Emmaus Bible Church– A Brief History
In the summer of 2008 the elders of Omaha Bible Church (OBC) established a campus in Sarpy County. The goal of this ministry was to begin a gospel-centered ministry in this community. OBC-South began meeting at Bellevue West High School on Sunday mornings. After God’s evident blessing of OBC “South” in its first two years, the elders moved to transition from a campus to a church plant. This is a result of the elders being convinced that there was qualified leadership in place, a strong and committed core group of members, and progress towards making an impact in Sarpy County. Therefore, in September of 2010, “OBC-South” was renamed “Emmaus Bible Church.” The OBC elders affirmed Erik Raymond, Dave Pugh, and Josh Thiessen as the church plant elders at Emmaus.
In September, 2011 Emmaus became a fully independent local church. We continued to meet in Bellevue West High School while raising money for a more permanent location.
In March of 2012 Emmaus purchased the historic Wheeler Presbyterian church building. God answered and exceeded so many of our prayers in providing this building for Emmaus. Its beauty, functionality, and affordability continue to remind us of God’s Fatherly love for his people.
In September, 2012 the Emmaus elders sent Pastor Josh Thiessen and his core team out to Gretna, Nebraska to plant Providence Bible Church. We marvel at God’s continued grace to allow us to partner in church planting here in our early days as a church. We also continue to pursue other opportunities for gospel-advancement in our area.