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The Brethren Mission

Brethren, we will passionately live and share the radical transformation and holistic peace of Jesus Christ through relationship-based neighborhood engagement. To move us forward, we will develop a culture of calling and equipping disciples who are innovative, adaptable, and fearless.”



Oakland Church of the Brethren Interim Pastor Andrew Wright Profile Image

Coordinating Pastor: Andrew Wright

Andrew is currently preparing the Oakland church for the arrival of its settled pastor. He enjoys being with people, sharing good conversation and telling stories. He and his wife, Debi, have three children and five grandchildren. Andrew has been in ministry over 40 years and was a doctoral advisor at Ashland Seminary and an adjunct professor at Bethany Seminary. Debi is a retired teacher. Together they enjoy the arts and the simple pleasure of being together. They look forward to the coming years with great expectation.


Bob Bitner

Pastoral Care Minister


Betty Byrd

Director of Youth Ministries

Betty has been a member of Oakland since 2007. She is married to Frank Marchal and together they have 5 children and 7 grandsons.  She has volunteered in many ways at Oakland over the years, working with children of all ages, singing in the choir, performing in dinner theater, or as a deacon.  She enjoys working with the youth of Oakland as she challenges them to be followers of Jesus by providing experiences and Brethren education and values.  When at home you will find her either in her garden or sewing room.


Director of Children’s Ministries

Oakland Church of the Brethren Staff Dianna Sampsel Profile Image

Dianna Sampsel

Administrative Assistant

Dianna is the church administrative assistant for Oakland Church and has attended Oakland for many years. Not only does Dianna administer office needs; but she is the kitchen coordinator and head cook of all church-related events here at Oakland. With her love of cooking, Dianna has begun a small catering business and does special occasion cakes. If you don’t find her in our kitchen, you will see her preparing and cooking to feed the hungry at the Grace Resurrection Community Center in Greenville.

Dianna also loves to read and garden. She is married to Patrick Samsel and has three adult children; Rick, Charlie, and Lizzy. She also has two grandchildren, Calvin and Elden.


Mike Hogg

Business Coordinator

Mike has been attending Oakland for 20 years and continues to serve as the business coordinator since 2001. He is a member of the Faithful Servants Sunday school class and the Praise Band. He enjoys worshipping at Oakland and is appreciative of all the welcoming people their belief for serving others. Mike lives in Greenville with his wife Alice. Their family includes a daughter Whitney, son-in-law Joe, and a beautiful granddaughter Brooke.

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