William D. Barbee was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1954 and grew up in Pepper Pike where he graduated from Orange High School. Despite being raised in an "Ozzie & Harriett" style family, at the age of 13, Bill started down the slippery slope of rebellion pursuing stardom in a rock-n-roll band - complete with all its trappings of long hair, weird clothing, and sin. Thankfully, when he was 19, Bill was introduced to the Gospel by a local pastor. For the first time the Scriptures were opened to him, the wages of sin were explained, and Bill received forgiveness through Christ by receiving Him as Savior and Lord.
Over the next 17 years, Bill dealt with many of life's typical troubles while attending several churches in the Cleveland area and in Philadelphia. In October 1990, Bill visited The Chapel in Middleburg Heights (now OOBC) and instantly felt "at home." On the very first Sunday, he met Donna Brasty (who was the treasurer, children's education director, and AWANA Commander at the time), their friendship grew and he started participating with her in the children's ministries. Later that same year, Bill became a member of the church and 3 years later, he and Donna were married.
Indeed, 1993 was a big year for Bill. Not only did he get married, but he was also confirmed as an elder of the church after receiving training from Pastor Dave, and he and Donna had their son, Steven.
Bill teaches adult Bible study classes, is a part of the worship team, officiates weddings, and at times, serves as "substitute preacher" when Pastor Butler is unavailable. In the past, he has led evangelism outreach teams, directed the Old Oak Bible Church Choir, been involved in with the couples ministries, and served as AWANA commander and in other children's ministries. Together, Bill and his wife, Donna, have been a wonderful ministry team for over 24 years.
Bill, Donna and their son, Steven, currently reside in Middleburg Heights, Ohio.
In 1999, Don retired and decided to read the Bible purely from an academic standpoint. After several weeks, when reading the Gospel of John, Don realized that he could do nothing on his own to meet the standards described in the book without Jesus. It was then that he prayed to receive Christ as Lord and Savior.
Shortly after, Don's wife, Betty, also prayed to receive Christ and in the spring of 2000, they felt convicted to find a church. They came to Old Oak because they wanted a church that was Bible-based and Christ-centered, without ritual and ceremonial distractions. As Don puts it, they just wanted to focus on God's Word.
The church called Don to become an elder in 2009. Despite having some doubts, Don accepted the position and the church has been blessed by his choice. Don's primary area of ministry is service; he is a renowned handyman and devoted much time to working around the church as well as serving those in need. Don also shares in the duties of teaching Bible study with the other elders.
Don and his wife, Betty, have been married for 30 years and reside in North Royalton.
Dean joined the church in 2005 and became an elder at the same time as Pastor Don Lucas. 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.
Outside of the church, Dean's interests include swing dancing and obstacle course racing. In times past, he also kept a variety of unusual pets, including three geckos named Progressive, Nationwide, and Allstate.
Pastor Dave Butler served as the senior pastor of Old Oak Bible Church for nearly 40 years. In fact, he was the founding pastor of the church in 1977, which at that time was known as "The Chapel in Middleburg Heights." Pastor Dave was a man who deeply loved Jesus and was committed to preaching the Word of God, pastoral care of his church members, and his role as a husband and father. We will always miss Pastor Dave at OOBC. If you met him, you met a man with spark and a warmth that can only be attributed to the Holy Spirit. It is our prayer that God would carry on Pastor Dave's legacy at OOBC: that by His grace, we would be a church that continues to stand on the truth of Scripture, salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, and the pursuit to glorify God in everything we do.
Growing up at OOBC from the time he was born, Steve heard the gospel at a young age, and repented of his sins and trusted in Jesus Christ alone for salvation. After going away to college, Steve felt the Lord calling him to ministry. He then began down the path of formal theological education. During his remaining college years, he became more and more involved at OOBC, especially with the youth group. Steve is currently a student at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, where he will graduate with his Master's of Divinity in December, 2017. He fills the pulpit to preach when he is home, which is about 5 months out of the year and roughly once every month when school is in session. The church has voted to make Steve its new senior pastor upon his graduation.
7575 Old Oak Blvd. Middleburg Hts., OH 44130 (440) 243-5820
Sunday Mornings: 9:30 am - Bible Study, 10:30 am - Service
Wednesday Night AWANA, Adult Bible Study, Youth Group: 7 pm
Since the passing of our beloved Pastor Dave Butler in August, 2016, our elders have collectively acted as his interim. Bill Barbee and Steve Barbee are the church's primary preachers. For more information about our elders and pastoral intern, please see below.