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Pastor Dan Pope is a third generation Open Bible pastor with a passion for preaching and teaching God's word in a relevant way. Before coming to the Open Bible Church in Belvidere, Dan served as a youth and college pastor for nearly twenty years in Ottumwa, Iowa. In 2003 he and his wife Miriam founded a ministry for the teenage children of pastors and missionaries providing seminars and retreats at national conventions. Pope Family PictureDan spent the first six years of his life in Liberia Africa where his parents were missionaries and the rest of his childhood growing up in Jefferson, Iowa and Rockford, Illinois. He has a degree in Pastoral Ministries from New Hope Christian College in Eugene, Oregon. Dan and his wife Miriam have two children: Caelan and Rian. Together they are passionate about Jesus Christ, and their desire is to reach their community and world with the hope of Jesus. Over the years Dan has written numerous magazine articles and Dan and Miriam co-authored a book together called "Broken Healer" which was published in 2012. Find out more about Dan and Miriam at their website

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Posted: June 18, 2020


I am not one to express an opinion outside of the biblical arena, but have been asked what I think of all that is happening in regards to COVID-19 and wearing facemasks. If I didn’t work at a hospital and see all I’ve seen especially in the CCU, I would be skeptical about all of it as many are…but I can’t unsee what I’ve seen or give a father back to an 8 and 10 year old or a 20 week stillborn son back to a mom with COVID.

I go out more than recommended (confession) but always wear a mask even though I don’t like to. I do it for the safety of others more than myself as I am often by the bedside of those who have COVID19. I don’t wear it out of fear but because of wisdom and respect for others. I wear it because it brings peace to the person standing 6 feet behind me at the store or the grocery clerk 2 feet away behind their plexiglas shield. I wear a mask because it gives me the opportunity to talk to people face-to-face about the giver of peace in the chaos of COVID and the fear it has brought.

My facemask has allowed me to wait longer in line and talk to people I would have rushed past in the business of my day. For those who have felt shy talking to others…your facemask gives you the anonymity to be bold😁Facemask Evangelism…give it a try😷

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