For the past 50 years, Oakwood Community Church has been blessed with the stability and longevity of having only two senior pastors. One of those pastors, Bob Service, is now retired but continues to attend and stay active at our church. His presence adds to the continuity of our history and the friendly spirit that is a characteristic of OCC. In March of 2015, Don Jackson became the newest Lead Pastor at Oakwood. We're excited about how God will continue to build on the solid foundation of Oakwood's history, while helping us to continue to grow in our love for God and one another, our spiritual maturity, and our impact in the local community and around the world!
Don Jackson was introduced as Oakwood's new Lead Pastor in March of 2015 after months of prayer. Click here to learn more about the candidacy and read the official announcment from the elders.
Don is a dynamic, enthusiastic leader, with a proven record of relational ministry balanced in outreach and discipleship with the goal of developing disciples who are passionate and obedient followers of Jesus. He has been serving in ministry in a variety of roles for the past 25 years, including 20 years in pastoral ministry at Calvary Baptist Church in Battle Creek, Michigan. He graduated with his Bachelor of Religious Education from Cornerstone University in 1990, and received a Master of Ministry degree from Baptist Bible Seminary in 2013.
Don and his wife, Julie, have been married for over 20 years and have three children: Caitlin, 20, who is a sopohomore at Cornerstone University; Emily, 18, who is a senior in high school and plans to attend Michigan State University next fall; and Joshua, 12, who is in 6th grade.
Shane joined the church staff in January 2011 as Associate Pastor. He has a B.A. in Bible, Theology and Pastoral Ministry with a minor in N.T. Greek, and is working toward his Masters in Ministry Leadership from Columbia Bibliclal Seminary in Columbia, SC. Before coming to Oakwood, Pastor Shane served for seven years as a pastor at churches in Indiana and Ohio. Shane and his wife, Carrie, live in Oxford with their three children, Sam (12), Clara (10), and Aubree (9).
Pastor Shane oversees assimilation, small groups, the worship team and the multimedia ministries at Oakwood. He has been leading small groups and Bible studies for over 15 years and loves to help people get connected and grow in their faith.
This leadership chart provides a simple, visual overview of the leadership structure of Oakwood Community Church in a way that clarifies roles and responsibilities and enables effective communication and teamwork for our leaders and ministries. Each ministry represented lists the leader(s)/director(s) of that ministry, as well as a pastor or elder that oversees the ministry.
Brian Reynolds, Chairman - firstname.lastname@example.org
Don Jackson, Lead Pastor
Keith Hensler, Chairman - email@example.com
Fran joined the staff in 2001 and currently serves in the role of church administrator. She assists the pastors, manages the church office, and provides administrative support to all Oakwood's ministries. In addition, Fran maintains our computerized membership records and manages the church's master calendar. She coordinates facility use and does general office work.
Melisa is the newest addition to Oakwood's staff, joining the team in the summer or 2013. Melisa and her husband Jason have lived in Oxford since 2000. She has been a stay at home mom raising her two children, Ryan (12) and Courtney (8). Prior to staying home she worked in the banking industry for 14 years. She enjoys spending time with the family, watching her son play baseball and golf, and watching her daughter ride horses.