Who We Are
We are gospel-centered.
Jesus Christ is still saving souls and changing lives. Our desire is that all in Missoula may know the love God has for them in the person of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that people need Jesus, and they hear that message through our lips and our lives. When a person receives Christ as their Savior, their life can and should be transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit living within them. We have the responsibility to live out the gospel before the eyes of others so they can “see” the change Christ Jesus has made in our lives.
We are saved.
You can’t get “the cart ahead of the horse”. A walk with God must begin with a relationship with God through His Son, Christ Jesus the Lord. Salvation is a free gift from God that is to be received by you. Being saved is as simple as A-B-C: Admit you have sinned against God, Believe Christ Jesus died on the cross for all your sins, & Call upon the Lord to save you by opening your heart to Him through prayer.
We are Independent, Bible believing Baptists.
Independent simply means we are an independent, self governing body of believers accountable to the Lord Jesus Christ. We are led by our Pastor and supported by our own personal giving. Bible believing simply means that we believe that the Bible is the word of God and the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. A simple acronym that explains our Baptist Faith is:
Bible is the sole authority
Autonomous (We are an Independent, self-governing body accountable to the Lord Jesus Christ)
Priesthood of all Believers (All the saved have equal access to God)
Two Ordinances Observed: The Lord’s Supper & Baptism. Neither are necessary for salvation.
Individual Soul Liberty
Separation of Church and State
Two Offices of the church: Pastor and Deacon
About Pastor Haveman
Pastor John Haveman was a high school teacher and coach in his home state of North Dakota where a dairy farmer, who was a member of the Gideon organization, led him to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ in the spring of 1976. This farmer gave him a New Testament, and for the first time the Bible made sense to him. He found himself wanting to learn more of this wonderful book, and to this end he and his wife Jane were led of God to the ministry of Dr. Ken Blue in Lynnwood, Washington where they were trained for the ministry.
In October of 1981 they were sent out from that church to start a church in Bismarck, ND where they were for almost six years. Upon leaving that church in the care of another man they moved to Missoula, MT where they started Open Door Baptist Church in their living room on January 7, 1988. The church has met in various places until they finally purchased their present one-acre location in the middle of Missoula at 135 Knowles Street.
Today, the three Haveman sons are pastors in Post Falls, Idaho (Tim), Kalispell, MT (David) and Bismarck, ND (Daniel). Their oldest daughter Sarah is a missionary’s wife in Kona, Hawaii, and their other two daughters Rebekah and Rachel are presently serving with their families in the Missoula church. Pastor Haveman and his wife have 22 grandchildren.