Open Bible Churches

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Organization Information Record Year 2016

Name: Open Bible Churches
Denomination type: Pentecostal Bodies
Year Reporting: 2009
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Description: Open Bible Churches (formerly, Open Bible Standard Churches) originated from two revival movements, Bible Standard Conference, founded in Eugene, Oregon, under the leadership of Fred L. Hornshuh in 1919, and Open Bible Evangelistic Association, founded in Des Moines, Iowa, under the leadership of John R. Richey in 1932.
Similar in doctrine and government, the two groups amalgamated on July 26, 1935 as ?Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc.? with headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa.
The original group of 210 ministers has enlarged to incorporate over 2,500 ministers and 1,509 churches in 40 countries. The first missionary left for India in 1926. The church now ministers in Asia, Africa, South America, Europe, Canada, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean Islands.
Historical roots of the parent groups reach back to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in 1906 at Azusa Street Mission in Los Angeles and to the full gospel movement in the Midwest. Both groups were organized under the impetus of pentecostal revival. Simple faith, freedom from fanaticism, emphasis on evangelism and missions and free fellowship with other groups were characteristics of the growing organizations.
The highest governing body of Open Bible Churches meets biennially and is composed of all ministers and one voting delegate per 100 members from each church. A National Board of Directors, elected by the national and regional conferences, conducts the business of the organization. Official Bible College is New Hope Christian College in Oregon.
Open Bible Churches is a charter member of the National Association of Evangelicals and of the Pentecostal/Charismatic Churches of North America. It is a member of the Pentecostal World Conference.

Contact Information Record Year 2016

Address: 2020 Bell Ave.
Address line 2:
City: Des Moines
State: Iowa
Zip Code: 50315
Country: United States
Phone: (515)288-6761

Media Contact Record Year 2016

Name: Exec. Dir., Communications & Resources, Jeff Farmer
Phone: (515)288-6761
Email: n/a

Attesting Officer Record Year 2016

Name: Teresa A. Beyer
Position: Secretary-Treasurer
Phone: (515)288-6761

Membership & Attendance Record Year 2016

Full Communicants: 45,000
Other Members: 0
Total Inclusive Members: 45,000
Total Churches: 275
Average Attendance: 26,132
Membership Calculation Method: Estimate

Clergy Record Year 2016

Serving Churches: 361
Other Service to the Church: 343
Retired: 268
Total Clergy: 972

Religious Education Record Year 2016

Total Schools: 0
Pupils: 0
Staff: 0
Total Individuals: 0

Finance Record Year 2016

Total Benevolences: $5,226,565.00
Total Giving Local Expense: $0.00
Total Financial: $522,656,500
Receipts/Expenditures: Expenditures