Garrett joined Oxford Bible Fellowship staff in July 2015 as the lead pastor. He previously served for 14 years at College Church in Wheaton, IL in various pastoral roles but most recently as the pastor for discipleship ministries. His passion is to lead Oxford Bible Fellowship in connecting the transforming power of God’s grace to everyday life and in being part of a Holy Spirit-empowered global witness to Jesus Christ and the redemption that is found only in Him.

    Garrett and his wife, Naomi, met during their high school years in Colorado Springs, CO. He attended Biola University in La Mirada, CA and Wheaton College Graduate School in Wheaton, IL. They have four active children: Ezekiel, Landon, Moriah, and Breck. Their family enjoys being outdoors in God’s creation, snow skiing in Colorado, soccer anywhere there is open space and anything to do with Chicago sports. 

    Contact: gnates@obf.org

  • Derek Whalen

    Pastor of Community Life & Outreach

    Derek joined Oxford Bible Fellowship in 2010 as pastor of community life and outreach. He loves the vitality of Oxford Bible Fellowship that is expressed in the mix of community people and college students. Derek attended Cedarville University for undergrad and received his masters in systematic theology from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. 

    He and his wife, Christy, have three kids: Derek, Deanna and Charis. They love just about anything sports, outside activities, and spending time with their kids. Even though he has lived in the Midwest for most his adult life, he remains a true fan of all his home town sports teams....Philadelphia!

    Contact: dwhalen@obf.org

  • EmanuEl istrate

    youth pastor

    Emanuel joined the Oxford Bible Fellowship staff in July 2016 as the youth pastor.  He previously served as an associate pastor at Crossroads Community Church in Carol Stream, IL.  Emanuel is passionate about the Gospel and excited to be a part of God’s work in the lives of students. Emanuel attended Moody Bible Institute for his undergrad and is currently pursuing a master's degree in theological studies. 

    Emanuel met his wife Melissa while at Moody and they have two children: Moriah and Ezekiel. As a family, they love being active outdoors, spending time with friends and family and, traveling to new places. Emanuel loves watching and playing all sports but has only one true love, and that is soccer! 

    Contact: eistrate@obf.org

  • Yvonne Van Bibber

    Director of Connections & Women's Ministry

    Yvonne joined Oxford Bible Fellowship staff in 2011 and has served in this role since January 2013. As director of connections, she engages with new attenders and families to help them transition to becoming an active member of Oxford Bible Fellowship. She also provides care and support for the Oxford Bible Fellowship women and benevolent families in Oxford. 

    Yvonne is the fifth generation member of her family to be Cincy-born and has lived in Oxford 17 years. She and her husband, Chad, have three children: Scott, Ross and Jesse.  She loves the outdoor world (hiking, fishing, hunting, camping, etc.) and thinks everyone should read Wild At Heart by John Eldredge. 

    Contact:  yvanbibber@obf.org

  • Ryan Woedl

    Director of Communications

    Ryan joined the Oxford Bible Fellowship staff in March 2015. As the director of communications, she coordinates all communications and social media streams as well as facilitates the advertising and communications of Oxford Bible Fellowship events. 

    Ryan grew up in Oxford and graduated from Talawanda High School and Miami University with a bachelors degree in art education. She has been very involved in Oxford Bible Fellowship since her freshmen year of college.  Ryan is also on staff with The Navigators collegiate ministry at Miami University.  In her free time, she enjoys being outside in nature hiking, kayaking, and biking with friends.

    Contact: rwoedl@obf.org

  • Chris Acheson

    Worship Director

    Chris joined the Oxford Bible Fellowship staff in August 2015. As worship director, he seeks, through the Holy Spirit, to point people to Jesus Christ as we collectively respond to who God is and what He has done. Chris grew up in Cincinnati and attended Cedarville University, graduating in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in worship and a minor in bible and electronic media. 

    He and his wife Gracia have two children, Landon and Lily. He enjoys spending time with his family, golfing with his wife, cooking, and playing video games.

    Contact: cacheson@obf.org

  • Angie Dunn

    Director of Children's Ministry

    Angie has been attending Oxford Bible Fellowship since 2007 and stepped in as children’s ministry director in 2014. In her role, she desires to see children come to know the Lord and grow in Him as well as equip parents to train their children in what it looks like to follow Christ with their lives. Angie earned her bachelor degree in science and masters degree in secondary education from Xavier University and is a former high school physics teacher. 

    Angie and her husband, Rich, have three children. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and gardening. 

    Contact:  adunn@obf.org

  • Sue McGuire

    Ministry Assistant

    Sue joined the Oxford Bible Fellowship staff in January 2014. As a ministry assistant, she provides help and support to Oxford Bible Fellowship staff and members in administrative tasks. 

    Sue’s husband, Mike, is retired military, and they have two daughters, Erin and Kelly, and two schnauzers, Stanley and Stella. Sue enjoys experimenting in the kitchen during winter months and gardening and boating or just being outdoors in the warmer ones.

    Contact: info@obf.org

  • steve gifford


    Steve joined the Oxford Bible Fellowship Staff in October 2017.  As bookkeeper, he works with the church staff and an off-site accountant to manage the church’s finances.

    Steve grew up in Oxford and attended Miami University where he earned his Business degree, but more importantly, where he met his wife, Sarah. After years of following Steve’s career in automotive engineering through Michigan, Kentucky and Indiana, Steve and Sarah are happy to be back home in Oxford among family and friends. Their children, Josh and Maddie are both active duty Marines stationed in California and North Carolina, respectively.

    Contact: sgifford@obf.org


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Mark Brown

Marty Creech

Garrett Nates

Matt Troy

Derek Whalen

Edwin Yamauchi

Contact:  elders@obf.org