to the ends of the earth

Sharing the gospel near and far

Global Partners

it's our calling

From our inception, Oakwood Church has been convinced that Jesus included us in His exhilarating call to His followers: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20).

We are committed to a lifestyle of spiritual influence in our own backyards, in the Lake Country, in the greater Milwaukee area, nationally and internationally. Our goal is to be known as people who are living out Jesus’ mission with authenticity and by His Spirit’s leading in our own lives … and to partner with others who are doing the same around the world. We are energized by actively participating in what God’s doing to build His Kingdom heart by heart - bringing light to darkness - making a generation of disciplemakers.

With that in mind, we are honored and blessed to support several missions partners around the world. Please take some time to learn more about the Oakwood-supported global partners. For more information or questions, please email .

Gilbert and rachel balia | reachglobal

 is the GlobalFingerprints Congo Coordinator serving orphans in Congo.

Tanner and vivian carus | ethnos360

and Vivian are in the Philippines, immersing themselves in the culture. They're becoming fluent in the language in order to minister to the people there.

joey and emily cogliano | ethnos360 bible institute

and disciple and train students at Ethnos360 Bible Institute. Ethnos360 offers Bible and cross-cultural training with the purpose of planting churches among people groups without the gospel.

don and kim gillaspie | independent

 and Kim moved to Canada in 2007 to serve among a First Nations people group in British Columbia. They were with InterAct Ministries from 2005-2022. We continue to be a community of prayer support for them.

phil and elin henderson | ethnos360

 and  serve the Mwinika people of Mozambique as church planters and translators. They also serve the ministry leadership teams of Ethnos 360 around the world.

brad and katy jonswold | the navigators

Brad serves as Senior VP of Ministry Expansion for the U.S. Navigators. His responsibilities include overseas missionary sending, ministry among refugees and immigrants in the U.S., international student ministry, as well as campus, military, and city ministries. Katy is on staff leading various project teams, as well as supporting the Board of Directors. 

susie | ethnos360 mission

 serves as a linguist, Bible translator, and church planter.

tabitha price | wycliffe associates

Tabitha is a Bible translator with a primary focus on Asian countries. She is also the Vice President of Translation Services for Wycliffe Associates.

Paul and Jenn runnoe | cru

Paul and Jenn are working to win college students to Christ, build them up in their faith, and send them out to do their part to help fulfill the Great Commission. Their main ministry is at Marquette University.

jim and kelley sautner | Global Service Network

 is the founder and director of Deaf Mentoring Project. His mission is to help launch young adult Deaf/Hard of Hearing into a life of faith, friendship, and good work. is a prayer strategist.

avi t | tents of mercy

Avi is the Congregational Leader & Humanitarian Aid Director for Tents of Mercy in Israel. The organization exists to make Yeshua (Jesus) known to His own people and reach those in need. There are also five church congregations in the Galilee area that disciple, lead and grow believers in their faith.

drew and christine van tiem | New INternational

Drew and Christine are based in Edinburgh, Scotland, and work with New International. Learn more about them here.

OTHER Global outreach

Oakwood supports a couple who serve as international workers in a location where they are working to build cross-cultural relationships by tangibly ministering Christ’s love among marginalized populations in their community and to sharing the good news of the gospel. They are currently seeking to learn a new language in order to communicate with people in their heart language.

Oakwood also supports a couple whose ministry is dedicated to equipping new generations. This ministry uses a training process to make and multiply disciples through planting and reproducing churches. As God leads and directs, these grassroots leaders are going to the unreached and least-reached people groups in their countries.