Our staff

  • senior pastor

    jonathan caldwell

    Jonathan and Yvonne have 4 children, Abby, Anna, Andrew, and allie

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  • pastor emeritus

    merle Wester and his wife, eleda

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  • Interim part-time director of youth ministries

    matt Dengler and his wife, faye

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  • Director of Senior Ministries

    Randy jipp and his wife, kay

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  • Administrative


    de tjossem

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Our History

For nearly 125 years, Oakdale has served the Lord in impacting the nearby communities and the world.   One of the oldest congregations in the EFCA, we are proud of our heritage and are grateful for God's faithfulness to generations of believers.

The church was located one mile  north of the current location until 2007.  We saw many come to faith and go out to serve Jesus at home and abroad.  We have been blessed to be served by many faithful pastors and lay people.  

Our history shapes who we are, and yet we are looking forward to engaging our hearts, our church family, and the not-yet family of God in our communities and world.


Oakdale Evangelical Free Church is associated with the Evangelical Free Church of America.

The Evangelical Free Church of America is an association of autonomous churches united around these theological convictions:


1.We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.

The Bible

2.We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.

The Human Condition

3.We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.

Jesus Christ

4.We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus—Israel's promised Messiah—was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.

The Work of Christ

5.We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation. 

The Holy Spirit

6.We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.

The Church

7.We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God's grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.

Christian Living

8.We believe that God's justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed. 

Christ's Return

9.We believe in the personal, bodily and premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.

Response and Eternal Destiny

10.We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace.



Oakdale’s Mission: Knowing God and Making Him Known

2015 - Engage

Oakdale has a rich and blessed heritage of holding fast to the Word of God. Over 100 years of faithfulness has led and equipped us to engage our world with the message of His love with the gifts He has blessed us with as part of the family of God.

The truth of Romans 12 is the basis for the state of the family at Oakdale and the vision for who God wants us to be.

Engage Life In Christ - vs. 1-3 - Raising Up True Disciples

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. The only acceptable response to God’s saving grace and mercy in my life is a life of sacrifice to Him - a willingness to be used in any and every circumstance, not worrying about my own life, by putting Him and others first.

● We will preach only Christ and Him crucified.

● We will mark our worship time together with prayer, singing, and preaching that only brings glory to God.

● We will encourage the family of Oakdale to individually live a consistent life of prayer and time in the Word.

● We will develop more opportunities for corporate prayer, giving the family time to come together in humble intercession.

Engage In The Family Of God - vs. 4-13 - Empowering True Fellowship

For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in

spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. Being devoted to one another in brotherly love, sharing all the gifts we have been given, and serving the Lord together, we show the world what it truly means to live life in the family of God.

● We will have a vibrant Small Group ministry that encourages the body to unite with others in faith.

● We will offer Word-centered Bible study, including all ages Sunday morning and mid-week.

● We will offer men’s and women’s Bible studies regularly throughout the week.

● We will have an impactful youth ministry for junior and senior high ages that empowers young people to walk with the Lord.

● We will raise up the next generation of men to be godly husbands and fathers.

● We will encourage disciplemaking across the generations.

● We will equip and give opportunities for the body to use their gifts to meet the needs of the body in the various ministries of the church.

● We will intentionally raise up the next generation of leaders by making disciples who make disciples.

● We will help parents raise their children to be faithful followers of Christ.

●We will develop opportunities for our seniors to share the wealth of knowledge and wisdom they have from years of service in the Kingdom.

● We will develop a ministry through mentorship to broken and hurting families in the body.

Engage In The “Yet To Be” Family Of God - vs. 14-21 - Encouraging True Service

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Showing the sacrificial and unselfish love of Christ to all by walking with those who are without Christ, we show God’s love through us to a dying world.

● We will lift up missions as a major and dynamic part of our ministry.

● We will support missionaries around the world, including the 10 who have gone out from our church family.

● We will encourage a missions lifestyle by supporting short term mission trips for all ages.

●We will use groups like the Sportsmen’s Fellowship, Helping Hands, and Women’s Ministries to reach out and serve our world and our communities.

● We will develop our youth center as a place our young people and their friends can be exposed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ through connections with godly, caring adults and peers.

● We will support our local food pantry physically and financially.

● We will financially help those in need through the Deacon’s Fund.

● We will develop outreach in our surrounding communities where we can show God’s love through tangible means with the ultimate goal to bring people to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.