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Screen Shot 2018-02-09 at 9.26.10 AMJosh Grimes is the new Open Bible East regional executive director, effective next July 1. Josh’s appointment was resoundingly approved by a98%of ratification votes by regional ministers. He will succeed Tom Rupli, who announced that he will step down from the responsibility at the end of June.

Josh testifies he received a Call from God before birth, through his father (Pastor Randy Grimes), before Josh’s mother even knew she was pregnant. Josh’s call became personalized at the age of 4 and he has been pursuing that call since. He planted his first church at age 19. Josh has most recently been pastoring Plainview Open Bible Church in Brookville (Dayton area), Ohio. He has also been the region’s youth director for a number of years. That ministry has grown and flourished under his leadership. Josh and his wife, Melissa, have two children: Hannah Joy is a student in the nursing program at Wright State University. Caleb is majoring in business at Sinclair Community College.

This is how Josh describes this new direction in God’s call upon his life:
When Pastor Tom Rupli shared with me his intent to retire as East Region executive director, like many I hated to see him go. But I never thought about making myself available at this time in my life. Well, hindsight is better than foresight, for God had some different plans. When I realized what God was doing and made myself available, I felt the power and peace of God come over me. After the appointment, national board approval, and a deeply gratifying ratification vote by regional ministers, Melissa and I were 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! This might have taken us by surprise, but it did not take God by surprise. Looking back, I can see where the hand of God has been at work! We are both so excited to work with the Open Bible East board and pastors to help guide the region to continued fruitfulness. We want to personally thank everyone who 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. Great leaders like Dr. C. Russell Archer, President Randall Bach, and Pastor Tom Rupli are tough shoes to fill and follow, but I know God has been preparing us for this time our entire life. Our motto is, “If God is before you… who, what, when, where could be against you?” With all of us working together, we will make Open Bible a stronger and more fruitful organization in and for the body of Christ! We are excited for the future and look forward to the challenges and wins ahead!

You can congratulate Josh at: joshuagrimes@aol.com

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