Roger O.

Roger O.
November 17, 2017

When I was a child in Des Moines we called it “19th and Crocker” or just “First Church.” It was our “mother church,” so to speak. My parents were married there and my mother’s funeral was there. Some of my earliest memories are of exploring every corner of the building when I was four years old. My stepmother was Frank Smith’s (First Church’s pastor) secretary and she took me to work with her until I entered kindergarten. We attended Open Bible Standard Churches’ annual conventions there in the 1950s. My parents were all graduates of Open Bible Institute and my father pastored an OBSC church in Des Moines, so “19th and Crocker” was the hub of religious activity for us.

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