Meet oakwood's staff and leaders

At Oakwood we are blessed to have dozens of gifted men and women serving to lead our ministries and teams.  Below you can get to know our Staff members, Elders, and Deacons.  You can get to know our ministry leaders on their pages throughout our website.

our Staff

Oakwood has a gifted and dedicated staff that loves working together and using their gifts to serve God and His people.

  • don jackson

    lead pastor

    PD@OAKWOODCC.ORG

    Don Jackson was introduced as Oakwood's new Lead Pastor in March of 2015 after months of prayer.  Don (a.k.a. "PD") is a dynamic, enthusiastic leader, with a proven record of relational ministry balanced in outreach and discipleship with the goal of developing disciples who are passionate and obedient followers of Jesus. He has been serving in ministry in a variety of roles for the past 25 years, including 20 years in pastoral ministry at Calvary Baptist Church in Battle Creek, Michigan. He graduated with his Bachelor of Religious Education from Cornerstone University in 1990, and received a Master of Ministry degree from Baptist Bible Seminary in 2013.


    Don and his wife, Julie, have been married for over 20 years and have three children: Caitlin, 21, who is a junior at Cornerstone University; Emily, 19, who is a freshman at Michigan State University, and Joshua, 13, who is in 7th grade.

  • shane stec

    associate pastor

    SHANE@OAKWOODCC.ORG

    Shane joined the church staff in January of 2011 as Associate Pastor.  Pastor Shane currently oversees Oakwood's small group ministry, as well as the worship and tech teams. He also works to get new people connected at Oakwood.  He has been leading small groups and Bible studies for over 20 years and loves to help people get connected and grow in their faith. He has a B.A. in Bible, Theology and Pastoral Ministry with a minor in N.T. Greek from Multnomah Bible College in Portland, Oregon, and has completed most of the requirements towards a Masters in Ministry Leadership from Columbia Biblical Seminary in Columbia, SC.  Before coming to Oakwood, he served for seven years as a pastor at churches in Indiana and Ohio working in the areas of church renewal and church planting. 


    Shane and his wife, Carrie, have been married for 19 years and live in Oxford with their three children, Sam (13), Clara (11), and Aubree (10), and their neice, Caitlyn (10).


  • fran maddock

    office manager & bookkeeper

    OFFICE@OAKWOODCC.ORG

    Fran joined the staff in 2001 and currently serves in the role of church administrator. She assists the pastors, manages the church office, and provides administrative support to all Oakwood's ministries. In addition, Fran handles the church's bookkeeping and provides expense information to the budget committee. She enjoys family gatherings on Sunday afternoon and spending time with her six grandchildren.

  • Melisa hall

    administrative assistant

    OFFICE@OAKWOODCC.org

    Melisa is the newest addition to Oakwood's staff, joining the team in the summer or 2013. Melisa and her husband Jason have attended Oakwood since 2006.  They have two children, Ryan and Courtney.  Melisa publishes Oakwood's weekly email and the printed program for our weekend services, as well as assisting the pastors and ministry leaders in a variety of ways.  She has also serves in both children's and women's ministries.  Melisa enjoys traveling with her family and reading. 


  • Cheryl bongiorno

    cheryl@oakwoodcc.org

    Cheryl is a wife, mother, grandmother, and retired choir/drama teacher.  Since coming to Oakwood with her family in 1991, she has been blessed to be a part of the development of our original music and drama ministry, our children's ministry, and most recently, our women's ministry.  Since retiring from teaching, Cheryl has been serving as a valuable part of Oakwood's staff, donating her time in service to God and His church.  Cheryl writes bible curriculum for the kids, skits for our adults and teens, and recently published a bible study for small groups. Cheryl enjoys blogging, teaching, and biblical counseling.

Our elders

Oakwood is led by a team of Elders who guard the church’s beliefs, mission and values, as well as provide oversight, accountability and wisdom for the ministries of the church.

  • jeff mooreCHAIRMAN

    ELDERS@OAKWOODCC.ORG

    It is a privilege and an honor to serve the Lord on the Elder Board at Oakwood. I have a wonderful family including my wife, Caye, sons Travis, Shane, Cole, and Spencer and our daughter Morgan. I am a chemistry teacher at Troy High School and my wife and I own a transportation business. My hobbies used to be fun things like hunting and bike riding, but these days are limited to driving buses and changing oil. God is good!

  • jim bongiorno

    Since coming to Oakwood with his family in 1991, Jim has been involved in many of the major decisions of the church including the construction of the building, the hiring of our pastors, etc. He has served as an Elder, Deacon, children's ministry leader, small group leader, high school Sunday School teacher, on the clean team, and currently in the video ministry. Jim is employed as a general manager at EMC2.  He enjoys spending time with his family and playing sports - especially golf, racquetball, and hiking with his wife.

  • don jackson, lead pastor

    PD@OAKWOODCC.ORG

    Pastor Don is our Lead Pastor and in that role serves as an ongoing member of the Elders.  You can read PD's bio above.

  • Bruce Knauf

    Profile coming soon!

  • greg mcdonough

    My wife, Sandy, and I have been married for 11 years, and we have two young boys - Jesse & Simon. We love serving the Lord together as a family and it is our goal to put Christ at the center of everything that we do. I have a passion to serve individuals and families that have been affected by disabilities and we have already started taking initial steps to get a focused ministry of this kind off the ground here at Oakwood. I enjoy reading, fishing, family time and date nights with my beautiful wife.

  • mark rodela

    My wife, Kim, and I have been attending Oakwood faithfully since 2008. We have been married since 1993 and have three wonderful children: Colton, Gabrielle and Noah. I have served on the missions committee and as deacon in years past and currently serve with the friendship team, tech team, men’s ministry and as an elder. I work as a CMM programmer and enjoy reading, writing, watching movies, going on dates with my wife and spending time with the kids. I hope to graduate from Moody Bible Institute with a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies in 2017.

  • Shane Stec, ASSOCIATE PASTOR

    SHANE@OAKWOODCC.ORG

    Pastor Shane is our Associate Pastor and serves as an ongoing member of the Elders in that role.  You can read Shane's bio above.

our deacons

Oakwood's Deacons lead and serve our church family in a number of ministry areas, such as facilities, security, care, and benevolence.

  • Marty mcdaniel, Deacon chairman

    DEACONS@OAKWOODCC.ORG

    Hello, I am Marty McDaniel, I've been serving Christ at Oakwood since August 2000. I've watched Oakwood grow from a one room school house into the building it is in now. It was a true blessing to see the body of Christ at Oakwood come together through the struggles of completing this building. I'm married to a wonderful Godly wife Judy. We were able to bring up our 3 youngest sons at Oakwood and the AWANA program. I've been blessed to serve in many roles at Oakwood; from teaching, to cleaning the toilets. I'm honored to be able to continue to serve at Oakwood, and hopefully be used of God to help others grow here.

  • Lowell boyle

    It is my privilege and honor to serve as a Deacon at Oakwood Community Church. My wife, Tracy, and I have been members at Oakwood for over 15 years. We have three children: Owen, Anna, and Greyson, who keep us very busy with sports and other activities. I am a physical education teacher and coach at Pierce Middle School in Waterford. My wife, who is a worship leader at Oakwood, is also a middle school teacher at The Chatfield School in Lapeer. I enjoy camping in the summers and spending time with the entire family. I also enjoy playing sports and exercising. Most importantly, I strive to keep God #1 in my life so I can be a more diligent servant of our King and better husband and father to my wife and children.


  • Tim Dangel

    Hi, my name is Tim Dangel. My wife, Sheryl, and I were introduced to Oakwood Community Church by a co-worker of Sheryl’s in 2005. Since first attending, our family has seen many awesome examples of God’s sovereignty and grace, including family members coming to Christ (myself and our wonderful daughters Erica and Amanda), our subsequent baptisms, “plugging in” to church service opportunities in small groups and church ministries, and currently being honored to serve as a Deacon. The opportunities to grow more Christ-like are a direct result of Oakwood’s mission of growing a great family... grounded in faith, guided by grace, and going in love! Our family looks forward to continuing to serve our Lord with Oakwood for many years to come, and we hope others will join us!

  • nate gilling

    My name is Nate Gilling and I am currently serving in the role of Deacon at Oakwood Community Church. My family and I reside in Lapeer and have been attending this church for the past 5 years. I have been married to my wife, Beth, for 14 years and we have one son, Camden, who is 10 years old and in the fourth grade. Additionally, my wife and I have recently opened our home to foster youth and are looking forward to sharing God's blessings with those in need. I am currently am employed as a Juvenile Probation Officer with the Oakland County Circuit Court while my wife works locally as a Registered Nurse. When able our family enjoys spending time together outdoors, traveling, and watching our son participate in his many sporting activities.

  • scott hasman

    I was introduced to Oakwood Community Church by my wife, Angela, and have been a member for 10 years.  We have two beautiful daughters, Hope and Rita.  I work with my father-in-law at Adrem Incorporated, a multi-faceted oils and lubricants company.  At Oakwood, I currently serve as a Deacon.  Other ministries I have been involved with include missions, Friendship Team, Oakwood Cares, Men's Ministry, and Tech Team.  My hobbies include playing sports, spending time with family, attending concerts, and watching Survivor.  I enjoy strategizing, jumpstarting new projects, plugging into small groups, and organizing social events.  Most importantly, I love the Lord with all my heart.  I am so grateful to have found a home at Oakwood Community Church, and I am honored to serve here.

  • Dan Koskinen

    Our family came to Oakwood in early 2015, and immediately felt that this was where the Lord was leading us to grow, and serve. I have been married to my beautiful wife, Pam, for 27 years, and we have three great children, Mckenna who is 22 and attends Mid Michigan Comm. College, Leah who is 20, and attends Otterbein University in Ohio, and Colin who is 17, and is a Junior in High School. I am a full time firefighter and paramedic, and have been with the Bloomfield Twp. Fire Dept. for 26 years. I also own and manage a small building company. I enjoy all kinds of motor sports, as well as hunting, and any time I can spend with my family, who I love very much. Pam has homeschooled all three of our children, and works part time with Homeschool Connections as a campus supervisor, and communications coordinator. 


    We live on a small farm, which used to be home to many animals, but has been scaled back significantly over the past few years. Pam takes care of the day to day operation of keeping the animals happy, I get to fix the buildings, and fences, and find excuses to get the tractor out. When I was asked to serve as a Deacon, I felt honored, and very privileged to have the opportunity to use my God given gifts to serve at Oakwood. Our family has enjoyed watching Oakwood flourish under the leadership God has put in place, and it is truly a privilege to be a part of it. I will do my best to make careful, God honoring decisions with the funds that have been entrusted to the leadership team, by the family at Oakwood.

  • Bill Sterner

    It is my honor to serve as a Deacon here at Oakwood.  My family, including my wonderful wife of 21 years, Dawn, and our three daughters, Mandalyn (18), Tabitha (17), and Savana (15), has been at Oakwood for over 10 years.  I have helped on several church programs and projects and am excited to be able to help make this church family a great place to come and to grow with the Lord, other families, and the surrounding communities.

  • Matt young

    It is an honor and a privilege to serve Oakwood Community Church as a Deacon. I have attended Oakwood along with my wife, Deana, and 2 children, Hilary and Zachary for the past 3 years and are happy to have found a church family with the value and beliefs that we want to instill in our children. We live and work in the Lapeer area and I am blessed to be the Superintendent/Director of The Chatfield School in Lapeer. My wife, who serves on the Friendship Team, also works in Lapeer at Thorpe Animal Hospital. Our children, Hilary (12) and Zachary (7) enjoy Oakwood and Hilary sings on the worship team. We love watching our children grow up in a loving environment that allows them to honor God with their talents and beliefs. I enjoy hunting, fishing and spending time with my family. Proverbs 22:6