Archbold, OH

New Pastor Enjoys Slower Pace, Open Skies Of Archbold

Wayne Gropp

Wayne Gropp

After 35 years of living in the Chicago area, Wayne and Janice Gropp say they enjoy the broad vistas and open skies of Archbold, along with the friendly people, slower pace, and lack of traffic.

Wayne is the new executive pastor at Archbold Evangelical Church. He was officially installed on July 25.

A native of New York City, Wayne attended Concordia Teacher’s College (now Concordia University) in River Forest, Ill.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in education, followed by a diploma from New Tribes Bible Institute, Waukesha, Wis., and a master’s in ministry from Moody Theological Seminary in Chicago.

He and Jan were missionaries in Chicago’s inner city areas. He founded the Good News Bible Church in Humboldt Park, where he was senior pastor for 30 years.

Wayne said he enjoys camping, canoeing, woodworking, reading and visiting historical sites.

With an interest in world missions, he has traveled extensively, including India and the Philippines. In 2002, he was a speaker and teacher at Action International Ministries Pastors’ Conference in Manila, Philippines.

The Gropps have two sons, Joel, 37, and Jonathan, 36, and four grandchildren.

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