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Volume 42 • Issue 2/3 • Summer 2013

Rod Kastner - Alumnus 1978 SIM Missionary and Teacher at Rusitu Bible College, Rusitu, Chimanimani, Zimbabwe, Africa

Influence: but not

® ADMINISTRATION President Dr. Steve Hostetter

In nearly every corner of t of God’s love and truth

Dean of the College Dr. Steven Ware Vice President for Advancement Joan Berntson

Ryan '06 & Jessica Stockstrom Ryan is Senior Pastor at Harvest Fellowship Church. Frazee, MN.

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

Todd and Penny Beaudin '92 Todd is Pastor of Teenagers and Parents at Soldotna Bible Chapel. Soldotna, AK.

Center for Indian Ministries Director Zane Williams

DIRECTION MAGAZINE Volume 42 • Issue 2/3 • Summer 2013 Editor Rachel Johnson - Director of Marketing & Comm.

Roger '78 and Ann '77 Schultz Roger is the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Liberty University. Lynchburg, VA. Drew '74 & Candie '75 Blankman Candie is Pastor of Discipleship at San Clemente Presbyterian Church. San Clemente, CA. Jim '64 and Jan Mulvihill Child Evangelism Fellowship Belize, Central America. 

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 eight bachelor degrees, three 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.

Pictured are alumni representing a broad spectrum of involvement across the world. There are over 3,000 Oak Hills Christian College alumni. Please help us put them on the map by emailing Jim Hodgson at UNITED STATES Alaska Arizona Colorado Idaho Illinois Kentucky Minnesota Montana Nebraska North Carolina North Dakota Oregon Pennsylvania South Dakota Wisconsin

INTERNATIONAL South Africa Chimanimani, Zimbabwe, Africa Liberia, Africa Northern Territory, Australia Dhaka, Bangladesh Brazil China Ecuador India Japan Galmi, Niger Zabedeh, Palestine Papua, Indonesia Peru Philippines Poland

living in the world, of the world

the world, you will experience the influence through the lives of Oak Hills’ alumni!

Jared Larsen '05 Missionary in Asia

Ed & Valerie '85 Johnson Missionaries in Papua, Indonesia. Rodney Kastner '78 & '91 SIM Missionary and Teacher at Rusitu Bible College, Rusitu, Chimanimani, Zimbabwe, Africa. 

Jared '05 and Cheri '04 Mullet Music and children's ministry at a Baptist church in Barunga, Northern Territory, Australia.

Oak Hills’ alumni are impacting the world for Christ . . . as missionaries, business persons, pastors, camp staff, stay-at-home husbands and wives, teachers, social service workers and the like. While much of our world is rapidly moving farther afield from truth and godliness, Oak Hills’ alumni are steadfast in their faith, standing firm as oaks of righteousness, so that the peoples of this world might know that the Lord is, and that He is good. We celebrate our alumni, and are grateful for their impact for God in the world.

To God be the glory!

Dr. Steve Hostetter

President, Oak Hills Christian College

College Life

cross-cultural training for

the New Millenium

by Dr. Matthew Friedman Matthew is director of the Intercultural Studies program. Matthew has 26 years of ministry experience, primarily focused on Muslim communities in South Asia. He recently obtained his Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies from Asbury Theological Seminary. He holds an M.Div. from the Acts Academy of Higher Education in Bangalore, India, and a B.A. in Psychology from Charter Oak State College.

Jared represents Oak Hills Christian College students who are trained and will be involved in cutting-edge ministry in nations around the world, working to serve the poor, pursue justice for those who have been oppressed, as well as proclamation of the Good News of Jesus in a language that will be understood. As North American society becomes increasingly multicultural, others will find that skills in communicating and working cross-culturally are increasingly in demand at home, especially for those working or doing business in multicultural communities. In each of these settings, it is crucial that a commitment to living out and proclaiming the Gospel in ways that are relevant are also grounded in the Scriptures and historic Christian witness in a manner which remains faithful. Our program has a dual focus, with the major being in Biblical as well as Intercultural Studies. Having a solid foundation in properly understanding the message of the Bible enables our graduates to be able to move into cross-cultural situations with confidence. Cutting-edge training in intercultural communication and ministry provide the tools to enable our graduates, with God's guidance and power, to be effective in participating in God's mission wherever God brings them. An Oak Hills Christian College Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies and Intercultural Studies thus includes foundational as well as advanced courses in Biblical interpretation and a variety of course options on sections of the Old and New Testaments. Students will also lay foundations in courses in spiritual formation, with various courses in the history and practice of intercultural life and witness, including understanding various regional cultures and world religions, and opportunities to utilize these in outreach throughout each semester. “...that Your way may be known on earth, Your saving power among all nations.� Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You!� Psalm 67:1-3 (ESV)

CIM Life Center for Indian Ministries

Zane Williams CIM Director

First Ministry Certificate Graduates On May 11th it was an honor to represent our Advisory Council and staff by awarding Mokahum Ministry Center's first three Ministry Certificates in nearly forty years. Since the reopening of Mokahum Ministry Center, seventeen students have received Discipleship Certificates! It has been a privilege to be their director and to be part of their lives over the past three years. I've seen spiritual growth in each life. Each graduate is focused on how God will use them in their upcoming ministries. Brian Whitehorse - Navajo from Kayenta, AZ Brian plans to stay in the Bemidji/Cass Lake region, continuing to work with area youth through basketball ministry. "The most rewarding part is the bond I've built with so many of the young people here. I never expected that God would use me to mentor them, but to see how they grow each day encourages me to keep doing what I'm doing. I strongly believe this is where God has called me and I trust in that." Chris Ballard - Cherokee from Tahlequah, OK Chris, along with his wife, Janine, and son, Nicholas, will be moving to Hays, Montana in July. Chris has accepted a position as pastor of Hays Alliance Church which is located on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. "Mokahum Ministry Center's intense Bible studies helped prepare me to pastor a native church. The courses were fast-paced and even though I might not remember everything from my classes, one thing I do know is the Word of God." Rebecca Estey - Ojibwe from Naytahwaush, MN Rebecca is a licensed chaplain who plans to stay on the White Earth Reservation where she grew up. "There are plenty of places to minister around White Earth: hospitals, nursing homes, jails, and the homeless community. Getting a paid position is not what's important. What's important is being ready to answer God's call and bring healing to people when they need it."

Staff and summer volunteer work teams are busy preparing our campus for the start of our fifth year of equipping disciples and training leaders through culturally relevant biblical education, ministry training, and character formation.

Please be in prayer for: • Rebecca Estey (Ojibwe) as she pursues ministry as a chaplain on the White Earth Reservation. • Brian Whitehorse (Navajo) in youth ministries. • Chris Ballard (Cherokee) who, along with his wife, Janine, and son, Nick, will be moving to Montana to pastor a church on the Ft. Belknap Indian Reservation.

Camp Life

Scott Buchan Camp Oak Hills Director

Volunteers help win souls to Christ! 5th year volunteers for Christ, Sherwood and Evelyn Johnson

Lives of Service and Love Romans 8:28 says "All things work together for good..." Evelyn and Sherwood Johnson began volunteering at Camp Oak Hills the summer of 2008. The Johnsons’ major contributions have been in building maintenance and food preparation. They spend the entire summer with us at camp, putting in hundreds of hours each year. (Evelyn is now part of the paid staff, working as the assistant cook.) I am so grateful for volunteers like Sherwood and Evelyn who come alongside the camp staff to partner in the mission of developing and equipping life-long followers of Jesus. This past year, more than 80 volunteers served an estimated 2,000 hours at camp. These friends of camp are vital to the success of the ministry. Our greatest needs are in building maintenance and cleaning, kitchen help, and storm clean-up.

If you would like to serve as a volunteer at camp, please contact me at 218.444.4085 or

We have found many ways to help out at Camp Oak Hills including cleaning cabins, painting, sanding and refinishing benches, repairing deck rails and screens, washing windows, mowing, and more. Meals are a very important part of camp life so we (and others) have donated time and effort to help clean and cut up vegetables and fruit and help keep everything clean. With all of us "working together" by praying, giving, donating, and volunteering, we all have a part in winning souls to Christ at Camp Oak Hills.

Come join us! God is at work!

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

Your Will Makes a Difference An intentional act of love and service Several times during the last fiscal year Oak Hills received gifts as a result of a bequest in a will. These gifts help make it possible for: • Students to prepare for service • Campers to grow in their love and knowledge of Christ • Native American believers to become strong disciples Many of these planned gifts were provided for in a will written years ago as the word about what God was doing in Northern Minnesota through Oak Hills spread around the region, through the Midwest, and beyond. God continues to transform the lives of campers, students and Native Americans; and through their lives, those who they will serve and minister to for years to come. Please consider adding Oak Hills to your estate plan through your will or speak with your financial advisor how best to impact the work of the Lord through your financial planning. Joan Berntson would be happy to visit with you about what options are available.

Student Grant Fund Fast Facts Oak Hills is committed to providing significant assistance to students who need help to reduce their college expense. In 2012-13 we gave out $450,000 in grants and scholarships providing a tuition discount of 25%. These grants and scholarships include needbased aid, merit scholarships, alumni scholarships and more! Last school year, we raised $233,000. We again anticipate giving out more than $450,000 in grants and scholarships. Our ultimate goal is to match Student Grant Fund income to the total grants and scholarships given to students each year.

God’s Providence Experiencing His Goodness Thinking back over the last year at Oak Hills and the impact that the three ministries have had on people’s lives, I am reminded of the providence of God. • His provision of small personal connections and kindnesses that will never make headline news fill my soul with a gratitude and peace that is hard to express. • His overarching care and loving guidance for the College, Camp Oak Hills, and Mokahum Ministry Center that are worthy of news articles and hand-it-down, fall-on-our-knees stories both amaze and humble me. It is through the sacrificial and faithful giving of God’s people that Oak Hills is able to impact campers, students and the surrounding Native American community. Thank you to all who pray for students and campers, missionaries and staff, transformed lives and changed communities. It is with a deep sense of gratitude that I see the part each of us has to play in fulfilling the great commission that Christ has given us: to make disciples and to share the gospel even unto the ends of the earth.

Your continued support is a blessing to our entire OHCC family. Joan Berntson Vice President for Advancement 218.751.8670 ext. 1249

Distance education Dr. Steven Ware Dean of the College

Leaders from every arena will convene for two days to be challenged, equipped, and inspired. Will you be there? Oak Hills hosts this life-changing simulcast. for more information: Contact Jim Hodgson • 888.751.8670 Or check out for a host site near you!

Online Education: A Different Strategy to Fulfill the Mission

The core of the Oak Hills Christian College mission statement has always been to equip Jesus’ followers for Kingdom service. Over the years, we’ve used many different strategies to fulfill that mission. We are very pleased to announce that we have just added yet another: the online Associates Degree in Biblical Studies and Ministry. This program was designed for professional and volunteer ministers who would like to further deepen their knowledge in biblical studies and develop their skills in hands-on ministry. What differentiates it from our other majors is that it can be completed completely online in only two years. Further, tuition has been reduced by more than 40% compared to our traditional programs. The curriculum was also crafted to provide a seamless transition between the Associates program and the online Bachelors Degree in Leadership and Ministry, should a person decide to pursue a four-year degree.

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.

Help us get the word out about this important opportunity to equip ministry leaders. Identify people who would benefit by such a program and encourage them to contact us.

ONLINE STUDIES for adult students In Memory of: Ruth Anderson Eva Magawa

In Honor of: Joan Berntson Jennifer Durkee Patti Lofgren Barbara Smith

• Associate's Degree in BIBLICAL STUDIES and MINISTRY 42 Credits of Core Courses 21 Credits in General Education and Free Electives • Bachelor’s Degree in LEADERSHIP and MINISTRY 54 Credits of Core Courses 66 Credits in General Education and Free Electives • Non-Traditional & Adult Student Courses Wide range of individual courses Call (888 or 218) 751-8670 ext.1247 for more information.

Alumni News BIRTHS Trevor '07 and Cortney '07 (Haworth) Asher Birth: Son, Titus, March 27, 2013 (1st child) He weighed 7 lbs 5 oz and was 21 inches long. Resides: Becker, MN

Mark '06 and Anna '04 (Anderson) Bjornrud Birth: Son, Lewis Albert, May 29, 2013 (3rd child) He weighed 9 lbs and was 21.5 inches long. Resides: Bemidji, MN

Cody and Lynn '07 (Kilmister) Krueth Birth: Daughter, Hattie Jo, April 16, 2013 (1st child) She weighed 8 lbs 1 oz and was 21.5 inches long. Resides: Clear Lake, MN Joe '11 and Clara (CS) Teixeira Birth: Daughter, Camille Nadine, May 7, 2013 (3rd child) She weighed 7.1 lbs and was 20 inches long. Resides: Bemidji, MN

FAMILY NEWS Sonia '97 (Sunni Briggs) Helgeson I have a beautiful daughter who has grown into a young woman with an amazing heart for Christ, the disabled, and missions. I married a wonderful man, Randy, in November 2012 and we now serve as the caretakers at Camp Dellwater in Pinewood, MN. Randy is in the process of adopting my daughter, and we are expecting a baby in November.

Chris and Jackie '11 (Griffith) McClain Birth: Son, Caden Christopher, August 9, 2012 (1st child) He weighed 7 lbs 7 ounces and was 22 inches long. Resides: Sandstone, MN

Jared and Elizabeth '01 (VandenAvond) Pomeroy Birth / Adoption: Daughter, Elea Jane, Aug. 14th, 2012 adopted February 13, 2013 (1st child). Resides: Wilmore, KY

JP and Hannah '06 (Kalmbacher) Bryan Birth: Daughter, Rachel Grace, May 20, 2013 (1st child) She weighed 7 lbs 12 oz and was 20 inches long. Resides: Hypoluxo, FL

Justin '11 and Michelle' 09 (Koep) Distel Birth: Daughter, Emma Patricia, Feb. 4, 2013 (2nd child) She weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces and was 20 inches long. Resides: Fergus Falls, MN

Vaughn '89 and Joy '89 (Vandeberg) Blackburn After living in Minneapolis for 23 years, God chose a new ministry for us in Michigan. We are now House Parents for Baptist Children's Home in Saint Louis, Michigan (about an hour north of Lansing), ministering to youth ages 8-18. We have also recently become grandparents as God has blessed our oldest daughter and son-in-law with a son in February.

WEDDINGS Alex '13 and Jacinda (Kinnunen) Aili - December 15, 2012 Dylan '12 and Amy '12 (Trappe) Russell - June 8, 2013

Alumni • Alumni & Friends

“Preparing . . . for effective Christian living and service” was the motto of Oak Hills in the 1970’s which still today identifies the ministry Oak Hills had for me. Now with thirty plus years of teaching, discipling, with serving and meetings in Africa, I suppose I could say that the efforts exerted on this individual must have reaped some fruit somewhere (God only knows).

Rod Kastner - Alumnus 1978

Ultimately, the Russells and Thompsons, the Fredriksons and Wolds surely bear some of the responsibility for keeping me here today – secluded away on the back-ruts at the edge of this continent – yet touching the lives of just a few men and women of this nation in theological education, intending as they are, for preparation in full-time pastoral ministry.

SIM Missionary and Teacher at Rusitu Bible College, Rusitu, Chimanimani, Zimbabwe, Africa

I love and hate the toil. Fortunately, not always on the same day, but confident at least, that God intends to keep me here (for now) to shape the lives of others who will reach volumes beyond my own meager grasp. I teach both Bible subjects and library management, basic health and animal husbandry; and as a bachelor beyond mid-life, my students laugh at the terminology. That’s okay. I am content to share as my focus the words of the Apostle Paul stated in Acts 20:24b that I might be able “to testify to the gospel of God’s grace” and allow HIM to use the situations. When I didn’t have a call to stay, I had to go. Thank you for your prayers. - Rod Kastner

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