Pastor Odle is the Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church and the Chairman of the school board at FBCS, having served here since 2011. Before coming to Elyria, Pastor Odle served as the Chaplain and Vice President of Enrollment and Student Life at Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary, his alma mater. Prior to serving at FBBC&TS, he was the Senior Pastor for nine years at Holmes Baptist Church near Clarion, Iowa and the Associate Pastor at Ankeny Baptist Church in Ankeny, Iowa. Pastor Odle is married to his high school sweetheart, Ruth. God has blessed them with four children, 3 of which attended FBCS. Ellen (married to Eric), Tori (Class of 2013), Julia (Class of 2016), and Carson (Class of 2020). They have been blessed with one grandchild.
In his free time, Pastor Odle cheers on his beloved Nebraska Cornhuskers football team and enjoys spending time outdoors, especially gardening and hunting. Pastor Odle’s greatest ministry passions are serving the people of First Baptist Church and its surrounding community, and preaching God’s Word in an expository manner with the goal of exalting the Lord and changing lives!