Leadership Team

Dakota Smith

Lead Pastor

Dakota moved to Kansas in January of 2020 after spending most of his adult life in Arizona. Starting in high school, he became born again after a brief high school rebellion stage, and ended up catching on fire for Jesus from that moment onward. For the last 14 years, Dakota has kept a desire to see the lost saved, and has adopted the everyday purpose of living sent as a missionary before his community. In 2017, Dakota finished graduate school at Grace School of Theology with an emphasis in pastoral ministry. After serving as a basketball coach, youth pastor, missionary, college & young families pastor, and a high school Bible teacher, Dakota accepted the call to become Lead Pastor at Ottawa Bible Church. He and his wife, Shannon, are passionate about the town of Ottawa and Franklin County. They both feel convinced that God has moved them to Kansas in order to graciously build a multi-generational ministry which will impact local families for years to come. Together, they have three little children (Selah, Josiah, and Hosanna) and believe that ministry first begins in the home before it moves out to the streets. Interesting fact: Dakota believes the Dallas Cowboys will win the Super Bowl every year. Pastor Dakota can be reached at: obcdakotasmith@gmail.com

Kyle Morris

Associate Pastor

Kyle moved to Kansas in October of 2020 to serve as the Pastor of Discipleship. Even though raised in a Christian family, Kyle struggled throughout high school to really understand the importance of Jesus. Multiple influences throughout high school helped in developing his understanding and faith in Jesus Christ. Kyle started interning in youth ministry at the age of 18 years old and attended Arizona Christian University. He earned a bachelors’ degree in Behavioral Health and a minor in Bible. Kyle has served youth in many capacities through the mental health field and in the church. He served as Pastor of Student Ministries in Chandler, AZ for 5 years before joining Ottawa Bible Church. Kyle is joined by his wife, Kelsey and son, Conrad. “Discipleship is not an option; it has to be the response of all those who follow Jesus Christs” - Pastor Kyle

Gary Miller

Elder Team

Gary Miller and his wife, Pam, live in Ottawa, Kansas. They were married on August 7, 1976, the year of the bicentennial celebration. God blessed them with a son (Christopher) and a daughter (Meghan) who are both married and live outside of Kansas. Gary was raised in Colorado for part of his childhood, but his parents eventually returned to Kansas in the mid-1960s. After graduating from Pomona High School, Gary attended Emporia State University and then the University of Kansas. He later transferred to and graduated from Washburn University. Pam was raised in Shawnee, Kansas, graduating from Shawnee Mission Northwest High School. She obtained both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Emporia State University. While attending grade school in Hooper, Colorado, Gary accepted Christ as his Savior. His spiritual growth was stagnant, though, and he drifted from fellowship with God during his high school and college days. He contributes the exemplary character and faith of his wife, Pam, as drawing him back to the Lord. She is a precious friend and trusted life companion to Gary. Pam and Gary began attending Ottawa Bible Church in February of 1990. They are so appreciative and grateful for God’s blessings in their lives and for the work He has done and continues to do through the church.

Mike Selman

Elder Team

Mike Selman lives southwest of Ottawa with his wife of 35 years, Kay. He was born in south Alabama and moved to Kansas when he was 9 and except for three years in North Carolina, has lived in Ottawa since. The Selmans have four children and three grandchildren. Both Mike and Kay graduated from Kansas State University. Mike grew up attending a local church in Ottawa and was comfortable with his religion. When he was in high school his friends invited him to their church’s youth group where they watched the movie “A Thief in the Night”. After learning of the events described in Revelation, for the first time, Mike knew his religion was not going to save him from the coming tribulation or spending eternity in hell. It was that night that he learned salvation was by faith not my works, Eph 2:8-10 and 1 Peter 1:18-19, and that he could be sure of his salvation John 10:27-30. Mike and Kay began attending Ottawa Bible when they moved back from North Carolina in 1990. Both Mike and Kay have served in several capacities since then and are thankful for a bible teaching church in which to raise their children. When Mike is not spending time with his grandchildren he enjoys woodworking projects and duck hunting.

Fred Martin

Elder Team

Fred Martin and his wife Rhoda reside in rural Princeton, Kansas. Fred and Rhoda have been married since August 15, 1970 and the Lord has blessed them with four children and three grandchildren. Fred is a lifelong resident of Franklin County having graduated from Ottawa High School and Kansas State University. Rhoda was raised in Kansas City, Kansas and is a graduate of Washington High School and Kansas State University. Fred came to trust in Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and Lord shortly after his marriage to Rhoda and as a direct result of her faithful witness to our Lord. Rhoda’s firm trust in Christ and His written Word irritated him enough to cause him to read the Bible for myself! Although Fred had a church background from his youth, he considered the Bible to be a collection of fairy tales and fables. God used this passage from Matthew 7:21-23,”“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’” Fred was convicted of his guilt before a holy and Righteous God which lead him to the Mercy of Jesus Christ. The Martins began attending Ottawa Bible Church in the fall of 1977, a few months before the birth of their first child. They have served in many different ways at Ottawa Bible Church, including Youth Pastor and Interim Pastor (for 3 years!) and state they have been, in turn, ministered to by their friends. Interesting fact?? The farm on which Fred lives was purchased by his Great-Grandfather in 1872. Both his Grandmother and Father were born on this farm.

Al Seeger

Elder Team

Al grew up in a small rural town in Western New York. He came to Ottawa, Kansas in the early 70’s to attend Ottawa University and play soccer. After graduating he and Teri Higgins were married and made Ottawa their home. They were blessed with four children, Kara, Ryan, Tracy and Adam, and now enjoy spending time with their seven grandchildren. Although Al attended church while growing up in New York, he didn’t start a personal relationship with Jesus until his freshman year at Ottawa University. The Holy Spirit used the witness of several OU students who were walking with God, to show him that only knowing about God was missing the mark. His journey with Jesus began in the fall of 1971, during a revival in Wichita, KS. Al enjoys helping others and has been developing a couple of hobbies, woodworking and basket weaving. Other interests include spending time with friends and family, traveling, fishing and hiking in the mountains and woods. He and Teri started attending OBC in 1976 and have been active in the church ever since.

Paul Rhodes

Deacon Team

Paul Rhodes was born and raised in Franklin County. His parents and sister all attend OBC. He is married to Rachel Rhodes and they have 5 children: Nathan, Jacob, Zadie, Gideon, and Elsa. Paul was saved at the age of 4 in his kitchen, with his mom helping him understand his need for Jesus as his Savior. Paul enjoys fishing with his kids, shooting with his family and friends, building projects around the house, gardening and lawn work, playing games both indoor and outdoor, and having just about anyone over for a meal or get together

Jared Dean

Deacon Team

Ottawa native, Jared Dean, was raised in a Christian home and trusted Christ for salvation as a young child. He is humbled to be able to serve within the local body where he grew up. He is particularly passionate about apologetics ministries, which encourage believers to understand how they can have a reasoned defense for the hope that lies within them, with meekness and fear (1 Peter 3:15). One of his favorite books of the Bible is Ecclesiastes. Jared lives a few miles outside of town with his wife, Christina, and four children. A skilled tradesman, Jared has experience as a painter, builder, and mechanic. He currently works in maintenance. Jared enjoys legos, watching westerns, being outdoors, cutting wood, hunting, grilling, and spending time with his family.

Allen Rogers

Deacon Team

Allen and his wife Theresa have lived in the rural Lawrence/Baldwin City area for their entire married life. They are both graduates of John Brown University where they met shortly after arriving on campus their freshman year. They were married the day after graduation four years later. They have two children and four grandchildren. Allen was raised in a Christian home and came to a personal relationship with Christ in his early teens. He is a retired chemist and environmental manager from Farmland Industries.

Ryan Higbie

Deacon Team

Teri Seeger

Office Secretary

Teri Seeger was raised to believe in Jesus, but it took a serious car accident when she was 18 to wake her up to her need for something more than just believing. As her car spun in an intersection from the impact of being hit broadside by a city bus, her life flashed before her. Through this experience she realized a spiritual void in her life. Her car was totaled but she was told she was “lucky” to be alive by the ambulance attendants. As “luck” would have it, she attended Ottawa University the next fall and was led into a meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior through the influence of her Christian roommate. This is also where she met her future husband, Al. They were married in 1975 and have 4 children and 7 grandchildren. Teri loves writing, gardening, bird watching, sunrises, sunsets, stargazing, and spending time with family and friends. Teri can be reached at: obchurch@sbcglobal.net

Rachel Rhodes

AWANA Director

Rachel Rhodes has deep roots in Franklin County. She began attending Ottawa Bible as a child after her family became involved in Awana. Rachel came to know, love, and serve Jesus as her Savior through Awana and discipleship at OBC, developing her enthusiasm for teaching the truths of the Bible. Rachel and her husband, Paul, have 5 children and live just outside of Ottawa. She enjoys cooking and feeding people, flowers and gardening, coffee, and peace and quiet.

Ashley Sands

Social Media Coordinator

Ashley has lived in Ottawa her entire life and grew up attending Awana and youth group at Ottawa Bible. It was after Awana one night, around the age of 8, that she accepted Christ as her savior! Ashley enjoys baking and has made a living out of making custom sugar cookies. She has gained some experience managing social media for her business, and applies those tools to OBC as well. Ashley and her husband Brandon currently live in Ottawa and love learning and talking about theology, playing basketball, and watching the Chiefs win! Ashley loves the Lord with all her heart and enjoys learning more about Him. Ashley is so grateful to be back at the church that helped lead her to Christ, and is thrilled to serve the Lord and the church by managing OBC’s various social media platforms!

Sarah Starrett

Children's Ministry Coordinator