HARRIS HOLSAPPLE IV
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.
Pastor Mark joined the team in November 2020. He’ll serve alongside in teaching, occasional preaching and connection with the church.
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.
Kid's Ministry Director
Ariana supports, helps, assists and serves as a vital part of children’s ministry by maintaining ministry information, preparing and distributing curriculum materials and offering administrative support.
Lead Kid's Ministry Assistant
Abby supports, helps, assists and co-leads First Open Bible Kid’s Minisitry.
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.
Sound & Tech Director
Josh oversee’s our sound and tech department.
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.
Lead Worship MinisterOversees the worship/music ministry team of the church by developing, coordinating and administering Spirit-led worship.
Stewardship DirectorKarolyn supports the management of financial processes and record keeping, including processing cash receipts, dispersing payments, preparing reports and providing support to all ministries.
Creative & Spiritual Development DirectorSupports 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.
Kid's Creative Assistant
Sherri supports, helps, assists and co-leads First Open Bible Kids Ministry.
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.
Office Administrator & Pastor's Administrative Assistant
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.
Pastor EmeritusPastor 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.