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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 814.204.2513
Tom Bender, Pastor – Counseling
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 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.