Meet Our Team

Pastor
Dion Loving and wife, Wendy

Pastor Dion began ministering at Oakdale in February of 2021. He is a native of Frederisckburg, Va and has a passion for God's Word and Missions. He actively seeks to disciple and mentor one-on-one to help prepare new ministry leaders for God's service. 

  • Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies- College at Southeastern, Wake Forest, NC
  • Masters of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry and Biblical Languages- Southeastern Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC
Associate Pastor/Youth Pastor
Philip & Kara Beasley

We welcome our new Associate Pastor of Youth Ministry and his wife to Oakdale Baptist Church. Philip is a native of South Carolina. He and Kara have served as NAMB Missionaries with Aparment Life and have a heart for today's youth. Philip has a  Bachelor's degree in Youth Ministry, an MDIV in Christian Apologetics, and a THM in Philosophy of Religion. He is currently working on his doctorate in Christian Philosophy at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Children's Ministry Leader
Jessica Strickland

Jessica has been leading the children's ministry since 2015. She has a passion for teaching children about God's Word and leading them in how to love and learn about Him. 

Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it. - Pr. 22:6

Worship Ministry Leader
Angie Ruffin

Angie grew up at Oakdale and has been involved in the Music Ministry since childhood. She leads the adult & children's choirs and VBS. She has a BA in music education from NC Wesleyan College and Masters in Education from East Carolina Univeristy

Administrative Assistant
Sharon Lynch

Sharon has been with Oakdale since 2007. Born in Grand Forks, ND, she served in the Navy for 4 years while stationed in Italy. This is where she met her husband before  being discharged and moving to Rocky Mount. She has her Associated Degree  from the North Dakota State School of Science.