John came to Oakland in 2013 and has been in ministry for 20 years. He understands that this journey we call Christianity is all about relationships and transformation. One of John’s goals as a minister is to help people understand that “God is bigger than you think!” and that we are loved and worth something. John has been married to his wife Amanda for 19 years and has a daughter, Eden who is 13. He received his B.A. degree from Warner University and his M.Div. from Bethany Theological Seminary. Currently, he is pursuing his doctorate degree.
Mike began participation at Oakland in 2007, after serving as pastor and retirement community chaplain for 38 years. He is a graduate of Manchester College and Bethany Theological Seminary. While serving as pastor and chaplain, he completed two nine-month units of Clinical Pastoral Education. He was ordained in 1965 and retired in 2004. Mike and Barb were married in 1962. They have three children and five grandchildren. His pastoral care focus is to listen, care and support.
Diana is the church administrative assistant for Oakland Church and has attended Oakland for many years. Not only does Diana administer office needs; but she is the kitchen coordinator and head cook of all church-related events here at Oakland. With her love of cooking, Diana has begun a small catering business and does special occasion cakes. If you don’t find her in our kitchen, you will see her preparing and cooking to feed the hungry at the Grace Resurrection Community Center in Greenville.
Diana also loves to read and garden. She is married to Patrick Samsel and has three adult children; Rick, Charlie, and Lizzy. She also has two grandchildren, Calvin and Elden.
Mike has been attending Oakland for 20 years and continues to serve as the business coordinator since 2001. He is a member of the Faithful Servants Sunday school class and the Praise Band. He enjoys worshipping at Oakland and is appreciative of all the welcoming people their belief for serving others. Mike lives in Greenville with his wife Alice. Their family includes a daughter Whitney, son-in-law Joe, and a beautiful granddaughter Brooke.
Heather has been attending Oakland since her childhood. She is married to her husband Jeremy and is the mother of twin boys, Asher and Eli. She served in the children’s ministry for three years before she became the director of children’s ministry in 2015. She believes this program is a top priority at Oakland. Proverbs 22:6 says “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.” She strongly believes this verse holds true to the children’s ministry at Oakland and strives to create a biblical learning environment to encourage and guide the children at Oakland in their relationship with God. It is not only the children who can learn in the children’s ministry, but the adults who can learn from the children as well.