About Us

 

WHO WE ARE:

Open Bible Church is a group of individuals and families who have found, in Jesus Christ, a bond of love and friendship that allows us to find meaning and purpose in life and to operate as a family. We meet together on a regular basis to worship together, learn together, fellowship together, and grow together in our understanding of spiritual life. 

Our focus is: Loving God, Loving Others, and Serving the World.

Our purposes are: 

  • To celebrate God's presence through worship, 
  • To demonstrate God's love through ministry, 
  • To communicate God's Word through evangelism and missions, 
  • To incorporate God's people into His family through fellowship, and 
  • To educate God's people through discipleship. 

We are an independent, autonomous, Baptist church which voluntarily fellowships with the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches, the Crossroads Fellowship, and the Calumet Fellowship of Regular Baptist Churches.

OUR LEADERSHIP:

Larry Starett, Pastor/Elder

Pastor Larry Starett & his wife, Becky, have been with us at Open Bible Church since January of 2001, making Pastor Larry our longest-serving pastor. They have been married for 40 years. They have 3 adult children, and 9 grandchildren.

Pastor Larry received his bachelor's degree from Cedarville University, and his master's degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and Graduate School. He is active in the Calumet Fellowship of Regular Baptist Churches, and has served on the Board of Directors for the Crossroads Fellowship, our state fellowship of churches. He participates in the Pastors Advisory Council for Cedarville University.

Becky also graduated from Cedarville University, and serves in both the music ministry and the women's ministry of OBC.

 

 

 

 

 

Bob Blair, Elder

Bob & his wife, Lisa, have been at Open Bible Church since 2018. 

 

 

Wayne Vanderwier, Elder

Wayne & his wife, Susie, have been at Open Bible Church since 2007. The Vanderwiers have been married for 47 years, have 5 adult children, and 21 grandchildren.

Wayne has degrees from Western Michigan University, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, Trinity Theological Seminary, and Baptist Bible Seminary, the latter two being doctoral degrees in biblical counseling. He served as a pastor for 32 years before launching Overseas Instruction in Counseling in 2006. Together Wayne & Susie serve with OIC (DiscoverOIC.org), for which Wayne serves as Director-at-Large and Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Susie graduated from the University of Michigan, worked as a dental hygienist, and as an instructor at Indiana University Northwest. She manages the OBC website.