Our family visited Oakdale last spring with no intention of moving here, but we felt the tug of God on our hearts. We went home and prayed about how we could possibly get involved, and then visited again in July and were offered positions, confirming that we were meant to be part of this ministry.
Early August was a crazy whirlwind of selling our house and many of our belongings and moving here to Oakdale from Greenville, IL. We are enjoying settling into life at Oakdale, and we are appreciating the unique, intentional culture that is created here to serve young people though a college prep boarding school environment.
Our kids had a hard time moving from the home they have always known, and all of their friends in Greenville, but they have done a great job adjusting and we are proud of them. Brennan is in 9th grade, and Drew is in 7th grade, both students here at Oakdale. Lily is attending Mt. Carmel, a Christian school in the area until she is old enough to also attend Oakdale.
Scott has been involved in international business for many years, and is now using his connections in the business world to help expand the outreach of Oakdale. Karen has been involved with children and teens all her adult life, and is thrilled to be in the girls’ dorm, interacting with the young ladies, who keep her on her toes. She also enjoys seeing them appreciating the stability and structure of dorm life and thriving in this environment. It is refreshing for both of us to be working in a place where everyone has the same goal of following God in his leading as He touches young lives for His glory!
It is an honor to be on this team, and we look forward to what will come as we embark on this new adventure of shared ministry on the Oakdale team.