Our core beliefs are centered in Christ and His message as supported by Scripture. More obscure doctrine, as well as controversial issues about which the Bible is silent, are not taught, endorsed or adhered to by our church. On these issues we take no official/dogmatic position. We believe that the main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. The main thing is Christ, Him crucified and God's Holy Word as our final authority for faith and practice of the Lord's church.
We believe the Bible to be the only infallible, inspired, authoritative Word of God. As such it is our final authority for all matters of faith and Christian practice.
2 Timothy 3:14-16
We believe that there is one God eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He is the Creator of all things.
Genesis 1:1; John 1:1; Matthew 3:16-17; 2 Corinthians 13:14
We believe in Jesus Christ, God in human flesh, born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, came to this world to die for our sins, and was bodily raised from the dead. We believe that Jesus will return to earth physically a second time.
Luke 1:34-35; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Hebrews 4:15; Acts 1:11; Revelation 19:11-16
We believe in the Holy Spirit, who is an active and operative part of the triune God, and who dwells in every Christian.
John 16:5-15; Acts 1:7-8; Romans 8:26-27; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 6:19;
2 Timothy 1:14
We believe that man, created by God, willfully sinned and as a result is lost and without hope apart from receiving Jesus Christ.
Romans 3:23; 6:23; Acts 4:12
We believe that salvation - forgiveness of sins - is available only by the grace of God through the blood of Jesus Christ. This free gift of forgiveness is offered to all who receive Christ as Lord and Savior. We believe the Bible clearly teaches the pattern to receive Christ is to believe in Jesus as God's Son and Savior of the world, repent of personal sin, confess Christ publicly, and be baptized. We believe that death seals the eternity of each person. Those who are forgiven will spend eternity with God in heaven; those not forgiven will be eternally separated from God in hell.
Ephesians 2:8-9; Colossians 2:6; John 3:16; Romans 10:9; Acts 2:36-38; Mark 16:16; Hebrews 9:27; John 5:28-29; Daniel 12:2; 2 Corinthians 4:14; Acts 17:31
We believe that the Church is the body and bride of Christ on earth, founded on the day of Pentecost, consisting of all Christians everywhere. We believe the Bible teaches that the Elders are to exercise authority over the local congregation.
We believe that full immersion under water is the prescribed mode of baptism as indicated by Jesus' own example and command, and best depicts our union in His death, burial, and resurrection.
Matthew 16:13-18; Acts 2:14-47; Acts 20:28; Philippians 1:1; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9;
1 Peter 5:1-4; Mark 1:9-10; Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4
Eric serves as Senior Minister of Oakwood Christian Church. He's been on Oakwood's staff since March of 2003 but assumed his role as the Senior Minister in September 2008. Eric never dreamed he'd one day be leading the church he grew up in. He married his wife Amy in 1997 and they have 3 precious girls, Madalyn, Abigail and Isabel. Eric's role as Senior Minister is to be the spiritual leader of the Oakwood family, the primary Bible teacher and the communicator of Oakwood's mission, vision, and values.
Rusty joined the Oakwood staff in March 2020. He is responsible for the Worship & Production
Ministries at Oakwood. Rusty loves leading the body of Christ into worship and believes the
message of Christ is allows strongest when we are unified through the Holy Spirit in worship
under the truths of the Gospel.
Sports Outreach Minister
Heath Kehnemund joined the Oakwood staff in September 2019. Heath believes that your body and faith need to be equally strong and loves seeing both strengthened through studying the word and training physically. Heath oversees the Oakwood Activity Center and is responsible for outreach.