Omaha Bible Church (OBC) was founded in July 1991 by a group of Christians who were convinced about the importance of reading, studying and following God’s Word. They were aided in their efforts by a Lincoln-based church that shared these same beliefs. The first OBC services began in August 1991 in the basement of a community education center. Average attendance was around 40 people.
During the next few years, OBC grew and leadership of the Lincoln church believed that OBC was ready to become an independent church. Omaha Bible Church’s directors were installed as elders in a service conducted in September of 1995.
In July of 1998, OBC’s original pastor resigned and the elders appointed Patrick Abendroth as the Senior Pastor in September of that year. Pat attended OBC since its inception in 1991, and left in 1993 to attend seminary at The Master’s Seminary in Los Angeles, where he graduated with a Master of Divinity degree in May 1996. He returned to Nebraska in June 1996 and was appointed as a college pastor at a church in Lincoln. The elders and the members of OBC felt confident that Pat would continue the church’s emphasis on strong Bible teaching and would also devote much time and energy into the ministry.
With the continued growth of the church the elders made an offer on a section of land in August 2000. OBC moved into her new building at this new and current location in June of 2006. As a church we are continually reminded of God’s goodness in giving us a building and land to facilitate ministry to His own glory.
The church continued to grow in the new building and in January 2008 the elders announced that OBC would add a South Campus in view of more effectively reaching the Sarpy County area. Erik Raymond was commissioned as the preaching pastor and services began on July 13, 2008 at Bellevue West High School. In 2010 the ministry of South Campus became a church plant and took on the name Emmaus Bible Church with plans to become an independent local church by the end of 2012.
This ministry expansion aligns with OBC's longstanding desire to plant churches that will promote and defend the greatness of God in the gospel. With roughly 500 folks at the Main Campus and another 200 folks at South Campus, now known as Emmaus Bible Church, we continue to stand in awe of God’s faithfulness in this ministry.
We remain as convinced as the day the church began of the need for a faithful ministry of the gospel and biblical exposition in the Omaha metropolitan area. We look forward to enjoying the goodness of God in building His local church here through likeminded men and women.