Pastoral Staff at Oakley Christian Church


Jason Whyte, Lead Pastor

Started on staff:  June of 2014

Family:  Wife, Heidi and kids Karsten (18) and Chloe (11)

What I like best about my ministry:  I love ministry in general, but my favorite part of ministry is to see that Aha moment when God changes a life.  That life change moment that only God can do!
Favorite Bible verse:  Psalm 46:10 (This is a constant reminder for me about who really is running the show and it’s not me!!)
Favorite Books or books that have I have enjoyed: Jesus + Nothing = Everything by Tullian Tchividjian (Billy Graham’s grandson); Confessions of a reformission Rev by Mark Driscoll; Raving Fans by Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles; Refuel by Doug Fields  
For Fun I Enjoy: Hunting, fishing, hanging out with my family, traveling somewhere new, a great cup of coffee and great conversation, being outside, serving others

Jason Schmidt, Youth/Associate Pastor

Started on staff:  May of 1998

Family:  Wife Wendy and kids – Tegan (18); Will (16); Eli (12) and Jonah (7).  
What I like best about my ministry:  Watching God work in people’s lives  
Favorite Bible verse:  2 Peter 3:9
A few books that improved my life:  Other than The Bible, of course.  Through the Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot; No Wonder They Call Him Savior by Max Lucado; Developing Leaders Around You by John Maxwell
For Fun I Enjoy:  Long walks on the beaches of Oakley; Flying RC planes; Hiking in the mountains; and Scrapbooking
Other Staff at Oakley Christian Church

Rhonda Abell, Office Manager

Started on staff:  October of 2010

Family:  Husband Dwight and kids – Hannah, married to Ethan Pauls and grandson, Owen.  Laura married to Auston Holzmeister; Wyatt (19), and Ethan (17)

What I like best about my ministry:  Encouraging people!
Favorite Bible verse:  II Timonthy 1:7
Favorite Books: Redeeming Love; The Bible; Pride & Prejudice Favorite Movies:  Pride & Prejudice; Meet the Robinsons; Letters to Juliet; The Blind Side; One Night With the King, I Can Only Imagine
For Fun I Enjoy:  Being with my family; Sitting on the porch with a cup of coffee; taking pictures.   Love watching movies with the family at home while the fire is going!  Always love a SNOW DAY!!