Volume 53, Issue 1, March 2019
a letter from dr. giese
It is my great privilege to serve the Lord as part of a team of leaders that are creative innovators and initiators. As you will read in this issue of Direction, despite the significant challenges facing Christian ministries and especially Christian Colleges, we are deeply grateful and very excited about what God is doing at Oak Hills.
Articles in this issue
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meet the oak hills board
Get to know more about the Oak Hills Board. “I have reported to leadership boards during all my ministry service, and recognize the value they bring to a ministry organization. I consider it a privilege to give back to Oak Hills through my service, in appreciation for the impact the ministry had on my life.” Dr. Gary Siefers
Featured articles on Men’s Cross Country, Women’s Volleyball, and Intermural Trap Shooting.
a letter from the VP of Enrollment
Your support allows us to recruit, give scholarships, and provide our region with enthusiastic, God-honoring graduates. Please know your gift is important. As the Vice President for Enrollment, I pray for your continued blessings.
what’s happening at ohcc
There are many new and exciting things happening here! These are just a few. We would love to share more. Drop us a message, call, or come by campus!
oak hills welcomes leesa drury
Oak Hills is pleased to announce the hire of Leesa Drury, from Park Rapids, MN, as the Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Marketing. Leesa will be supporting the growth of the school’s local and regional profile, as well as working to increase prayer support and deepen our financial base.
We love to hear from our Oakies! Whether you have gotten married, had a baby, or started a new job let us know. It is always great to see the kingdom work you all are doing and share the stories of how God is using you.
conferences and community involvement
Our Church Ministries team takes part in a wide variety of conferences and retreats representing Oak Hills and providing training and mentoring to pastors and ministry leaders. OHCM is actively involved in the local Bemidji area pastors’ network – the Net of the North, with Jim and Rick serving on the leadership team.
Launch of Rural Ministry Certificate Program
Too often we expect our pastors to attend some of the most expensive private schools in America in order to qualify for some of the lowest paying jobs serving churches in rural America. This is unsustainable and unacceptable. Most rural/town and country churches are unable to afford a seminary graduate with student debt.
Coming up at Camp Oak Hills
In January, camp hosted its first ever winter retreat. Twenty-seven youth and leaders from two local churches enjoyed indoor games, delicious food, and Bible lessons as they made some great memories together. This summer campers will explore what it means to courageously follow Jesus, using 1 Peter 3:15.
We have filled many of our summer staff positions, but there are still some openings. If you are looking for a significant way to serve Jesus this summer, prayerfully consider working at Camp Oak Hills. There are volunteer and paid positions available in areas such as counseling, programming, & kitchen help.
BUILD and Prayer Requests
For many reasons, Native American pastors and workers are not able to leave the reservation and come study at Mokahum. We thought, “Why not take the education they so desperately need to them?”
Mokahum Back to The Beginning
What if you could get a risk-free guided tour through Noah’s Ark? That is exactly what happened this past February for the Mokahum students.