Transitional Pastor Search Team


May 16, 2021 

On May 16 Jeff Bryant, Howard Kohl, Jill Morrissett, Betsey Caballero, Nikki Eaddy, and Martin Bailey were approved as the Transitional Pastor Search (TPS) Team. As they work with Darrell Webb of the Southern Baptist Convention of VA (SBCV) to bring forward a candidate to the church, they will provide regular updates starting on June 6.  The Ministry Placement Team process of identifying church members for the TPS team considered a cross section of our Small Groups, Ministries, age groups, and ministry experiences. Please pray for our team as we seek God’s direction to find a transitional pastor who will help transform and strengthen our church in preparation for the calling of a permanent pastor.

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Meet the Transitional Search Team

Listed in order of left to right as pictured.

Jeff Bryant has been with Oakland since 2000 and served with the Deacons, Kingdom Warrior Small Group Leader, and Outreach Ministry.  Jeff is married to Chris Bryant and has two adult children, Drew and Jessy. "I'm excited about what God has instore for Oakland as we humbly submit to His will and direction."

Howard Kohl has been with Oakland since 2008 and currently serves as leader for AWANA and High Power Soccer (HPS) summer Bible School. In addition, he has supported several disaster relief efforts with OBC’s local mission’s ministry.  Howard is married to Amy and they have 4 daughters. He is excited to be involved and wants to ensure we report regularly to the OBC congregation.

Jill Morrissett (chair) has been with Oakland since 1984 and served as financial secretary, hand bells player, teacher in nursery-youth-adults, member on previous pastor search team, Haiti mission projects, outreach with Gateway Community Church.  She is married to Jim and brings her experiences as a mother of three married sons, an industrial engineer, and a retired chief scientist. “I am excited to serve on this team to enable Oakland to be a beacon for God’s light to shine in King George!”

Betsey Caballero has been a member of Oakland since 2016.  As the daughter of a church planting pastor, she has a strong background in the workings of the church and the transitional process.  As the mom of 4 boys, she has a good understanding of the needs and importance of the children and youth ministries.  Also, Betsey is active in women's ministry as a teacher and part of the leadership team.  "I am looking forward to working with this amazing team and our church congregation to find a transitional pastor who will help transform and strengthen our church in preparation for the calling of a permanent pastor. These are exciting times!" 

Nikki Eaddy has been a member of Oakland since 2001. She has served with several ministries at Oakland over the years including Worship Team, AWANA, Preschool Ministry, Women’s Bible Studies, and as an Administrative Assistant. She is married to Brian and has 4 children, Luke, Karsyn, Amy, and Tie. She has been a home educator for the past eleven years and is currently teaching acting at The Studio in King George. She is excited to be part of the TPS Team and is looking forward to seeing all of the ways God will be at work in Oakland through the process.  

Martin Bailey has been a member of Oakland since 1976, is a current deacon, and has served in various ministries including Treasurer, Sunday School teacher for youth, young singles and currently the senior adults. He participated in Youth summer mission trips, World Changers, Impact Virginia and developed administrative support system for HPS. “I’m honored to be selected as a member of the TPS Team to assist Oakland members as we each put aside personal feelings and preferences to truly seek God’s will in each member’s life and the church body as a whole as we move through this important time in the life of our church.”