Meet Our Staff
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 25 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 me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 814.204.2513
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 accomplishments 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 me at email@example.com or call 814.442.6794
Scott Miller, Pastor – Adult Ministry
Scott Miller is graduate from Columbia International University where he earned a Masters degree in Ministry Leadership. Scott has traveled the world leading short term mission trips with a special emphasis in southeast Asia. He has partnered with mission organizations around the globe, such as Wycliffe, Crossover Communications, and Serve India Ministries. He enjoys spending time with his family, he resides in Grantsville, MD with his wife Crystal and son Abiel. Scott has a passion to motivate and inspire this generation to live for God’s Greatest Glory in all the earth! He enjoys life in general and specifically enjoys fishing, hiking and good coffee.
Christian L. Garlitz, Worship Pastor
My wife and I are high school sweethearts. We attended youth group together and grew closer to Jesus and each other. After we graduated from Salisbury, Kasey earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work at Frostburg State University. Meanwhile, I traveled to the University of Valley Forge to complete a Bachelor’s program in Pastoral Ministry.
I proposed to Kasey on New Year’s Day, 2012 in front of our entire Oak Dale church family. She was a little surprised! God eventually led us both back home to Salisbury, where we worked and prepared for local service. A year and a half later, we said our wedding vows before the same congregation in Oak Dale’s new building. I came on staff at the church before long and began directing our Social Media and Worship Ministry.
Music in general has been a passion of mine since I first heard a STAR WARS soundtrack in 1999. Over time, God has stirred up and confirmed my gifting as a worship leader. Little did I know, that the young boy who watched his father lead worship all those years, would follow in his footsteps and continue serving the Bride of Christ in this way. It’s what I’m called to do and I love it!
God has also called us to be foster parents. After several months of working as a Child Welfare case worker, Kasey resigned in order to follow her passion as a stay-at-home Foster Mom. Our dream is for our house to be a safe place for kids to come and experience the love of Jesus!
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 814.289.9189
Ken and Gloria Swartzentruber, Operations
Ken Swartzentruber – Operations
Gloria Swartzentruber – Secretary
We love the beautiful hills of Somerset, PA & Garrett County, MD—so much so that the region has always been home to both of us. We both graduated from Mountain View Christian School in Springs, PA. Ken is currently employed as an electrician & HVAC tech, has an ardent curiosity about how things work, and enjoys a tinkering-type of engineering & design. In 2007 Gloria graduated from Liberty University with a bachelor’s in psychology. In addition to secretary at Oak Dale, she works as an educational therapist. Our shared favorite pastime is spending a Sunday afternoon on our motorcycle! Together we love working as a team, whether to serve others or to accomplish a project of our own.
Dale Curtis, Outreach
Dale is a 1981 graduate of Christ for the Nations Institute, Dallas, TX and currently serves as Director of Outreach at Oak Dale. He and his wife, Rhoda, have had the privilege to minister on four continents, are the parents of six children, and have twenty-one grandchildren. When time permits, Dale enjoys cycling, photography, hunting, and fishing, and quality time with his family.
In many respects, being director of Outreach Ministries at Oak Dale is a perfect fit for me. Shortly after coming to Christ in 1974, I became involved in personal evangelism and various outreach ministries. Evangelism and missions continued to be my ministry focus through Bible College and my ministry internship. Although I pastored bi-vocationally for eighteen years, and still desire and work toward seeing men and women mature in Christ, missions and evangelism is part of my makeup. It’s in my DNA!