Pastor Daniel M. Obinger has been the Pastor of Griffith Baptist since 2014. Along with his role as senior pastor, Dan is the administrator of Calumet Christian School. Before taking the pastoral role, Dan served at Bible League International as the Executive Director of U.S. Ministry. He oversaw the ministry of providing Bibles, Scripture Materials & training to local churches throughout the United States. Prior to joining Bible League International in November 2011, he served at Moody Bible Institute in educational roles, as senior pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Highland, IN, and as an associate pastor at Grandville Baptist Church in Grandville, MI. A graduate of Baptist Bible College in Clarks Summit, PA, Dan earned his Masters of Theological Studies from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, MI.
Dan says: “I knew at a young age that God wanted me to work in ministry. My passion has long been to have His Word presented – from the pulpit, in the classroom and around the globe. I look forward to working with the incredible staff we have at Calumet Christian to build a school that truly makes an impact in NW Indiana.”
Andrew Scheltens Sr. has been the Children’s Ministry Pastor at Griffith Baptist Church since 2015. Andrew and his wife, Jessica, have a passion to help children and families grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ and to share the gospel with others. That passion for reaching families with the gospel has taken them as far as starting children’s churches in Ghana, West Africa and as close as Bible clubs in the local community schools. The theme of their life is to love God and love people. Their heartbeat is to build the kingdom of God by reaching the greatest mission field in the world: Children. Along with his role as children’s ministry pastor, Andrew has been a leader and volunteer of public school Good News Clubs in Lake County, Indiana. In the summer, Andrew and his family help conduct 5-Day Clubs in the local community and share the gospel with hundreds of children and families at the Lake County Fair with Child Evangelism Fellowship. Since coming to Griffith Baptist Church, Andrew and Jessica have helped to restart the Children’s Sunday School and Children’s Church. Andrew and his wife Jessica live in Merrillville, Indiana with their 7 children: Jessalynn, Andrew Jr. (A.J.), Andreanna, Trina, Addelyn, Jay, and Titus.
Bradley Knight is an intern at Griffith Baptist, focusing primarily on leading Sunday morning worship. Hired in the fall of 2017, Bradley says: “With this internship, I am not only learning to lead but to serve as well.” Before taking this internship, Bradley graduated from Calumet Christian School. While at CCS, he led chapel for 4 1/2 years and graduated as Valedictorian. Currently, Bradley is attending Purdue University Northwest, where he wants to graduate with a degree in Broadcast Communication.
Bradley’s favorite bible verse is Romans 8:31 which states, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” He says this is his favorite verse because it reminds him that no matter what stands in his way, God is with him.
Wallace and Ruth Choate, Custodian and Secretary