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 College 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.
Scott Rabine is the Youth Minister here at Oak Grove. He graduated from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2016, where he met his wife Kendal. Since graduating, Scott has been working for Aerocare, a home medical supply company working primarily with hospice patients and their families.
Scott is excited to get to know and share the gospel to the youth of Oak Grove. He hopes to see the youth and their families mature as disciples of Christ and to see them take the gospel to their neighbors and to the ends of the earth. In his free time, Scott enjoys reading, drinking coffee, playing sports, and spending time with his wife Kendal.
Emily Koonce is excited to join Oak Grove as the Interim Worship Director. She is a fall graduate of Panola College and has been working for Center ISD as an instructional aide. Emily loves making a positive difference in the lives of children and is extremely passionate about serving with her music.