We live in Astoria, New York, where Pete pastors the Open Door Bible Baptist Church. Called “The Miracle on 35th Street”, Open Door has been in existence for 24 years, meeting in a renovated Jewish synagogue which our church purchased in 1996. Iglesia Bautista Internacional, pastored by Bro. Jose Saravia, meets in the basement of the church.
Open Door Bible Baptist Church has planted two other churches in New York City. The first church plant was Cornerstone Bible Baptist Church in Fleischmanns, NY, in 2008. The second church plant was the Union Baptist Church in 2015 in Greenpoint, pastored by Bro. Mike Newburger. Currently, we are raising money to renovate an historic Baptist church where the members of Union Baptist Church can meet. You can read about this incredible adventure here.
Julia began writing songs in the 1980s and has continued to use her gift of song writing for the Lord’s glory. You can find sheet music for many of her songs at our website. Click the “Sheet Music” tab.
We have twelve children: Peter (married to Ashley; two children: Peter and Chloe); Sarah (married to Chad Hainline; one child: Pamela), Andrew, Rachel (engaged to Leland Hale), Hannah, Stephen, Deborah, Ruthann, Phillip, Esther, Joseph, and Jason. Peter, Sarah, and Andrew are alumni of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK; Rachel graduates May 2016; Hannah and Stephen are currently students; and Deborah will soon follow in their footsteps.