Welcome

 Worship gatherings at 9:30 & 11:00 am every Sunday

Bible classes for all ages.

Romans 12:1

In view of God's mercy, offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.

Worship

Romans 12:2

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

Transform

Romans 12:7

In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. If your gift is serving others, serve them well.

Serve

Meet Our Staff

Joe Byler, Lead Pastor

Joe Byler, Lead Pastor

I love the local church. It is the hope of the world bringing people the Good News that Jesus is our savior, healer, and friend.

After a number of years serving the Lord through business, I responded to God’s call to church leadership by accepting Oak Dale’s call to serve as their pastor. It’s been a great 20 plus years.

Naomi and I have enjoyed living in the Salisbury community. To our children, Salisbury is home. We love the warm summer days as well as the cold snowy winters. One of our favorite activities is walking, either hiking mountain trails or walking through Salisbury chatting with friendly neighbors.

My passion is to live my life coming to Jesus and helping others accept Jesus’ invitation: “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light.” Matthew 11. 28-30

Email Joe at joe@oakdalechurch.net or call 814.204.2513

Tom Bender, Family Life Pastor

Tom Bender, Family Life Pastor

I grew up in the Salisbury, Pennsylvania area. I moved back to the area in 1988 with a passion for helping others to find healing and freedom in Christ. I attended Rosedale Bible College in Ohio then went to Hesston College in Kansas. I then lived in Goshen, Indiana for a year before moving back to Somerset County, because I couldn’t stop thinking about and praying for the people back here. Since then I have completed a Bachelor’s program in Psychology, become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, as well as completing a Master’s degree in Social Work.

I would say one of my greatest accomplishment is marrying way out of my league to Laurie, my incredible wife, and having amazing children; Bethany, Joel, Micah, and Ryan.

I’m a people person and I’m fully convinced that God never intended us to do this thing alone. So I consider my friendships some of the best currency I own. My hope is that, if we’re not already friends, maybe you and I could grab a cup of coffee and get to know each
other better and change that!

Email Tom at tjbender@gmail.com or call 814.442.6794

Christian L. Garlitz, Worship Pastor

Christian L. Garlitz, Worship Pastor

Dale Curtis, Outreach Director

Dale Curtis, Outreach Director

Our History

Oak Dale has a rich history of being a part of Christ’s Church in the Casselman Valley for over 100 years.

Oak Dale was formed as a congregation in 1895. Wanting to be more progressive, a group withdrew from the Amish Church, formed a new congregation, and became a charter member of the Conservative Mennonite Conference.

The growing congregation needed a meeting place. The first meeting house was built in 1896 along what is now Oak Dale Road, Salisbury, PA. In 1931 the building was split lengthwise with one side moved toward the roadway, to increase its size by about one-third. By 1995 the congregation once again needed a larger facility. An auditorium was added. Due to the limitations of the building and location, Oak Dale then decided to relocate. The congregation united together, a new building was built, and in 2012 the congregation moved into its current building.

Cultural changes, as difficult as they may be, were made. Preachers went from standing behind a table to a large wooden pulpit and then a glass podium. Parishioners started out sitting on straight-back benches which were replaced with more comfortable benches and then padded chairs. The German hymnbook was replaced by an English hymnbook and then projected hymns, praise songs, and contemporary songs. A cappella singing lead by a song leader was replaced with congregational singing led by a worship team, a band of singers and instrumentalists.

The core value of living out the Gospel in culturally relevant ways continue to guide congregational changes.

Through all the building and cultural changes, Oak Dale’s core beliefs have not changed. The Bible is our authority. Jesus Christ is our savior. The Holy Spirit is our power. The life and teachings of Jesus Christ are our models for living. His Amazing Grace is our only hope and what we rely on each day. May we continue to hold onto the “Faith of our Fathers”.