Open Bible Leadership
We are blessed to have a leadership team who is truly dedicated to Christ and accomplishing His will. Following are brief bioographies of our leadership team and their qualifications for ministry.
Charles (Chuck) Loftis
Chuck and his wife, Kelly, met in college, courted, began
ministering together, and married over 30 years ago. Raised in western Oregon,
Chuck was a stand-out athlete, avid outdoorsman, and the son of preachers.
A former youth pastor here (1989-1993), the church sent out and supported him and Kelly to plant churches (1993 in Spearfish, SD; 1996 in Bismarck, ND).
An alumni of New Hope Christian College in Eugene, Oregon, and having served on the college’s board, Chuck now serves on the board of directors for INSTE Global Bible College. Before coming to Open Bible, the Loftises resided in Colorado and served for five years as executive directors of Open Bible's Mountain Plains Region as well as director in three districts.
Chuck and Kelly share a passion for making disciples, facilitating community among believers, and developing and deploying leaders.
Brian is an Ordained Minister with Open Bible Churches and currently ministers as the Executive Pastor and Dream Kids Preschool and Children's Center Administrator. He served in various pastoral roles in West Virginia and South Dakota before joining the ministry team at Open Bible Church in June 2008. Brian graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in Finance and spent thirteen years in the corporate banking industry and two years in jewelry manufacturing. He enjoys food preservation, gardening and spending time with his family. He and his wife, Deanna, are the proud parents of two children, Ashlin and Braysin.
Daniel (Dan) Aughenbaugh
Worship Arts/Senior Adults Pastor
Having served OBC as the associate youth pastor from 2003 – 2007, Dan returned to our staff in 2011 to serve as the pastor of “Confluence,” our praise and worship ministry. Additionally, he also directs “Continuum,” our ministry to senior adults, leading them in area outings and meals for fellowship, as well as mobilizing seniors into vital ministry. Dan has been a licensed pastor with Open Bible Churches since 2004.
Pastor Dan and his wife Julie have been married for 30 years and have been performing musically since they met. They have three adult daughters, two son-in-laws, and four grandchildren. When he isn’t making music or cooking, Dan loves to go fishing, hunting, and spending as much time as possible outdoors by the water.
Christi joined the Open Bible staff in 2006 and has served as Early Childhood Pastor and Discipleship Pastor. She is currently Pastor of Education and serves as principal of Creekside Christian School (Open Bible’s K-6 elementary school) as well as the Academic Dean of Legacy School of Ministry (Open Bible’s ministry leadership training school). Christi’s heart is to walk beside people in their spiritual growth process and to help leaders develop and deploy to wherever God has called them. Christi has been licensed with Open Bible Churches since 2008 and ordained since 2012.
Pastor Christi and her husband Roy have been married for 20 years and together own and operate a ranch east of Rapid City. They have a grown son and daughter-in-law and a teenage daughter still at home. Christi enjoys cooking, teaching, and just about anything outdoors!
Matt has been a Christ-follower since childhood. He has been married to Ketura for nearly 25 years and is the father of five children and two new grandsons. Matt has been at OBC since 2004 and became the Youth Pastor in 2013. He leads a group of adults who minister to the Middle and High School age young people at OBC and the families connected to them. Matt has been a teacher/trainer for over two decades, teaching everything from self-defense and firearms to Bible studies. He is passionate to share the love of God with young people. His desire is to be used to bring them to an understanding of who God is and what God has done and to help young people find their God given purpose and equip them to serve faithfully in the Kingdom of God.
Children's Ministries Pastor
Kelly joined our team in April 2015. Her passion is helping kids grow closer to Jesus. Also, her desire is that the hour invested in Children’s Ministry will be the most exciting hour of their week. Kelly began ministering to children in her teen years and says, “The fire never goes out! This is where ministry to men and women begins.” Kelly is married to our senior pastor, Chuck Loftis. They love to invest time together outdoors fly fishing, hiking, and camping, as well as with their two grown sons, Jordan, married to Joelle who gave them their first granddaughter, Fallon, and Brandon, who lives in Bismarck, ND.
Jerry joined our team in 2018 as the Discipleship Pastor. Within CURRENT (our discipleship ministry), we find Christian Education, INSTE Bible College, and Legacy School of Ministry. Jerry is also our Reach Pastor which encompasses all of our outreach events, missions, life groups, and men's ministry.
Pastor Jerry and his wife Kim have been married for 29 years and have 4 children and 7 grandchildren.