garrett nates

lead pastor

Garrett serves Oxford Bible Fellowship as the lead pastor, with primary responsibilities for vision, preaching and leadership development. His passions are to help people come into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ by connecting the transforming power of God’s grace to their everyday life and to unleash a generation of leaders who, by the power of the Holy Spirit, will change the world for Christ. Prior to joining the Oxford Bible Fellowship staff in 2015, he served for 14 years at College Church in Wheaton, IL.


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 teenagers: 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. 



pastor for student ministries

Emanuel joined the Oxford Bible Fellowship staff in July 2016.  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 and his wife, Melissa, met during his time at Moody.  They have three children: Moriah, Ezekiel, and Eden. 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! 



Ministry associate for STUDENT MINISTRIES

Justin joined the Oxford Bible Fellowship staff in January 2019.  As Ministry Associate for Student Ministries, he supports the Pastor for Student Ministries, primarily by developing and teaching curriculum for our middle school students. He loves seeing how the truths of faith take hold and change students' perspectives and priorities in life.

Justin began attending Oxford Bible Fellowship while studying economics at Miami University, from which he graduated in 2013. He then served with a missions’ organization in the country of Fiji for a year before returning to Oxford and marrying his wife, Alexandria. Justin loves playing sports and is an avid fan of all Pittsburgh’s professional teams and Liverpool F.C. He also enjoys board games, learning about church history, reading fiction, and spending time with friends. 



director of children's MINISTRY

Angie joined the Oxford Bible Fellowship staff in 2014. As director of children's ministry, 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: Ella, Caleb, and Joshua.  They have been attending Oxford Bible Fellowship since 2007. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and gardening. 



director of facilities AND OPERATIONS

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.



Director of social ministry and communications

Naomi joined the Oxford Bible Fellowship staff in January 2019. 

Naomi grew up in Latin America and as a teenager traveled to various countries every summer for mission trips. In May 2001, Naomi graduated from Wheaton College with a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education and married Garrett. In that same month they began full time ministry and Naomi worked as a specialized teacher at a local school in West Chicago, IL. The Lord blessed them with 4 children in 5 years and she became a full-time mommy. 

Naomi enjoys all the joys of being a "soccer mom," cooking up satiating meals for family and friends, and serving the Lord as a certified yoga instructor and health coach. 


Zach Schlake

worship ministries assistant

Zach joined the Oxford Bible Fellowship Staff in August 2020. 

As the worship ministries assistant, he records music and produces the online services as well as coordinating technical components of in-person gatherings. He is passionate about music, and he loves worshipping alongside others and using his gifts to glorify God. 

Zach has been attending Oxford Bible Fellowship with his family since he was in 2nd grade. He is a Commercial Music Production student at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. 



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