What We Believe

The Bible is true, authoritative, and sufficient. There is one true God who exists eternally as: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. All humanity is sinful and the penalty for that sin is death. Jesus Christ was Born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and was crucified on the cross as a substitution for our sin. Jesus rose from the grave, ascended into heaven, and will one-day return. Only through Faith in Jesus Christ and repentance from sin can one experience salvation.

See also: The Baptist Faith and Message

O bey God Above All Else (Acts 5:9)

P eople are our Purpose (2 Cor. 6:16)

E very Member is a Minister (Rom. 12: 5-6)

N atural Worship (John 4:24)

B ehavior Preaching (James 1:22)

I nclusive Membership to All Cultures (1 Cor. 9:22)

B anding Together to Celebrate & Minister (Heb. 10:25)

L ife Development Process (Eph. 4:13-15)

E vangelism as a Way of Life (2 Tim 4:5)

Chuch History

October 1991

Open Bible Baptist Church (OBBC) was started with a prayer list of non-believers by Rev. Jefferson Martin, Sr. and Billie Martin. A bible study was started in the Martin’s home.

Rev. Martin was led by the Lord to the Pikes Peak Baptist Association (PPBA). Upon encouraging Rev. Martin to start a mission, Dr. Charles Aiken made arrangements with Southeast Baptist Mission to share their facilities.

November 4, 1991
The first service was held with 13 members.

October 1992
The church moved to the storefront at 4393 Airport Road. OBBC grew and acquired more space at the storefront. Our first baptisms were at Skyway Baptist Church. We also baptized at Circle Drive Baptist Church (CDBC) and at CDBC’s Church on Wheels.

Garden Ranch Baptist Church became the sponsoring church. They assisted with emotional, spiritual and financial support.

Open Bible Baptist Church is you neighborhood church

May 1998
A constituting service was held in May 1998 with 92 charter members.

August 1998
Our present location at 824 South Union was acquired.

What We Practice

  • 1: Bible As Our Sole Authority

    “The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true and make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it straightens us out and helps us to do what is right.” † 2 Tim. 3:15 Since God’s word is the only completely reliable and truthful authority, we accept the Bible as our manual for living. Our first question when faced with a decision is “What does the Bible say?” We practice daily Bible reading, Bible study, and Bible memorization. The Bible is the basis for all we believe.

  • 2: Autonomy of Each Local Church

    “Christ is the head of His Body, the church. He is the source of the Body’s life.” † Col. 1:18 Christ is the recognized head of our church, not any person, group or religious organization. While recognizing the value of associating and cooperating with other groups of Christians, we believe every local church should be self-governing and independent from any denominational control. In relating to our “daughter churches” that we sponsor, we encourage each congregation to determine its own strategy, structure, and style.

  • 3: Priesthood of Every Believer

    “Christ loves us and by His death He has freed us from our sins and made us a kingdom of priests to serve God...” † Rev. 1:6 “You are ...the King’s priests... God’s own people, chosen to proclaim the wonderful acts of God.” † 1 Pet. 2:9 The Bible teaches that every Christian is called to “full time” Christian service, regardless of his or her vocation. We practice the truth that every believer is a minister by encouraging every member to find a place of service and ministry. Every believer has direct access to God through prayer and Bible reading.

  • 4: Tithing

    “A tithe of everything you produce belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord.” † Lev. 26:30 At Open Bible we practice tithing for the support of Christ’s body—the church—as God commands. We recognize that giving 10% of our income to our local church is the Biblical standard of giving. Anything we give above that or to any other ministry or organization is an offering.

  • 5: Immersion

    “For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ…” † Col. 2:12 We practice baptism by immersion under water—the way Jesus was baptized, and the way the Bible commands.

  • 6: Spirit-Led Living

    (Jesus said), “I am the Vine, you are the branches. If you abide in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit, but apart from me you can do nothing.” † John 15:5 We believe the only way possible to live the Christian life is by God’s power within us. So we work to practice a daily dependence on God’s Spirit to enable us to do what is right. (Phil. 2:13, Eph. 5:18)

  • 7: Telling Others About Christ

    “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope that you have.” † 1 Peter 3:15 It is the responsibility of every Christian to share the Good News with those whom God brings us into contact. We practice personal sharing about Christ and inviting friends to church.

Spanish Translation

God allows us to serve Him ministering among the Hispanic Community through: Evangelism, Discipleship, Bible Studies, Worship, Fellowship and Special Events in different Programs.

Simultaneous Interpretation
every Sunday Service.

 Free ESL class session 1

Wednesdays from 5-6:30 pm. at OBBC

Journey Group “La Jornada”

Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 pm. at OBBC

Wednesday Bible Study

Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 pm. at OBBC


Jeff-Martin-Pastor-of-ministryJeff Martin


Jeff has been Serving as a Pastor of OBBC since 2002 and his primary ministry is Preaching and teaching while equipping and encouraging the members to serve God by serving others. He has been married to his incredible wife Frieda for over 13 years and they have two adult children. Serving in a bi-vocational model his secular job is the Community  & Public Health Administrator for the Colorado Springs Fire Department in addition he serves as the executive Director of Open Bible Medical Clinic and TLC Pharmacy.

Joel Bernal


Joel began serving at Open Bible Baptist Church in October 2016. He’s primary Ministry is Evangelism, Outreach and discipleship of new converts, as well as teaching evangelism application.
Born and raised in southern Baptist home, he has been serving the Lord since his youth. He has been in the pastoral ministry since 1984 and has served in various lead positions in Miami and Hialeah, Florida. He is married to Ivania Bernal and has two young sons living with him, Daniel who is 10 and Kaleb who is 4 years old. Our oldest son Joel is also an ordained pastor, from the Southern Baptist convention and a USAF Crew Chief stationed at Homestead AFB, Florida. Joel retired after 21 years of honorable service in the USAF and now works for the civil services as a supervisor in the Civil Engineering Department.

Mainor Araya


Mainor has recently joined the pastoral team at OBBC in July 2017. He has been serving in ministry for churches in North Carolina, California and Texas since 2000. He moved from Houston, Texas where he was serving the last seven years at The Church in the Center, right in the medical center, as a Pastor of Community and Outreach, as well as its worship director.  He came to Colorado Springs with his wife Karla and his primary role within OBBC will be leading the ministries of discipleship and counseling.

Mainor has served in ministry for more than 30 years, mainly in worship team and leadership, in Costa Rica his native country, as well as USA where he has lived since 1999 with his wife and two daughters.

gustavo-alvarez-pastor-of-fellowship-and-missionsGustavo Alvarez


Gustavo began serving at Open Bible Baptist Church in March 2015. He has been in the ministry  since 1997 and has served churches in Lake Charles, Louisiana and Colorado Springs, Colorado first as deacon and Bible Teacher and then as Pastor and Preacher. He has been married to Carmen since 1982. They have two daughters, 29 and 28, and a son 22 years old. He has been working for El Paso County Public Health  since 2001.

Ed Melendez


Ed began serving at Open Bible Baptist Church in October 2016. Ed is the father of two. He has just recently been asked to join the fellowship of Open Bible Baptist Church as its new Worship Pastor. Originally from California. Having come to Christ in 1991. Ed has been blessed with a passion for music, people and ministry. Having built up teams of worshippers from congregations of all shares and sizes. Ed is grateful for the opportunity to lead and cultivate a new team of worshippers. Ed brings his experience and gifts as a worship leader with his over 20 years in ministry to the forefront of everything he does as a minister of music. Bringing people to God’s throne is what drives Ed to continue God’s great purpose. You can contact Ed at ed@edmelendez.com.

Justin Bargery


Justin began serving at Open Bible Baptist Church in December of 2016. In March of the same year Justin and his wife Heather became the parents of a sweet little baby girl. His call to ministry began while he was still living in his hometown of Mississippi, though he prefers to claim the Memphis Tennessee area. He came to Colorado to help a friend start a church, and ended up becoming a student at the Nazarene Bible College, where he later graduated in 2016. Justin also spends his time working as an Assistant Manager at Cinemark Tinseltown.

twila-johnson-childrens-ministerTwila Johnson


Twila has been a member of Open Bible since 1991.  She has served in various leadership capacities, but has always had a passion for children!  Twila began serving as the Director of Children’s Ministry in November 2014.  She is married to Troy and they have 3 sons.