A Personal Message from Pastor Rob
Thanks for stopping by our church website friend! We hope that you will come to visit us this Sunday and we look forward to meeting you. We trust that you will be blessed, uplifted, and encouraged at the services of Rose Park Baptist Church. If we could answer any questions for you about our church or ministry don’t hesitate to call the church office or contact us via our email link.
May the Lord Richly Bless You,
Pastor Rob & Tawni
Our Church Staff
Pastor Rob & Tawni
Pastor Rob and Tawni Pophal were married in the summer of 1998 after being brought together by the Lord in their corporate employment. The Lord has allowed them to work and serve the Lord together for over twenty years. Pastor Pophal graduated from the Massillon Baptist College with a Divinity degree and Tawni graduated from a leading Northeast Ohio university with a degree in education. Pastor Rob was ordained to the gospel ministry at the Bethel Baptist Church of Ravenna, Ohio in 1996.
Pastor Rob and Tawni were both blessed to be raised in Christian homes and in two different good, Bible preaching and Bible-believing churches where they heard the good news of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, and both were saved at a young age. Both were blessed to attend several years of Christian school in their formative years.
Pastor Rob served as the Assistant Pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in Ravenna, Ohio where he along with Tawni served for ten years as the children’s ministry director, VBS coordinator, Sunday school teachers, and in many other ministries of the church.
In 2007 the Lord allowed them to step into full-time service at the Open Door Baptist Church of Lima, Ohio. There, serving as the Associate and Youth Pastor, he and Tawni both served in the youth ministry, church administration, and in many other church ministries and outreaches.
Pastor Rob accepted the call to become the Pastor of Rose Park Baptist in August of 2017 with Tawni assisting him as a part of the church administrative staff. Their first service was on September 10, 2017.
Pastor Tim & Amanda
Pastor Tim and Amanda both grew up in godly, Christian homes. Pastor Tim grew up in Kenya Africa as a missionary kid, and Amanda grew up in Lawton, Oklahoma. Pastor Tim received Jesus Christ as His Savior in August 2001. He went to Heartland Baptist Bible College, and met his wife, Amanda, at Southwest Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. Pastor Tim graduated with his master’s degree in Ministry, and Amanda graduated from Cameron University with a degree in music education. Amanda put her faith in the Lord Jesus on June 30, 2004. After getting married, they went to serve at Shawnee Baptist Church in Shawnee, Oklahoma for four years until the Lord moved them to Rose Park Baptist Church in Holland, Michigan. They are currently serving the Lord in the youth and bus ministries. God has blessed them with two children.
The leadership team of Rose Park Baptist Church is far more than just the Senior Pastor or even the Pastoral staff. The Pastoral staff is merely one part of a larger body working together for the cause of Christ. We are a team, a family of faith, made up of dedicated, serving men and women all doing our part. I want to thank the Deacons, Office Staff, Custodial Care, and the many ministry volunteers who make the work of the ministry possible here at Rose Park Baptist Church.
Rose Park Baptist Church was organized in May of 1958. Thirty-two people attended the first service which was held in Beechwood School. The church was incorporated on June 24, 1958, as an independent Baptist church under the leadership of Reverend Garland Cofield as founding pastor.
During the spring of 1959, the church began searching for a site on which to construct its first building. In the summer, the church purchased 5 ½ acres of land on Butternut Drive and construction began as the congregation met in a tent. The new facility was fully constructed with volunteer labor from the church membership.
Pastor David Smith became the pastor in March of 1987 and faithfully pastored the church until his retirement in the fall of 2016 serving twenty-nine years, the longest of any pastoral tenure in the history of the church.
The Lord has continued to bless the church in growth and membership throughout the years. We have added a new sanctuary, education wing, as well as many other updates to the property.
In 2017 the church called Pastor Robert Pophal to become its new pastor. Pastor Pophal along with his wife Tawni came to Rose Park having served the Lord for over twenty years in the ministry. The church is currently undergoing a season of rebuilding and revitalization across its campus and in every area of ministry.
In 2020 the church added to its pastoral staff Pastor Tim Mickey and family. They lead our student ministry and our bus ministry.
We trust that you will find Rose Park Baptist Church has a warm, receptive atmosphere. You will find people from all walks of life and backgrounds attend here. It is our desire to honor God with biblical preaching, practical teaching, God-honoring music, and a friendly atmosphere. There is no dress code or expectation that you give in an offering during our services.