Steve's journey to the pulpit of Old Oak Bible Church began close to home. In fact, it began in Middleburg Heights and at Old Oak Bible Church. Steve grew up attending Old Oak and thrived under the ministries of AWANA Clubs, Pastor Dave Butler, and his parents. While strong in his faith when he went off to college, going into church ministry was not on his radar. In the midst of his pursuit to become the next big sports agent, Steve felt called to become a pastor. He believes that God used new friendships and his involvement with a Christian college ministry to rekindle his passion for the Bible and the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

In light of his calling and these influences, his trajectory changed toward receiving formal theological education. He would go on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Malone University and a Master's of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Along the journey, he was increasingly more involved at church, having opportunities to lead youth group and preach on Sunday mornings. 

The more involved he was at Old Oak, the more he felt God calling him to the church long term. It was during this time that he sat under the mentorship of the late Dave Butler. Pastor Butler's passing in August 2016 was not only sad, but also shifted the expected timeline of Steve's future at Old Oak. Since then, the church has called Steve to be their next senior pastor starting December 2017. Steve is humbled and excited to step into the position of senior pastor of Old Oak Bible Church.


Bill Barbee

Dean Velasco

Church Leadership

Old Oak Bible Church

Don Lucas

Don and his wife, Betty, have been at Old Oak since 2000, and Don has served as an elder since 2009. Don is a tireless and skilled handyman who has a heart for serving God's people. He enjoys teaching Bible study and caring for those in our church.

Steve Barbee - Senior Pastor

Alongside his wife, Donna, Bill has faithfully served at Old Oak for nearly 30 years. He joyously leads music on Sunday mornings, teaches Bible study, officiates weddings, and preaches on occasion. If you're wondering why he looks so much like Steve and has the same last name, it's because he is his dad!

Our Elders

7575 Old Oak Blvd. Middleburg Hts., OH 44130 (440) 243-5820

Sunday Mornings: 9:30 am - Bible Study | 10:30 am - Corporate Worship

Wednesday Nights: 7 pm - Wednesday Night Fellowship and The Gospel Project

Dean joined the church in 2005 and became an elder at the same time as Don. He works full-time as an engineer and completed graduate school at Case Western Reserve University. His teaching specialties include Christian apologetics and illustrating how matters of science, engineering, history, and philosophy are relevant to Christian teachings.