Font Size » Large | SmallCHURCH OF THE OPEN BIBLE IN STREATOR, ILLINOIS, LEVERAGES UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE COMMUNITY A school closing can be hard on a community. When a local school closes, the community often loses one of its main hubs of activity and community interaction. When a closed school in Streator, Illinois, came up for sale, Rodney Kreier, pastor of Church of the Open Bible, also in Streator, saw an opportunity to serve his community and expand the church. In August of 2018 Church of the Open Bible bought Oakland Park School, a former elementary school which closed in 2013, from the school district for $150,000. Kreier said, “We heard [Oakland] was for sale, and we’re outgrowing our present building. We wanted to find a way to reach out to our community and serve our community, and we thought this would be a good way to do it. It’s going to be a church and a community center of some sort.” Pastor Kreier said that while the building will be used as a church and a community center, groups that already use the building for hosting programs such as Head Start and English as a Second Language will still have access to the building. The church is planning on a grand opening in spring of 2019.