thank you to Kimberly Veenstra and Robin Pfadenhauer who have gone over the top to help us stay on mission!

Blessings on you and yours,

Bruce A. Pfadenhauer

Central Region Director

Just as we approach a new season & a new year in our region, we are also beginning a new time in Open Bible as a whole.  Please join us in prayer along side our President Michael Nortune and Open Bible Churches throughout all 5 regions!

Here is a message from our President as you consider being a part of this time of fasting prayer!

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

Click here to sign up today!
MILEAGE RATE UPDATE

The Internal Revenue Service announced that beginning January 1, 2024, the standard mileage rate for the business use of an automobile will be $0.67 cents a mile. That is an increase of 1.5 cents per mile from the former rate, which was $0.655 cents per mile.

CONGRATULATIONS

On Sunday, January 7, 2024 Pastor Adam (Katie) Henaman was elected as the new Senior Pastor at First Church of the Open Bible, Clear Lake, IA. Pastor Adam will begin serving in March 2024.

COMFORT

Tricia Irene Jensen, sister of Rev. Shenna (Eric) Pluff (Clear Lake, IA), passed away December 29, 2023. Services are pending. Here is a link for Tricia’s obituary.

Craig Potter, brother of Pastor Dwayne (Diane) Potter of Waterloo, IA, passed away December 9, 2023 and services were held December 19, 2023. Here is a link to his obituary Craig Potter’s Obituary link .

Last month we shared about Richard Kingery’s death, brother of Rev. Jeff (Sheryl) Kingery of Cedar Rapids, IA. Here is a link to Richard’s obituary.

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Burliss Parker will be itinerating from February through May 2024