Our Staff

DUANE SAYRE

Senior Pastor

Pastor Duane has been the Senior Pastor at San Jose Open Bible Church since September 1994. Prior to that, he served his first ten years of ministry as a Youth Pastor in Minnesota, Iowa and Oregon. He is a 1984 graduate of Open Bible College in Des Moines, Iowa with a degree in Pastoral Theology.

Pastor Duane has been active in the San Jose community through coaching various sports and is a Volunteer Community Chaplain with San Jose Police Department. His passion is to bridge the gap between the local church and the community it is called to serve in by providing a caring approach to building relationships.

A gifted communicator, Pastor Duane brings the Bible to life through relevant and current teaching, challenging its hearers to grow in their relationship with God. Through his leadership, the church has grown from its original twelve members to become a loving and safe place for people to heal and grow as they learn to connect with God, others and with the community around them.

Pastor Duane and his wife Rachel have four boys, Caleb, Joshua, Aaron and Luke and have been married since July of 1989.

You can contact Pastor Duane via email at revdas@sjopenbible.org or by calling the church office at 408.269.5779.

ANIBAL DE LA CRUZ

Youth Pastor

Pastor Anibal Astorga De La Cruz, has been ministering in San Jose since 2008. Originally from Santa Ana, Orange County California. He moved up to San Jose to study at San Jose State University. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Radio, Television, Film and Theatre Production.  It was while at San Jose State, that Anibal realized that he was called to ministry and his relationship to God along with serving Him became Anibal’s passion.

At San Jose State, Anibal was a part of Campus Crusade for Christ and started Destino San Jose State. A ministry that focused on reaching Latino Students and bringing them in to the body of Christ as disciples. Anibal was involved in evangelism, leading bible studies and received the highest honor as a student leader at SJSU for his ministry and community work. He went on to get intense training at Firehouse Men’s Discipleship Home for 3 years and completed the 3 years of Impact school of ministry. From there he has had opportunities to minister in Mexico, Peru and the Mediterranean. His priority is now Reckless Youth Ministry and developing disciples here. He is excited to use his ministry background in mentoring students.

In July of 2017. Anibal married Jennifer, the love of his life and best friend. Jen is a prayer warrior and leader of young women who is excited to share God’s love! She is an alumna from Valley Christian High School in San Jose, CA and Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego CA. Her training and experience in ministry is local and international (Honduras, Mozambique & Madagascar). Together they lead Redeemed Youth and volunteer and serve faithfully at SJOB.

LARRY WATERS

Worship Leader

Larry Waters moved to San Jose in March 2012. After leading worship at a church in Sacramento for three years, he was eager to find a new church home in San Jose. When Larry would visit family in San Jose, he would attend services at San Jose Open Bible where he met Pastor Duane Sayre. He began singing and playing guitar on the SJOB worship team in May 2012 and has been with us faithfully since.

STEPHANIE RYAN

Office Assistant & Pastoral Executive Assistant

Stephanie Ryan is the Pastoral Executive Assistant at Open Bible Church, San Jose. She has been attending the church since 1998. After getting married in 2009, she and her husband moved back to San Jose and have been consistently attending and serving since 2010. Stephanie finds joy in administrative work and has been in her position since 2015. She and her husband have both served in many ministries over the past years and are currently working on raising their two young children.