Pastor Steve grew up in Milwaukee. He was saved in his early teens at the end of the Jesus people Movement. He was disciples in a local church and felt a call to ministry. He went to Bible College in Iowa and Seminary near Washington D.C. where he earned a TH.M. in Theology and developed a love for Church history and the Biblical languages of Greek and Hebrews. He has graduate degrees in Church History as well. Steve has pastored 4 local churches and came to Oak Grove in 2006. He has also taught in Eastern Europe. He is married to Pam. They have a daughter, Sarah, who is married to Max Ray and lives in Ohio with Steve and Pam’s first grandchild- Samuel who was born in July 2017. They also have a son named Avery who lives in Columbia City, and works part time at the church doing the indoor custodial work. Steve is a huge Green Bay Packer fan and frequently torments the Bears fans in the congregation who return the favor!
Steve’s desire is that he and Pam be used to help people “grow in grace and knowledge of the lord Jesus” by any and every means possible.
Pastor Phil has been involved in church music almost his entire life. The son of a pastor, Phil grew up helping with the music in the local church form playing piano to directing small church choirs. He attended Grace College of the Bible in Omaha, NE on a music scholarship and studied church music and performance. Later Phil graduated from Ohio Christian University with a Bachelor's Degree in Ministry and Leadership. After several years serving in the United States Navy, Phil begin his ministry as a Worship Pastor serving in California, Illinois, and Indiana before coming to Oak Grove nearly 6 years ago to lead worship ministries. He has been married to Billie Sue for 32 wonderful years and they have 4 grown boys; Jordan, Matthew, Devon, & Spencer. An avid football, Phil roots for his beloved Nebraska Cornhuskers and Green Bay Packers and enjoys playing golf, riding his motorcycle and playing with his two dogs. With a heart for worship, Pastor Phil encourages us each Sunday to live lives of worship throughout the week so that our corporate worship each Sunday morning is full and complete.
Pastor Zach has been at Oak Grove since August 2017. He has been married to his best friend, Andrea, since October 2010. They have two amazing kids, Lane (6) and Leena (4). Zach graduated with a Bible degree from Moody Bible Institute. Zach is an avid sports fan and could talk to you about almost every sport known to man. Some of his favorite teams are Michigan State and every Detroit team! Zach and Andrea both have a passion for teenagers and kids and love to meet them where they are at. They have a passion to spread the Gospel, to build relationships, and to see students grow in their faith.
Connie grew up in LaPorte, Indiana. She went to Taylor University where she earned a B.S. in Elementary Education, and to I.U. Fort Wayne Campus where she earned a M.S. in Elementary Education. She taught at Churubusco Elementary for 34 years before retiring in 2005. She, also, became an EMT, and a year later a Paramedic with Whitley County Hospital where she volunteered for 12 years. She is an avid traveler, having visited all 50 states, as well as Australia, and 13 European countries. She enjoys reading, collecting Disney items, and spending time with family and friends.