Our Staff

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit--fruit that will last--and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. John 15:16

  • Pastor Stephen C. Johnson (Senior Pastor)

    Pastor Steve grew up in Milwaukee. He was saved in his early teens at the end of the Jesus people Movement. He was discipled in a local church and felt a call to ministry. He went to Bible College in Iowa and Seminary near Washington D.C. where he earned a TH.M. in Theology and developed a love for Church history and the Biblical languages of Greek and Hebrews. He has graduate degrees in Church History as well. Steve has taught in Eastern Europe and has pastored 4 local churches before coming to Oak Grove in 2006. He is married to Pam. They have a daughter, Sarah, who is married to Max Ray and lives in Ohio. They have a son named Avery who lives in Columbia City. They are recent empty-nesters. Steve is a huge Green Bay Packer fan and frequently torments the Bears fans in the congregation who return the favor!

    Steve’s desire is that he and Pam be used to help people “grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus” by any and every means possible.

  • Pastor Phil Parker (Associate Pastor Of Worship)

    Pastor Phil has been involved in church music almost his entire life. The son of a pastor, Phil grew up helping with the music in the local church form playing piano to directing small church choirs. He attended Grace College of the Bible in Omaha, NE on a music scholarship and studied church music and performance. Later Phil graduated from Ohio Christian University with a Bachelor's Degree in Ministry and Leadership.

    After several years serving in the United States Navy, Phil begin his ministry as a Worship Pastor serving in California, Illinois, and Indiana before coming to Oak Grove nearly 6 years ago to lead worship ministries. He has been married to Billie Sue for 32 wonderful years and they have 4 grown boys; Jordan, Matthew, Devon, & Spencer.

    An avid football, Phil roots for his beloved Nebraska Cornhuskers and Green Bay Packers and enjoys playing golf, riding his motorcycle and playing with his two dogs.

    With a heart for worship, Pastor Phil encourages us each Sunday to live lives of worship throughout the week so that our corporate worship each Sunday morning is full and complete.

  • Pastor Kathleen Egolf (Pastor Of Children's Ministry/Church Administrator)

    Kat (Kathleen) has been on staff with Oak Grove Church of God since May 2008 and leads the Oak Grove Kids Ministry as well as manages the church office. She and her husband Kyle are blessed with a son, William age 4, and a daughter, Adelaide age 2. It is also a joy for them to serve together at Oak Grove as Kyle co-leads the church Youth department. Kat has many years of experience working with children, youth and families in a variety of capacities and love to work with them to learn more and more about Christ’s love for their lives!

  • Pastor Kyle Egolf (Pastor of Youth Ministries)

    Kyle has been a long time attender of Oak Grove coming in as a middle school student. As God has taken him on this life journey, he has now been on staff as a Co-Youth Pastor at Oak Grove for 4 years! Kyle also is a member of Leadership Whitley County and Indiana Youth Philanthropy. Kyle was also in 2005 voted one of the Best Youth Leaders in a Facebook poll by area youth. He has years of experience working with and volunteering with youth and loves to challenge them and see them grow closer to Christ. Kyle is the loving husband to his wife Kathleen to whom he has been married to for 7 years. They enjoy their life together serving God’s church as well as raising their 2 small children, William and Adelaide. (Kyle also built this amazing website!)

  • Pastor Zac Grable (Pastor of Youth Ministries)

    Zac has been living in the area since he was born, and has been going to Oak Grove since infancy.  He has graduated from Huntington University with a B.A. in Educational Ministries. Zac is one of the youth pastors at Oak Grove and he also helps out with worship ministries as part of the tech crew for Sunday mornings and leading bible studies.  Zac also is a major hockey fan and roots for the Boston Bruins and the Fort Wayne Komets.

    He is excited to see youth and college age students dig deeper into their faith and taking bigger steps towards God.  He has a passion for missions and has done several mission trips across the U.S.  He also has worked with mission organizations in the past.  Zac went to Ukraine in 2011, and Japan in 2015.  Zac looks forward to the possibilities God may open up with more missions abroad and here in the U.S.  

    Zac is currently engaged to his beautiful fiancee, Adriana, and they will be married in 2017.

  • Laura Emrick (Church Records/Bookkeeper)

  • Dennis Fenker (Church Maintenance)

Oak Grove Church Of God

2426 S Raber Rd

Columbia City, IN 46725