Meet Our Staff Team

Lead Pastor

Emanuel Istrate

Emanuel joined the Oxford Bible Fellowship staff in July 2016. He previously served as an associate pastor at Crossroads Community Church in Carol Stream, IL. Emanuel is passionate about the Gospel, expository preaching, and developing leaders. He is excited to be a part of what God is doing in Oxford and at Miami University. He served as the pastor of student ministries from 2016 until he assumed the interim lead position at Oxford Bible Fellowship in May of 2022.

Emanuel immigrated to the United States from Romania and grew up in northern California. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Columbia International University.

Emanuel and his wife, Melissa, met during their time at Moody. They have three children: Moriah, Ezekiel, and Eden. As a family, they love being active outdoors, spending time with friends and family, and traveling. In his free time, Emanuel loves playing and coaching soccer, watching historical films, and trying to keep up with his three energetic kids!

Director of Student Ministries and Finance

Justin Kailer

Justin joined the Oxford Bible Fellowship staff in January 2019.  As the Student Ministries Director, he oversees the developing and teaching curriculum for our middle school students. He loves seeing how the truths of faith take hold and change students’ perspectives and priorities in life. As the Director of Finance, Justin oversees the overall financial and accounting management at Oxford Bible Fellowship to ensure integrity, stewardship, and transparency.

Justin began attending Oxford Bible Fellowship while studying economics at Miami University, from which he graduated in 2013. He then served with a missions’ organization in the country of Fiji for a year before returning to Oxford and marrying his wife, Alexandria. Justin loves playing sports and is an avid fan of all Pittsburgh’s professional teams and Liverpool F.C. He also enjoys board games, learning about church history, reading fiction, and spending time with friends.

Pastoral Resident- Overseeing Adult Ministry and Discipleship

Taylor Scott

Taylor grew up in Kansas and came to know Christ in high school through the power of the Holy Spirit and free burritos! He built a friendship with his now-wife, Christy, during a spring break trip with The Navigators to Colorado Springs. Taylor and Christy spend lots of time loving, wrangling, and investing in their four kids. Taylor enjoys life outside, coffee, creating things with his hands, and anytime he and Christy can enjoy good food in a new city.

Taylor has served in collegiate ministry with The Navigators since 2010 and has been the Campus Director at Miami University since 2013. He is pursuing a Masters of Biblical and Theological Studies from Western Seminary. Taylor’s ministry passions are to see people’s lives transformed by the gospel, discipleship cultures created and grown, and for leaders to be developed and released. Taylor joined the Oxford Bible Fellowship staff team in September 2023 as the Pastoral Resident overseeing Adult Ministry and Discipleship.

Part-Time Administrative Assistant

Heather Perry

Heather and her family have been part of our church for 10 years. Heather grew up just outside Oxford but moved away for college and then marriage to Sam. After having been away from family for several years, Sam was blessed to find a job with the city of Oxford. Heather homeschools their four children Adeline, Isaac, Josiah and Silas, and is a soccer mom. If things are quiet enough, she enjoys reading and watching Hallmark movies.

Children's Ministry Director

Pati Greene

Pati has attended OBF since moving to the area in June 2010. For the past 12 years she has homeschooled her children and loved instructing them in the way of the Lord. She is overjoyed to now be serving the Lord as OBF’s Children’s Ministry Director, beginning July 2023. Through this work, she is passionate about connecting the hearts of little ones to The One.

Pati immigrated to the USA from Brazil in 1996 to attend the University of Cincinnati, where she graduated with a degree in Dietetics & Nutrition. It was during her time at UC that she met her husband, Isaac. Pati and Isaac have been blessed with 7 children.

Pati loves meeting the Lord at sunrise with a fresh cup of coffee. She also enjoys reading, being in her garden,and enthusiastically cheering for her kids on the soccer field. She loves welcoming new people into her home and thoroughly believes in the saying, “Mi casa es tu casa”.
Part-Time Administrative Assistant

Maggie Wolff

Maggie re-joined the Oxford Bible Fellowship staff in April 2022 after having served in the same capacity, prior to having kids. As a Ministry Assistant, she assists the other staff with a range of tasks from communication to keeping supplies stocked. Her prayer is continually to be a blessing to the other staff and free them to more fully fulfill their God-given roles.

Maggie studied Women’s Ministry at Moody Bible Institute. She has loved getting to use this training within the church as a youth group leader and women’s Bible study leader. She and her husband, Jonathan, moved from Chicago for his job at Miami University in 2014. Their family has since grown and they now live with three little personalities (Liesl, Greta, and Otto) and two furry personalities (German Shepherd pup and Bengal cat). When not chasing children or cleaning, she enjoys running, gardening, and eating good food with friends.

Meet Our Elder Team

Our Deacon Team

Brian & Amy Schlake

Lead Deacon(ess)

John Faries

Outdoor Facilities

Ellen Hernandez


Alex Kailer

Women's Ministry

Don Kidd

Community Groups

Greg Presnall


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