Pastor Richard Bickelhaupt graduated from Massillion Baptist College with his bachelor of divinity, and he earned a Master of Religious Education degree from Andersonville Baptist Seminary. In 1986, he founded Grace Baptist Church along with his wife, Gail, and their three young children. The work began in Oak Harbor’s American Legion Hall, but after several months, and many prayers, the church acquired the old Methodist church building on the corner of Church and Ottawa Streets. As the work grew in spirit and number, the Lord allowed for Grace Baptist Church to purchase land just west of the village and construct new facilities. Today, the church continues to grow and it strives to be a shining light Oak Harbor and its neighboring communities.