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Volume 44 • Issue 1/2 • Spring 2014

Equipping Students for Ministry . . . Anywhere!


ADMINISTRATION President Dr. Steve Hostetter Dean of the College Dr. Steven Ware Vice President for Advancement Joan Berntson Executive Vice President Carol Nelson Dean of Student Life/Youth Ministry Director Randy McKain Director of Admissions Michael Barnes Camp Oak Hills Director Scott Buchan Center for Indian Ministries Director Zane Williams

DIRECTION MAGAZINE Volume 44 • Issue 1/2 • Spring 2014 Editor Rachel Johnson Director of Marketing & Communications Layout and Design Brent Johnson - Consultant

OAK HILLS FELLOWSHIP INC. 1600 Oak Hills Road SW Bemidji, Minnesota 56601 • 218.751.8670 Oak Hills is located along the shores of Lake Marquette in northern Minnesota. For over eight decades, the staff of Oak Hills have helped people pursue Christian maturity by teaching the truth from God’s Word that changes lives. Today they achieve this through three focused ministries: Oak Hills Christian College focuses on biblical education. Students may choose from ten bachelor degrees, six associate degrees, or a one-year Bible certificate. Camp Oak Hills offers a quality, Christian camp experience for youth, while pursuing a vision for year-round ministry to families and adults. Center for Indian Ministries reaches out to the Native American community to bring them the hope of Jesus Christ. The Mokahum Ministry Center provides culturally relevant Bible training for our Native American brothers and sisters.

Building on A Fir What is God up to and where are we going? At Oak Hills we believe it is God’s plan to multiply the number of graduates who will go on to spread his Word and Christ’s love throughout their homes, churches, workplaces, and communities. I often ponder the idea of the founding fathers of Oak Hills Fellowship imagining a reach that would extend to the uttermost parts of the earth. While much has changed over the years, these certain foundations have remained central to achieving that goal. Everything that we do at Oak Hills Christian College rests on three primary pillars: 1. Biblically centered 2. Growth toward Christlikeness 3. Effective service that students will become “oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor,” (Isaiah 61:3 NIV). Our intent is that each and every student will know and understand the Bible and will interpret and live life through the lens of a Christian worldview. We desire that they faithfully continue the process of transformation to Christlikeness throughout their lifespan, and that they fervently serve the Lord in whatever context God places them. While Oak Hills Christian College equips students with a variety of quality degrees that enable them to find work in the marketplace, these three foundational pillars serve as their guide through life no matter what endeavors and occupations they embrace.

m Foundation It is with a mixture of great excitement and humble dependency on God that Oak Hills Christian College unveils the first phase of plans for a major capital development of the entire campus. Beginning with the replacement of the women’s and men’s dorms. After years of prayer, careful evaluation, and planning, the administration has received approval by the Board of Directors for a full-scale 25-year development plan that completely renews the main campus. First, the Administration Building will be torn down this summer making way for construction of new dorms, and all administrative and faculty offices will be distributed in a logical placement in other buildings. Second the groundbreaking for the new women’s dorm will begin the construction of the first dorm, followed by construction of the men’s dorm as God provides the funds. We are so aware of our dependence on God to provide the people and resources for this new chapter for Oak Hills. We are grateful for the growing network of businesses and financially interested people who are committed to this endeavor, the mission, and the work of Oak Hills Christian College. Stay tuned for more information in the near future!

Please join with us in prayer as we pursue retooling Oak Hills for future generations of students. And as we passionately live out the Great Commandment and diligently pursue the Great Commission.

Dr. Steve Hostetter

President, Oak Hills Christian College

Israel Dec. 31, 2014 – Jan. 10, 2015 Join Dr. Gale Struthers for an Oak Hills Study Tour! Deadline to register is August 31, 2014 For information:

“Traveling to Israel last winter changed my life! It was an amazing experience to visit and see the actual places that we read about in the Bible, and even reading passages from the exact locations they happened! The tour guide was great and was so knowledgeable about historic events and the biblical references. We visited a lot of places in a short amount of time, so it was difficult to take it all in right away. But I think the most influential thing about the trip was actually after we got home. Now whenever I’m reading the Bible, I can relate to the historic context instead of through my “traditional American” view. I have a visual memory of what it looked like, and what it might have felt like to live during biblical times. And that changes how I apply the passage to my life. I’d recommend the trip to anybody!” Melissa Dockter is a 2013 graduate of Oak Hills Christian College.

Richard Grundtner ’13 Teen Challenge Brainerd MN Richard Grundtner graduated from Oak Hills Christian College with a double major in Applied Psychology and Biblical Studies in 2013. Richard and his wife Laurie reside in Pine River, MN and have three children: David, Destiny, and RJ.

Snatched From the Grip of Death It wasn’t until Richard Grundtner lost his job as a successful carpentry foreman that he finally decided to seek treatment for his methamphetamine addiction. Ten years later, Richard is now eight years sober and working as a licensed drug and alcohol counselor with Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge of Brainerd, MN. “The spiritual element of recovery was huge for me,” said Richard. “Finding my faith and hope in Jesus Christ in treatment was what kept me going.” Needing a change and filled with a newfound desire to help others achieve sobriety, Richard followed God’s call to Oak Hills. “The integration of excellent academics and faith was what I needed and is actually why I chose Oak Hills. I didn’t want to be influenced by any secular ideologies,” Richard recalls. “Oak Hills challenged me to really think and encouraged me to share my faith. Sure, there were days I felt like giving up, but the reinforcement in Christ and support from faculty and other students helped motivate me.” Richard says that being a recovered addict helps him associate and communicate with his clients more effectively. “Some of them come from such broken backgrounds, but I’m passing on tools to help them get better. It’s scary knowing that some of my clients won’t recover and their addictions will kill them. But that’s what keeps me driven because some of them will be snatched from the grip of death by what I’m doing.” “God’s always working and using us so it’s important to be obedient to His call. It’s when I step out of my comfort zone that I really feel Him working through me.”

College Life

Addictions Counseling A double major with Biblical Studies

Among the most devastating social issues in our country is that of addictions. In an effort to help bring those afflicted to healing, Oak Hills Christian College students will be able to pursue a bachelor’s degree in addictions counseling with a double major in biblical studies beginning in the fall of 2014. The new major, emerging from our highly regarded program in applied psychology, reflects Oak Hills’ desire to prepare our graduates to meet the needs of individuals, families and communities. Students in the program will experience a thorough Bible-centered academic curriculum, as well as contribute almost nine hundred service hours each to area counseling clinics and treatment programs. The goal for the addictions counseling program is to prepare students to effectively serve people and populations affected by addictions. Ultimately, however, the program is not for students, but for the individuals, families, and communities which will benefit from the services of our students and graduates. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment opportunities for substance abuse counselors will increase by 27 percent from 2010 to 2020. Local treatment and counseling centers support this projection and have already expressed interest in hiring Oak Hills graduates upon completion of the degree. It is our hope, however, that Oak Hills graduates will not only positively impact our region, but will take their skills and a solid biblical foundation into all the world.

Faith Based Recovery Programs Because many counseling centers and state-approved treatment and recovery programs are faith-based (Teen Challenge, Alcoholics Anonymous, other 12-step programs), our graduates will possess a unique understanding of faith which will contribute to their ability to serve in particular treatment and counseling contexts. Our expectation is that as our students serve, lives will be changed, helped and healed, relationships will be restored, and communities will be strengthened— all to God’s glory.

Dr. Steven Ware Dean of the College In addition to being Dean of the College, Dr. Steven Ware is also the program director for Oak Hills' Associate in Arts programs in general education. Dr. Ware attended the University of Washington, Seattle, for his undergraduate degree in English. He earned a master's degree in communications from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and a doctorate in education from Seattle Pacific University. Dr. Ware is an ordained pastor through the Free Methodist Church. He and his wife, Nola, and their three sons joined the Oak Hills team in 2005.

Equipping Stud for Ministry. . . The Biblical Studies Major - Plus . . .

Mike Barnes Director of Admissions Mike is our newest addition to the Oak Hills team. We are grateful that God has lead him and his family to join our efforts in this great work. “The past year has been a season of change for my family that has been rewarding on many levels. As my family continues to settle into life in upper Minnesota, I am reminded daily that Oak Hills Christian College will continue in a season of change. I am grateful that God has brought me to Oak Hills as a part of that season. The community atmosphere on campus, the academic and spiritual growth of students and the opportunity to positively impact the lives of future students are all part of the rewarding experiences at Oak Hills. I pray God’s blessing as we continue to move forward and seek to honor Him in all that we do.”

Our faculty and staff seek to equip students to be prepared for ministry in a world that desperately needs godly, thinking, loving, and skilled people of God in every walk of life.

Understanding the Double Major Concept In offering biblical higher education degrees we are equally committed to equipping our students with a major in Biblical Studies that enables them to think for themselves from a biblical world view. This major is coupled with degree offerings that are in line with our mission to “provide biblically centered higher education which contributes to growth toward Christlikeness and prepares students for effective service in their homes, careers, churches, and communities.” As a leadership team for the college, we have spent significant time planning the future of the institution. We have been diligent in staying true to our mission while looking toward a future that can lead to the most significant impact on not only our students but those that they are privileged to minister to in their future, as well. To that end, academic and enrollment leadership has looked at the higher education industry and the marketplace in order to ascertain the academic offerings that create the most positive outcomes for our students and Oak Hills.

ents Any where! Two New Bachelor Degrees As faculty and administration went through the planning and approval process, the following degrees emerged that would not only be consistent with our mission but benefit the college with the ability to remain competitive with viable degree options for graduates. We are excited to unveil these offerings for our students: • Bachelor of Business Administration - Online Program Summer of 2014 will see our first students online. • Bachelor in Addictions Counseling - On Campus Program Fall of 2014 will see our first students on campus.

ON CAMPUS PROGRAMS BACHELOR OF ARTS • Biblical Studies • Camp Ministry and Biblical Studies • Intercultural Studies • Pastoral Ministry and Biblical Studies • Youth Ministry and Biblical Studies BACHELOR OF SCIENCE • Addictions Counseling

Updated Bachelor of Business Degree Bachelor in Small Business Administration program has been updated and retitled as the Bachelor of Science in Business. This degree will offer four different degree tracks. The Business students will now have options in their junior and senior years to either concentrate their studies in Marketing, Small Business Administration, Management, or General Business. With these additions to the Business program, we feel that we are responding to our customers’ needs while offering Oak Hills’ graduates real-world skills that will make them marketable in today’s work climate.

• Applied Psychology • Business (four tracks) - Management - Marketing - Small Business Administration - General Business ASSOCIATE IN ARTS • Associate in Arts (general) • Associate in Arts in Biblical Studies

Biblically Centered General Education Oak Hills typically has a large population of students that come here for a strong foundation in biblically centered general education with plans to move on to another four year university that has their major of interest. Recognizing that, Oak Hills has spent time over the past year developing these Associate degree offerings: • Pre-Communication • Pre-Social Work • Pre-Elementary Education These Associate degree offerings allow Oak Hills to provide viable options to our students as we seek to assist in preparing a foundation for them as they move toward Kingdom service.

• Associate in Arts in Pre-Communication • Associate in Arts in Pre-Elementary Education • Associate in Arts in Pre-Social Work ONE-YEAR PROGRAM Certificate in Biblical Studies

ONLINE PROGRAMS BACHELOR • Business Administration • Leadership and Ministry ASSOCIATE • Biblical Studies and Ministry

Camp Life

Praise God for the Progress on the Dining Hall! Despite a long and cold winter, substantial progress is being made on the dining hall project with the goal of completing the kitchen portion of the project by June 1st. The walls are up, the roof is on, and the windows have been installed. Most of the electrical and plumbing systems are in place and the insulating and sheet rocking is underway. The month of May will be a whirlwind of activity as flooring, wall coverings, doors, and kitchen equipment will be installed.

Scott Buchan Camp Oak Hills Director

Praise God that through the gifts of a dedicated team of camp friends, we have reached our initial funding goal of $100,000! As costs have become clearer, we are estimating an additional $85,000 beyond the insurance funds and initial funding goals is needed by the opening of camp this summer. Please pray with us that the project would move forward on schedule in time for opening on June 1st and the resources needed would continue to be supplied! If you would like to give to the dining hall project, you can do so online at or by mailing a check to Camp Oak Hills, 1600 Oak Hills Rd SW, Bemidji, MN 56601.

Check out the summer camp opportunities at!

CIM Life Center for Indian Ministries

New Staff Bill and Susan Carr Bill is Education Director at Mokahum Susan teaches study skills and provides tutoring to students

Bill and Susan Carr served 13 years as missionaries with Mission to the World in Australia and South Africa. While overseas, Bill was involved in theological education and mission leadership roles, and Susan taught English and study skills to students from elementary to seminary level. Since settling in Bemidji last year, Bill has been teaching at Oak Hills as an adjunct faculty member, and until recently he also served as interim pastor of Chippewa Bible Chapel on the Leech Lake reservation. Now he is stepping into the role of education director at Mokahum. Susan will teach classes on study skills and provide individual tutoring to students who need academic help. The Carrs have two grown daughters.

Samuel and Sarah Dragomir Samuel oversees the student work program Sarah is Women’s Residence Director

The Dragomirs’ connections with Mokahum go back many years. Sarah is originally from Minnesota, and her grandfather, Erwin Brueckner, served as president of Mokahum Indian Bible School in the 1950s. Samuel is from Romania, but since childhood he has had an interest in Native American people. As a young man, his interest deepened when Herman Williams—a Navajo and the father of current CIM Director Zane Williams—visited Romania and stayed with Samuel’s family for a week. The Dragomirs came to the United States in 2011, seeking God’s direction for their future ministry, and saw His hand at work as the doors opened for them to come to Mokahum.

Dan Hovestol Executive Director Mokahum Ministry Center Dan Hovestol will be joining us as the new Executive Director of Mokahum Ministry Center this spring. For 25 years, Dan has served in various roles at Oak Hills Christian College; most recently as the Financial Aid Director and Athletics Director. Native ministry has been a passion of his for some time now and while he’ll miss the students and families at OHCC, he is excited to be following this new direction God is leading him. Dan, his wife Gwen, and his three children will make the transition on May 31st.


investing in Oak Hills Christian College, Camp Oak Hills, and Center for Indian Ministries

Joan Berntson Vice President for Advancement

“You can’t take it with you, but you can send it on ahead” As we prepared for a book sale, I came across a money pouch that had been used on an Oak Hills mission trip to India. In the pouch was a large handful of foreign currency and coins. As I looked at this money which has no value in Bemidji, MN, I was saddened that the money had not been used for some need that the students had while they were in India or traveling back to the U.S. For the first time, I understood what author Randy Alcorn means when he says “You can’t take it with you, but you can send it on ahead.” Our financial success and monetary richness here on earth will have no meaning after we die and are in heaven with Christ and our fellow believers. Spending our time and financial resources on activities and ministries that will help fulfill the great commission will be the only riches that remain after our death. One of the easiest ways to give a larger gift to the Lord’s work is through a planned gift. Determining how to leave your assets after your death can be a daunting task, but it may surprise you how easy it is to make the decision to “send some of it on ahead.” If you have questions about how to get started, Oak Hills would like to help assist you in taking that first step. There are a variety of options available that will help you take care of your family and fund the Lord’s work at the same time. Many of these options may provide inheritance and income tax savings. Please talk to: • Your financial planner, tax professional or • Joan Berntson at 218/888-751-8670 ext. 1249 or cell phone 218-766-2738 for more information.

Alumni Project 2014 Chapel Transformation As part of the campus transition which includes the removal of the administration building, the chapel will double as a classroom to meet the needs of our students. The primary change to the chapel will be replacing the chairs with student desk-ready chairs that can be used both during the worship services and instructional time. The campus transition has already begun with a goal of completing these changes before students return in August. We need your help in purchasing the chairs for the chapel/classroom. This year’s alumni project is to purchase the needed desk chairs at a cost of $15,000, before July 15, 2014. God has provided a matching gift of $7,500 for any gifts that are received toward this project by July 15. You may give online at

Special gifts to Oak Hills We are grateful to those who think of this ministry as a vehicle to express their heartfelt respect and honor for important people in their lives, and to invest in the work of the Kingdom of God in this world. In Memory of: Jean Ballard Spencer & Lois Bower T. Doyle Bowman Mary Crisman Chaplain John K. Dodge Amos Fultz Marcy Boe Kittelson Robert (Bobby) Lorence David Smith Hannah Weltzin Pastor Ted Weltzin

In Honor of: Pastor Larry Brogan Jennifer Durkee Patty Lofgren

Alumni • Alumni & Friends

BIRTHS 2013-14


EJ (’08) and Jennifer (Seifert ’05) Howarth Daughter: Bristol Autumn Uyugaatuchiak born June 30th, Weighed 9 lbs and was 21” long

Richard & Bethany (McKain ’06) Anderson Son: Ezra Richard born January 7, 2014 Weighed 8 lbs 14 oz and was 22” long Joshua (’13) and Kari Emmel Daughter: Elaina Maria born January 16, 2014 Grant (’12) & Heather Zahurance Son: Ezra Joseph born January 13, 2014 Weighed 6 lbs 10.9 oz and was 19” long Larry (’13) & Ashley (Haynes ’13) Klingsheim Daughter: Elizabeth Mae born December 31, 2013 Weighed 8 lbs 14 oz and was 21 3/4" long Tim (’04) & Tara Hoyt Son: Lucas Timothy born December 20, 2013 Weighed 8 lbs and was 20 1/2" long Tony (’09) & Rachel Kastning Daughter: Leah born on November 12, 2013 Ryan (’10) & Jessica (Boyd ’07) Melhus Son: Jackson Hunter born October 24, 2013 Weighed 8 lbs 14 oz and was 20 1/2" long Jordan (’11) and Charissa (Lindstrom ’08) Wall Son: Carter Emerson born July 16, 2013 Weighed 9 lbs 12 oz and was 21” long

John (’04) and Tammy (Myhrer ’03) Weiher: John has been pastoring the Lake George Bible Chapel for the past 7 years and now has accepted a job at the Nashwauk Alliance Church. Tammy has been substitute teaching for the past 2 years and they have 3 kids: Jed (8), Violet (5), and Maxwell (3).

David and Sherri (Skogland ’82) Goedker: Returned last fall from serving as missionaries for 5 years in Guatemala. They helped plant churches, started a school, and helped start a Bible institute. They are now starting a Spanish outreach in Minot, ND, and would appreciate your prayers in this endeavor. George Holt (’80): Living in Cambridge, MN and working at the Super Walmart. He loves the area as he is closer to more family and relatives. George proclaims Christ and shares the gospel with those around him. Sharron (Holt ’63) and Louis Szabo: Living in Lakeville, MN, and are pleased to be celebrating 50 years of marriage!

WEDDINGS 2013 Chad and Chelsea (Parr ’07) Brown Wedding Date: October 12th, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with their families.

Alumni Connection at: • Alumni & Friends

Karen (Anderson ’70) Reese Mike Guritz (’04) Helen J. (Vensland ’68) Petersen

• Alumni Directory - user name: alumni / password: connected • Personal Updates - Keep us informed with your news and photos! • Or email updates or news to:


Upcoming Events Oak Hills Christian College

May 10 ..............Commencement June 11-14 ........Women's Breakaway June 20-22 ........Alumni Weekend July 25 ..............College Preview Day August 14-15 ....Global Leadership Summit

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