Our Pastor: Dale Thiele
By God’s grace, Dale grew up in a God-fearing, church-attending family. In fact, Dale recognizes that the work of God in his life is rooted in the prayers of his grandparents long before he was even born. Dale’s family is from northern Illinois. Dale met his wife, Erin, in northern Wisconsin, while serving at a church, and God knit their lives together in marriage in June 2000. God has blessed Dale and Erin with five sons and one daughter, who keep their home full of activity. Dale enjoys reading, camping, traveling, recreational sports, and playing with his kids.
Early in Bible college, Dale sensed God’s call on his life to proclaim the glories of God in the gospel of Christ. In pursuit of that calling, Dale has studied at Moody Bible Institute, The Bethlehem Institute, Covenant Theological Seminary, and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Over these years, God has led Dale to serve in the local church in a variety of ministry positions, including teaching Bible and theology at the Cameroon Baptist Theological Seminary for a school year. Dale has served Oak Hills as pastor since the summer of 2011.
Dale has come to believe and experience that our only hope, joy, and peace in this life is found in and through the gospel of Jesus Christ. Dale’s prayer for Oak Hills echoes Paul’s prayer in Romans 15:13, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”
Director of Worship Music: AJ Harbison
Administrative Assistant: Gerie Owens