Craig Ireland of Brisbane, Australia has been called as the Senior Pastor at Oak Grove. His first Sunday with Oak Grove was October 1, 2017. Craig holds a Bachelor of Theology degree from the Charles Sturt University and has been serving as the Senior Pastor at Hope Reformed Baptist Church in Australia since September of 2008. He and his wife, Katarina, have four young children-Knox, Lucia, Tobiah, and Baxter. His sermons at Hope Church are available through that church’s webpage and youtube channel. Craig is passionate about preaching, evangelism, missions and discipleship.
Pastor Craig has traveled extensively, particularly in Asia and Southeast Asia, doing mission work, church planting and training and equipping of rural pastors. He has authored several books for pastoral development, evangelism, and church planting. For the past 6 years he has sat on the national executive board of the Fellowship of Evangelical Churches of Australia. On a personal level, Pastor Craig loves coffee, reading history, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Rugby League, travel, and personal evangelism.
Matthew Garland, a summer graduate of SFASU, has joined the staff of Oak Grove as Interim Youth Minister. At the same time, he is also serving as a campus intern with the Baptist Student Ministries at Stephen F. Austin. Matthew is married to Kelly who is a student intern to young women at Oak Grove.
Tom Corbitt & Wife Angie
Tom is a native East Texan. Growing up in Crockett, he accepted Christ at the age of 12. By this time, he had already expressed an interest in music. He attended the Texas Con-servatory of Music in 1983. After graduating high school in 1984, Tom attended Lamar University, studying Music-Percussion.
Upon graduating in 1988 with a BBS in Economics, Tom entered the work force in the Insurance Industry where he remains, to this day. He has always held music near and dear to his heart. Tom has participated in numerous musical groups, quartets, theater productions and Praise and Worship venues.
Tom and wife, Angie, live in Nacogdoches. They have three grown children: JT, a Texas State graduate recently married Brieann, lives and works in Austin; Ashton, a senior student at Texas State University; and Kylie, a first year nursing student at Angelina College. “Worship is not something we do. It’s not just singing songs. It’s the way we live.”
God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. –John 4:24
Patrick McConnell will be serving as the interim Associate Pastor and Youth Pastor at Oak Grove. He holds dual Australian and American citizenship, having spent most of his childhood in America and attending and finishing high school in Australia. He is currently studying a Bachelor of Theology through Charles Sturt University. Most recently, he has been serving as an Elder and in the role of Associate Pastor at Hope Reformed Baptist Church in Brisbane, Australia.
Patrick is passionate about teaching the Word of God, helping to make disciples of Christ, and evangelising to the lost. He and his wife, Anna, have two adorable young sons, Hamish and Archie. In his spare time, Patrick enjoys reading, painting and fishing.