Our Leadership

Our Elders

The Oaks is led by a plurality of elders who are responsible for pastoring, teaching, leading and providing oversight of the church. Elders are qualified men according to 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9 who are called by God to serve as pastors within The Oaks. They love Jesus and the people of this church deeply and are committed to Biblically faithful and Christ honoring leadership.

Matthew Salyer
Matthew Salyer

Pastor Matt serves as the lead pastor of The Oaks. Matt was born and raised in Middletown and returned back home after attending college in Maine. He lives in Middletown with his wife Melissa and their daughters, Ruby & Wynn.

 

Eric Russell
Eric Russell

Pastor Eric came to Middletown after serving as an associate pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Boliver, Ohio. He lives in Middletown with his wife Amber and their children Summer, Seth, and Daniel.

 

Brandon Botschner
Brandon Botschner

Pastor Brandon and his wife, Caitlin, live with their their two daughters, Sophie Jo and Delaney, and son, Peter, in Oakwood.

 

 

Barry Shafer
Barry Shafer

Pastor Barry has been communicating the truth of God’s Word since 1984 as a volunteer youth leader, youth pastor, lead pastor, author and speaker. He holds a mass communications degree from Anderson University and a master’s degree in biblical studies from Cincinnati Bible Seminary. He lives in Middletown with his wife Jessica and their children, Reade and Rachel.

 

Our Deacons

Deacons are leaders within our church body that serve as the "hands and feet" of The Oaks. They are men and women who meet the qualifications of a deacon specified in 1 Timothy 3:8-13. Our deacons serve in many areas within The Oaks, leading ministry teams that seek to meet needs both inside and outside the church. Deacons set the pace for service by devoting much of their time and energy to serve faithfully and selflessly. After being asked and prayerfully accepting, a deacon candidate will enter a training process with their direct ministry leader.

The deacon process involves learning and being assessed in an understanding of the gospel, an understanding of the qualifications and role of the deacon in the local church, and their unique gifts and calling in ministry. If you would like to enter into this process, there is a more detailed "road map" that we'd love to share with you. Contact us and we will schedule a time for you to meet with a pastor.

Kristin Rall
Kristin Rall

Family Ministry Director

 

 

Meagan Hurley
Meagan Hurley

The Oaks Mercy Director

 

 

Natalie Crain
Natalie Crain

Mercy Ministry

 

 

Derek Bradford
Derek Bradford

Offering

 

 

Bob Edmiston
Bob Edmiston

Communion

 

 

Our Staff

Matthew Salyer
Matthew Salyer

Lead Pastor

Pastor Matt's responsibilities include preaching on Sundays, leading the elders and deacons, and vision casting for the continued health and growth of The Oaks.

 

Eric Russell
Eric Russell

Groups Pastor

Pastor Eric oversees community groups, student ministry, and AV production.

 

Kristin Rall
Kristin Rall

Family Ministry Director

Kristin leads The Oaks Kids & Connect teams and coordinates community events.

 

Meagan Hurley
Meagan Hurley

The Oaks Mercy Director

Meagan's primary responsibilities include leadership of the Mercy Ministry, including the Food Pantry and special events throughout the year.

 

Brad Wilson
Brad Wilson

Ministry Organization & Communications

Brad oversees communications and the church calendar.

 

Nic Watkins
Nic Watkins

Facilities

Nic is responsible for building & grounds management.

 

Kyle Jamison
Kyle Jamison

Music

Kyle provides leadership and direction to the worship & AV teams.