Passion for God, Compassion for People


” Devoted to supporting missions through prayer and through financial donations.”

11% of Oakwood offerings are dedicated to missions and used to…

  • Sponsor 11 different missionaries throughout the world
  • Provide year-end gifts to missionaries
  • Come along side individuals within the Oakwood church body who go on missions trips.


Oakwood Supported Missionaries

Cesar and Celina Alvarez and their 13 children minister in Nicaragua, where they are pastoring a church.

Steve and Sharon Anderson serve with New Horizons Foundation. They live in Sioux Falls, SD. They are involved with teaching and training pastors and church leaders, who have limited access to theological education, in Russia, Asia, Africa and South America. Email:

Vaughan and Aleda Hagberg serve in the Philippines with Far East Broadcasting Company. Vaughan is the IT and Business Systems team leader for the International Service Team, supporting the broadcast ministry of FEBC’s International Association, which delivers the Good News in 102 languages to 46 Asian and African countries. Email:

Bob Helvey is on staff with Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ). He lives in the Seattle area where he works within FamilyLife training and recruiting speakers for marriage getaways called Weekend To Remember.

Jim and Lynn Jarman are City Team Leaders in Stockholm, Sweden for both Converge Worldwide and the EFCA/ReachGlobal.  They also serve New Life Church Stockholm as the overseers of a church multiplication ministry with a vision of 20-30 churches in the next 10 years. Sweden has become the most atheistic nation in the world while Stockholm is Europe’s fastest growing city.

Rick and Sharon Mattson live in St. Paul and work for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Rick travels to college campuses across the country doing the work of evangelism and apologetics. When he’s not on the road he serves as the InterVarsity Staff at Macalester College and St. Olaf College. Email:

Mark Busse is on staff with Timber Bay, a youth ministry focused on mentoring at-risk youth. Mark and his family live in Waconia. Mark works in the Timber Bay Camp for retreats and WorkCrew camps. Email:

Ben and Melissa Nugent serve with The Navigators, where they work alongside over 25 different Navigator campus ministries in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri. Ben and Melissa will work together to train, shepherd and encourage the staff of over 100, as well as student leaders and future missionaries, on their respective campuses. Email:

Pastor Joel and Jeanne Ramirez and their three children serve in Hispanic ministries for the Minnesota Baptist Conference. Joel is involved in planting Hispanic churches throughout the metro area and serves as director of Hispanic Ministries for Converge, Minnesota and Iowa district.

Jose and Juana Ramirez and their seven children minister in Nicaragua, where they walk every day to their church, which is three miles away.

Catherine Rivard is a linguist-translator serving in Papua, New Guinea with Wycliffe Bible Translators. Her ministry is focused on making God’s Word accessible to all people. Email: