Our Staff

Andrew Ruth, Pastor | andrew@oaklandpresbyterianchurch.org

Andrew was raised in Fayetteville, NC and the woods thereabout. He studied mathematics at Davidson College, while learning to minister to high school students through Young Life. He continued his ministry preparation at Duke Divinity School, before traveling to 12 countries to learn from Christians.

I get to do what I love for a living. I get to talk to people about life and Jesus and how the Scriptures narrate the intersection of the two. I get to watch Jesus use his church to transform lives, heal marriages, and break addiction. I get to witness good people convicted of sin and liberated from the bondage of self-righteousness. I get to welcome prodigals home. I’m a lucky man. I married the girl of my dreams and we have wiggly son, Jack. We love to host people and listen to good music. She still lets me fish and hunt. She believes in me, because she believes in Jesus. I’m a lucky man. God has called me to preach and teach. I’ve traveled around the world to learn how to be the church. I have seen the unforgivable forgiven; the incurable cured; and the suicidal reborn. I get to love folks who have given up on church but not on God; to make more and better disciples of Jesus. God has called me to Oakland to serve a growing community and to push us all into the deeper waters of God’s grace. I’m a lucky man, because I don’t believe it’s luck.

Sarah Leonard, Office Administrator and Children Ministry Coordinator  |  secretary@oaklandpresbyterianchurch.org

I am so excited and humbled that I have been selected to take on this new role at Oakland.  One of my passions is serving others, and I know that I will have plenty of opportunity to express that passion through serving as the office administrator.  Education and training is another area that I have always felt drawn to, even if I might be scared to death to get up and talk in front of a crowd.   The expansion of this position at Oakland will include leading and guiding the children’s ministry which gives me the honor of working with our awesome Sunday school teachers, helping decide on curriculums for our children, and coordinating many of the volunteering roles and topics for our children focused programs including VBS.