welcome Oakwood's new Youth Pastor, ben elliott!

Hello Oakwood Family,


It's with great joy that I can inform you of the appointment of Ben Elliott to the position of Oakwood Community Church Youth Pastor. Thank you for your prayers and support as we've walked through this process!

This is an answer to many prayers, and I am filled with deep gratitude for God’s guidance and direction through this search process. Ben will be supported by an awesome church staff, an amazing community of youth ministry leaders and caring parents. I can't wait for more of you to meet him and see his heart for students and their families, his desire to belong in this new church family, and his heart for the Jesus we all love and seek to follow.

Here's what's next:

Ben will officially start March 1st. He will be at the services on March 3rd. He will be looking for housing and connecting with leaders and students throughout these coming weeks in preparation for his official start.

Again, thank you for your prayers, patience, and unity as we've waited for the Lord to fill this crucial ministry role!


Rev. Don Jackson

Lead Pastor

Oakwood Community Church

SoulFire STUDENT Ministry

SoulFire Student Ministry is for all students from 7th to 12th grade and meets at Oakwood on Sundays from 6:00pm to 8:00pm (calendar below for specific dates). Our goal is to offer a place for students to come together and learn that they are not alone and that there is a God who not only loves them but will always be there for them. We teach Biblical messages on topics that are relevant to the students' lives. Our team of adult volunteers love students, listen to them and enjoy spending time with them. We want to encourage students to pursue a stronger relationship with God, and learn to follow His plan for their lives.

Throughout the year we host a number of events and take students on retreats. We also work with the students to serve our community through service projects and also participate in mission trips. 

Check back here often for the latest news on upcoming events or service opportunities!

upcoming soulfire events

  • Welcome Pastor Ben & Eat pizza!!!

    Sunday, March 3rd @ 6pm

    This Sunday is a special day at Oakwood Community Church as we officially welcome our new Youth Pastor, Ben Elliott, to our church family! Ben will be with us at both worship services tomorrow morning, and he will be leading our SoulFire Student Ministry for the first time on Sunday night at 6pm.


    We want to kick-off Ben's ministry at Oakwood well & are encouraging all students in grades 7-12 to be at the church for SoulFire at 6pm on Sunday night to welcome and connect with Ben. We will have pizza from Vendetti's and more. Bring your appetite & bring your friends!


    Even if you haven't been a part of our student ministry in the past, this a great time to get involved. We love our students and families deeply and are investing heavily to make sure Oakwood's ministry to you is effective. Help us usher in a new day in the Oakwood family!

  • 2019 camp barakel WINTER RETREAT

    february 15-17, 2019

    Save the date for our 2019 SoulFire Student Ministry Winter Camp at Camp Barakel the weekend of February 15th - 17th. Registration Form & $40 Deposit Due Sunday, November 4th

    Download the Flyer & Registration Form

    Download the 2018-2019 SoulFire Insurance/Waiver Form

    Download the 2019 Packing List

soulfire Calendar & facebook feed

SoulFire Ministry Team

  • Ben Elliott

    youth pastor


    Ben Elliott has been hired as Oakwood's new Youth Pastor and will join the Oakwood staff team full-time starting in March of 2019!  Check back soon for more info.