The ministry known as Old Oak Bible Church was started in January of 1977 and incorporated under Ohio Law as a non-profit entity in April of 1977, as the Chapel in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, Inc.. Our founder was 31 year-old pastor, Dave Butler, who took up residence at Misty Lakes in Middleburg Heights. Our first offices were located at the well-known R.A. Gall Building in Parma Heights. During the three months of preparation for our first service, our area of ministry was determined to be that of a circle whose center was the intersection of Bagley Road and I-71, extending for five miles in all directions. Today, our members come from the six cities that this area covers as well as 12 other communities.
Our first worship service was Sunday, April 27th at the former C.A. Thomas Elementary School that was located on Bagley Road (presently Middleburg Commons park). 120 were in attendance that first service.
In 1996, we legally became Old Oak Bible Church. By that time, God had blessed us with a lovely church facility on a campus of more than six acres. He had led us into an unexpected ministry to thousands of divorced couples in the Cleveland area. Not to be mistaken for a "wedding chapel," the difficulty of the name change was essential. Yet, not only are we a church, but we are a "Bible church" in a day when the Bible is continually looked down upon or ignored. In addition to that, we are now located on the well-known medical thoroughfare - Old Oak Boulevard - and we are next door to two of the largest employers in the city (Southwest General Health Center and Quadax Medical Billing).
We are Gospel-driven. Although we were once dead in our trespasses and sin, in his grace, God the Father sent God the Son to live and die as a substitute for our sin. Rising again, Jesus proves he has achieved our salvation and conquered sin and death. We want to continue to root ourselves in the gospel of Jesus Christ and make it known in our community and throughout the world.
We are Word-Centered. God gives life through his Word. We gather every week to pray according to the Word, sing the Word, see the Word in the ordinances of baptism and the Lord's Supper, and proclaim the Word through expositional preaching.
We are Christ-exalting. Christ is the Telos or purpose of all creation. We strive to glorify him in everything we do.
We are a Community. We love because God first loved us. We strive for deep relationships that aim to fulfill the "one anothers" of the New Testament church.
We are Protestant, holding to the Five Solas:
We are Independent- meaning the highest authority at our church is our church, not a denomination or presbytery. In other words, we are non-denominational, but we've found that sometimes that label can be confusing. Although "baptist" is not in our name, we are "baptistic" in our ecclessiology (how the church is governed) and in our practice of baptism (an act of professing that one has turned from sin and believed in the Lord Jesus Christ).
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: The Gospel Project, Adult Bible Study, Youth Group: 7 pm
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