Patrick Abendroth, Senior Pastor
Pat is originally from Omaha and is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. It was during his time at UNL that Pat was converted and became a Christian. After earning his Masters degree from The Master's Seminary in Southern California and serving in two college pastorates, Pat came to Omaha Bible Church as Senior Pastor in 1998. Pat and his wife Molly met at UNL and were married in 1991. They have five children.
Seeing Christ exalted and lives transformed through expository preaching is the driving pastoral passion for Pat. Beyond proclaiming Christ at Omaha Bible Church, it is a pleasure for Pat to be involved in training pastors in the U.S. and abroad.
If you see Pat away from a pulpit, he will likely be either doing a flip on a wakeboard or peddling like mad training for a road race. It would be an understatement to say he enjoys both sports.
Pat is currently enrolled in the Doctorate of Ministry program at the Ligonier Academy of Biblical and Theological Studies.
See what’s going on in Pat’s Theology for Breakfast men’s group here.
Frank Barber, Elder
Frank was born in Juneau, Alaska, spent his childhood in New Mexico and graduated from high school in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. It was during his senior year of high school that he became a Christian.
Frank graduated from the University of Kansas in 1988 and completed a Masters of Business Administration at Southern Methodist University in 1993.
He met his wife Carol in Lincoln, Nebraska, and they were married in 1987. They have three children - Haley, Leah, and Janie.
Robby Clay, Assistant Pastor
Robby is a native Texan and a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington. By the grace of God, he became a Christian in 1981 at a local church in the small town of Duncanville, just south of Dallas.
Robby met his wife Amanda while attending Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, where he also graduated with a Master’s Degree in Christian Education in December 2005. Robby has been serving in student ministries since 2000 and is now directing the IKON Youth Ministry. IKON is the high school ministry at OBC.
Over the past year, Robby and Amanda have enjoyed taking an active part in serving at OBC and have three children - Kate, Jocelyn, and Lydia.
Robby also has enjoyed running several marathons and is determined to qualify for the Boston Marathon someday.
An influential Bible passage in Robby’s life is 2 Corinthians 5:20-21, “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
Mike Grimes, Assistant Pastor
Mike grew up in Norwalk, IA, just outside of Des Moines. By the grace of God, Mike became a Christian at an early age through the faithful teaching of the gospel in his church. As he continued to grow in Christ he became involved in the ministries of the church. As a sophomore in high school, Mike began leading musical worship on Sunday mornings.
Mike moved to Nashville in 2002 to attend Belmont University. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Church Music with an emphasis in classical voice. While at Belmont Mike continued to lead musical worship for various ministries and the local church.
Mike served as a Worship Pastor in Nashville prior to coming to Omaha Bible Church as an Assistant Pastor in May 2012.
Mike and his wife Angie were married in 2006 and have two daughters, Lexi and Emily.
Dave Guthrie, Elder
Dave grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he came to know the Lord as his personal Lord and Savior in 1964 during a church vacation Bible school. Dave obtained his undergraduate and Master's degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and graduated with a Graduate Banking degree from the University of Washington in Seattle. Dave has been married to his wife Renee since 1983 and they have four children: Megan, Rachel, Ryan and Emily.
As an elder, Dave is reminded of Paul's exhortation in 1Corinthians 16:13,14: "Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love."
Mike Holloway, Assistant Pastor/Church Administrator
Mike was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he came to trust the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior in August of 1976. Mike obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has a graduate certificate in Business from Regis University in Denver, and retired from an executive management position in the U. S. Postal Service in 2009. Mike has been married to his wife Denise since 1979 and they have four children: Matthew (married to Sara), Nathan, Andrew and Bethany.
Mike is an avid bicycle rider having completed a number of cross-state bike rides and is a devoted college sports fan.
A special Scripture in Mike's life is Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths."
Chris Peterson, Associate Pastor
Chris Peterson was born in Gibson City, Illinois, a small town a few hours southwest of Chicago. He came to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ in 1980 while attending Westminster Bible Church in Paxton, Illinois. Chris graduated from The Master's College with a B.A. in Organizational Management in 1999 and completed his Masters of Divinity at the Master's Seminary in 2004. Chris met his wife in high school while attending Omaha Bible Church in 1992. Robin and Chris were married in 1994 and have three children - Kaylin, Michael, and Nathanael.
A Scripture passage that has impacted Chris's life is taken from Isaiah 55:10-11: "For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth, and making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; so shall My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it."
Todd Swift, Elder
Todd was born in Sidney, Nebraska, and raised in Omaha. He graduated from Westside High School and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Todd received his Masters of Divinity from The Master's Seminary in Los Angeles, California, in 1998. Before coming to Omaha Bible Church, Todd served as a student ministries pastor in California and a Senior Pastor in Montana.
In November 1999, Todd and his wife Laura returned to Omaha and to Omaha Bible Church. They have four children.