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Effective July 1, 2018, Joshua R. Grimes was ratified by the ministers of East Region as their new Regional Executive Director (RED).

Josh Grimes, new East Region RED.

Josh Grimes, new East Region RED.

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.”

Dr. C Russell Archer

Dr. C Russell Archer

Dr. Archer graciously replied, “I know, young man, you have that call on your life.” He then prayed with Josh about the call of God on his life. In fact, Dr. Archer prayed numerous times for Josh over the course of the next several years.

This past September when Josh realized what God was doing, he made himself available. After the ratification vote, Josh said, “Melissa and I are so humbled, yet also very excited about this call of God that I felt so many years ago coming to pass right before our eyes. Looking back, I can see the hand of God. We are both so excited to work with the Open Bible East board and pastors to help guide this region to continued fruitfulness. We want to personally thank everyone that has believed in us, prayed for us, prophesied into our lives, and trusted us with their vote of confidence. Our prayer is that we will continue to carry out the legacy that went before us. With all of us working together, we will make Open Bible a stronger and more fruitful organization in and for the body of Christ!”

President Randall A. Bach said, “Josh Grimes becomes our current youngest regional executive director. Among Josh’s qualities are his love for and loyalty to Open Bible Churches and his courage. He is fearless, with faith to walk into the devil’s lair and tell him to get out. If I am going into battle against the enemy, I want Josh to cover my back.”

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