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


    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, Emily, and Joshua.

  • shane stec

    associate pastor


    Shane joined the church staff in January of 2011 as Associate Pastor.  Pastor Shane currently oversees Oakwood's small group ministry, tech teams, and helps new people get connected at Oakwood. He also works to provide organizational leadership, training and support for many of the ministry teams and leaders 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 20 years and live in Oxford with their three children, Sam (17), Clara (15), and Aubree (14), and their neice, Caitlyn (14).

  • Ben elliott

    Youth PASTOR

    Ben joined the Oakwood team in March of 2019 as Youth Pastor. His passion is to make disciples of the next generation and see the lives of students transformed by the power of Jesus Christ. Ben earned a B.S. in Biblical Studies with an emphasis in Ministry from Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has devoted the last five years to learning and developing the skills necessary to minister to students and families in a variety of contexts. He enjoys video production, going to the gym, and watching a good movie. 

    Ben is excited to be marrying his high school sweetheart, Kyleigh, in June of 2019!




    Melisa joined 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 served in both children's and women's ministries and currently leads our Women’s One Heart Ministry.  Melisa enjoys traveling with her family and reading.   

  • Wendy Dionne

    administrative assistant

    Wendy is the newest addition to Oakwood's staff, joining the team in the fall of 2017. Wendy and her husband Rich have attended Oakwood since 1996.  They have three children, Ariana, Sarah and David.  Wendy keeps up our prayer list as well as assisting the pastors and ministry leaders in a variety of ways.  She is also currently on Tech Team and a childcare teacher.  Wendy is an RN and home school mom, and enjoys activities with her family and friends, reading and sewing.     

  • Cheryl bongiorno

    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.

  • Fran was our Office Manager from 2001-2017.  She retired at the end of 2017 to spend more time with her family.  She still 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.

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.

  • Bill Taylor, chairman


    Profile and picture coming soon.

  • don jackson, lead pastor


    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.

  • jim bongiorno

    Profile coming soon.



    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.

  • Jeff Moore

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  • Bruce Parris

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our deacons

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

  • Tim May, Deacon Chairman

    Tim and his wife, Sheena, have been part of the Oakwood family since moving to Michigan from upstate New York in July of 2015. They have two kids, Nolan (16) and Alanna (13). Tim is a small business owner and works as a quality liaison for a supplier to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Tim enjoys sports and being active. Sheena is a special education teacher, specializing in autism at Chatfield Charter School in Lapeer. She enjoys reading in her free time. Sheena and Tim have been involved with different ministries for many years. 

  • Lance Red

    Hello. It is an honor and a blessing to be able to serve at Oakwood; to be a part of what God is doing in our community for His glory. This is my first time serving as Deacon and I am very humbled by it. I look forward to working with the Oakwood family, in putting our faith into action and growing God’ s kingdom by serving those around us. I live in Clarkston, I am single, and I'm a freelance fantasy illustrator. As a Deacon I help oversee the Oakwood Cares & Benevolence Ministry along with Jason Hall. If you or someone you know are in need of help please let us know. I also help orchestrate the Serve on Saturday volunteer ministry here at Oakwood where we organize various volunteer workdays to help people & organizations in our neighboring communities. Know of a cool community organization we could partner with or perhaps a neighbor that needs help? Let us know.

  • Rusty Pawley

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  • Joe Penzien

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  • Brian Meixell

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  • Jim Spezia

    Jim has been attending and serving at Oakwood since 1990. He serves in SONshine Park and has served as a Deacon for 2 previous terms. He has 3 daughters, 4 sons and 9 grandchildren. Jim enjoys fishing and gardening.

  • Jason Hall

    Jason has been attending Oakwood since 2013 and proudly serves with the Deacons, Band of Brothers Men's Ministry, Hospitality, and Budget Committee. Jason and wife Melisa have been married for over 20 years and have two children: Ryan and Courtney. Jason works in the Higher Education industry as a Field Sales Executive and has worked in the industry since 2002. He loves to travel with his family, go to concerts and sporting events. Go Blue! "I am so excited to serve in many capacities in the church and grateful for the challenges that God has put in front of me and hope to continue to help and advance His kingdom in any way I can."

    Philippians 4:13