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 missionaries around the world. Please take some time to learn more about the Oakwood-supported missionaries. And, visit the mission board by the upper lobby welcome desk to learn specific ways you can be praying for them.
Gilbert and rachel balia | reachglobal
joey and emily cogliano | ethnos360 bible institute
Joey and Emily 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 | interact ministries
and Kim joined InterAct in 2005 and moved to Canada in 2007 to serve among a First Nations people group in British Columbia.
hans and kristen gochenaur | youth for christ
serves as the Youth For Christ Campus Life Director in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. This high school ministry combines healthy relationships with creative programs to help young people make good choices, establish a solid foundation for life, and positively impact their schools.
phil and elin henderson | ethnos360
and and their family serve with Ethos360 Mission as church planters among the Mwinika people of Mozambique, Africa.
brad and katy jonswold | the navigators
Brad serves as Senior VP for the U.S. Navigators and Katy serves on various Navigators project teams.
susie locklin | ethnos360 mission
is assisting many Ethnos360 missionaries in translation training around the world, providing instruction and teaching to others to assist in various ways to bring the gospel to a variety of people groups.
tabitha price | wycliffe associates
Tabitha, with Wycliffe Associates , lives in the U.S. She works with teams around the world to bring the gospel message.
jim and kelley sautner | CRU
and Kelly are serving in Austin, TX with CRU . They are launching a new CRU ministry in Texas for the deaf. They hope to develop a model that can be shared on a national level in the years ahead. Their deaf son is partnering with them and they already are developing a team and learning American Sign Language.
avi t | tents of mercy
Serving in Israel with Tents of Mercy, Avi is the congregational leader and humanitarian aid director.
drew and christine van tiem | christian associates international
Drew and Christine are working in Edinburgh, Scotland where they are hoping to develop new expressions of church and Christian community, while working with existing churches and community projects.
Outreach in india
This Oakwood-supported ministry in India and Myanmar is dedicated to equipping new generations. It 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.
Oakwood supports Shepherds College in Union Grove, Wisconsin. Shepherds College inspires a lasting awareness of God's plan for the lives of it's post-secondary students who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. They gain vocational, social and life skills through education and training.