Relationships in Open Bible Churches

Open Bible Churches continually endeavors to find a balance of accountability without undue control in its relationship with affiliated churches and credentialed ministers. We believe in accountability; every leader and institution needs that. We believe in strong and responsible leadership that must answer to someone else. We also believe in freedom of ministers and churches to discover vision and create ministries that most effectively reach their communities.

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Regional Map


Many facets of Open Bible’s mission and values are led by five regions: Central, East, Mountain Plains, Pacific, and Southeast. Each region, attuned to the cultures that it serves, pursues fulfillment of Open Bible’s mission. Regions lead church planting in Open Bible Churches. Relationships with ministers are fostered and nurtured through regional events, systems, resources, and networking through districts that exist in all regions. Coaching is provided to help ministers grow as leaders. Applications for ministerial credentials are received, processed, and submitted with recommendation by regions to Open Bible’s national credentialing body. 

Regions serve churches during leadership transitions and pastor searches. They receive applications for church affiliation and assist churches through that process, making affiliation recommendations to the national approving body. They provide counsel, encouragement, resources, and assistance if there are church conflicts or other matters that require wisdom and help from outside the church. They offer coaching to help churches grow in fruitfulness and outreach. Regions are available so that no affiliated church or credentialed minister should feel alone in time of need.

Bruce Pfauenhauer


Bruce Pfadenhauer serves as the Regional Executive Director for the Central Region of Open Bible Churches, which covers a nine-state area. He served as a senior pastor for over 26 years before coming to lead the central region in 2010. Bruce has served Open Bible Churches in various leadership capacities including Global Missions board, District Director, Regional Board member, National Board member, and currently as Vice President. He is a certified coach who is passionate about developing leaders and healthy churches. He and his wife, Robin, are partners together in marriage and ministry. They have two adult children, one grandson, and reside in the Des Moines, IA area.

Josh Grimes

Josh has served as a pastor since the age of 19 when he planted his first church. He recently pastored Plainview Open Bible Church in Brookville (Dayton area), Ohio. He has also served as the youth director for East Region since 2010, a ministry which has grown and flourished. When East’s former RED, Tom Rupli, first shared his intent to retire, Josh, like many, hated to see him go. But as a busy pastor, serving as the next RED had not been on Josh’s short-term radar. That does not mean he had not been prepared for the task. When Josh was in his early 20s, he was discussing his rural church with Dr. C. Russell Archer (the East Region RED at the time). During their conversation, Josh made a bold statement to his spiritual hero: “You know, Dr. Archer, someday I will sit in this office because I know in my heart God has called me to do it.”

Gary Emery


Gary Emery serves as the Regional Executive Director for the Pacific Region. During his over 35 years in ministry, Gary has served as a youth pastor, church planter and lead pastor. He has been an effective leader of leaders with a passion for empowering people for effective ministry in today's world and a heart for the emerging generation leaders. He and his wife, Joneile, have been married for 40 years and have two sons, a wonderful daughter-in-law and three beautiful grandkids.

Jim Beaird


Dr. Jim Beaird pastored for thirty years prior to becoming the Executive Director for the Southeast Region of Open Bible Churches in 2002. His passion is church planting and leadership development. He has authored two books on personal leadership development: The Proximity Factor: Essential Disciplines in a Leader's Spiritual Formation and The Providence Factor: When God Shapes a World-Changer. He teaches seminars to leaders and churches ready to maximize personal and corporate spiritual growth. He and his wife, Kris, have three married sons. They reside in the Tampa Bay area and together enjoy the beach, target shooting, and walking.

Bill Jimenez


Bill Jimenez is currently serving as MPR Executive Director and living in Omaha, NE. Bill & Wanda have served in Open Bible since 1975 and currently pastor Living Faith Church. They have 5 children and 12 grand-children.