Leadership Team

Leadership Team

HARRIS HOLSAPPLE IV

HARRIS HOLSAPPLE IV

Lead Pastor

Pastor Harris has been leading the church with fresh vision, excitement, passion, and creative ideas to win Cedar Rapids and surrounding areas for Christ. Pastor Harris has a heart to see lives transformed by the power of God and to see people experience new life!

The lead pastor develops the church vision, provides organizational management oversight, serves as the primary preacher/teacher and partners with the Executive Board.

Email: hholsapple@firstopenbible.com

MARK CULHAM

MARK CULHAM

Connection Pastor

Pastor Mark joined the team in November 2020. He’ll serve alongside in teaching, occasional preaching and connection with the church.

 

Email: mculham@firstopenbible.com

Katie Hiles

Katie Hiles

Youth Lead

Katie serves as our Youth Lead at First Open Bible. She leads the youth ministry and is responsible for teaching and preaching in youth and leading youth events.

Email: khiles@firstopenbible.com

Ariana Holland

Ariana Holland

KidsMin Director

Ariana supports, helps, assists and serves as a vital part of KidsMin by maintaining ministry information, preparing and distributing curriculum materials and offering administrative support.

Email: aholland@firstopenbible.com

Abby Laseski

Abby Laseski

Lead KidsMin Assistant

Abby supports, helps, assists and co-leads First Open Bible KidsMin.

Email: alasecki59@gmail.com

Erica McGaffic

Erica McGaffic

Media Director

Erica oversees all things media related! She is responsible for the upkeep of the social media platforms, website, and app relating to First Open Bible.

Email: emcgaffic@firstopenbible.com

Josh Mains

Josh Mains

Sound & Tech Director

Josh oversee’s our sound and tech department.

Email: jmains@firstopenbible.com

 

 

 

SONNY FRIIS

SONNY FRIIS

Lead Tech Assistant

Pastor Sonny brings spiritual musical leadership to worship ministry through service planning, corporate worship leading, equipping leaders and over all support to the broad ministry. The lead tech assistant supports, helps, assists and serves in the tech department. This includes sound, tech, and media aspects. He also assists with livestream of services each week. 

Email:  sfriis@firstopenbible.com

BRENT KELLEY

BRENT KELLEY

Lead Worship Minister

Oversees the worship/music ministry team of the church by developing, coordinating and administering Spirit-led worship.

Email: bkelley@firstopenbible.com

KAROLYN WAGNER

KAROLYN WAGNER

Stewardship Director

Karolyn supports the management of financial processes and record keeping, including processing cash receipts, dispersing payments, preparing reports and providing support to all ministries.

Email:  kwagner@firstopenbible.com

SARAH HOLSAPPLE

SARAH HOLSAPPLE

Creative & Spiritual Development Director

Supports and encourages teams by leading in ideations, solving problems and generating new ideas and concepts within the church. Works and collaborates with all ministries in strategic and creative planning.

Email: sholsapple@firstopenbible.com

SHERRI ERKEL

SHERRI ERKEL

KidsMin Creative Assistant

Sherri supports, helps, assists and co-leads First Open Bible KidsMin.

Email: sjonerkel@gmail.com

Melissa Lynas

Melissa Lynas

Facility Assistant

The facility assistant takes care of the cleaning and upkeep of the facility. She also helps coordinate cleaning volunteers and the annual church clean up days. 

 

 

SHERRI PEIFFER

SHERRI PEIFFER

Office Admin & Pastor's Admin

Supports, helps, assists and serves by completing administrative processes, providing receptionist coverage, supporting the lead pastor as assigned, supporting other ministry operation teams including organizational and financial administration.

Email:  speiffer@firstopenbible.com

CHARLES STEVENS

CHARLES STEVENS

Pastor Emeritus

Pastor Stevens has served at First Open Bible for 50+ years. He serves as the lead pastor’s mentor and provides spiritual guidance to all leadership. Pastor Stevens has retired from active lead pastor, but continues to serve and has earned the honorable title of Pastor Emeritus.

board of elders
Douglas Plotz (Vice President)

Nate Anderson (Secretary)

Bonnie Hansen (Board Member)

Sarah Asher (Board Member)

Rick Enyart (Board Member)

What does the board of elders do?
Board members provide spiritual oversight, long-term vision and operational boundaries for the functioning of the whole church as an organization. While they focus on these items, they entrust the implementation of their direction into the hands of staff and other ministry leaders, through the leadership of the lead pastor. They focus their energy on the biblical mandate to lead and shepherd the whole church.

The Board of Elders serves as ambassadors of Jesus Christ, as a representative of the congregation who have an interest in the ministry at First Open Bible.

The Board’s responsibilities have both routine and varied aspects.

Throughout each monthly meeting the Board of Elders tackles important issues for the church, including:

  •  Overseeing the overall vision and future direction of the church;
  •  Creating policies to clearly define church values and operating procedures;
  •  Ensuring the teachings and practices of the church reflect accurate biblical theology;
  •  Protecting the Church by providing direction on financial risk management issues; and
  •  Supervising the lead pastor for accountability;
  •  Ensuring the vision and values remain consistent.
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