About Us

Who we are-

*We are a community people who have a desire to impact the world through relationships with God and each other.

*We strive to build a family of faith as a community who cares about each other in deep and meaningful ways.

*We work to lift each other up in times of difficulty and celebrate the milestones of doing life together.

*We profess a love for God, manifest through the life and ministry of Jesus Christ and sustained by the Holy Spirit.

*We believe that as a community of United Methodists, we are connected to other congregations around the world, and we celebrate our calling to social justice and outreach, holiness of life and spiritual growth through worship and Bible Study. 

Our Pastor & Staff
Running Children
Helping Hands
Lori Reiber
Keri Fansher
Amy Smith

Lead Pastor

Office Administrator and Book Keeper

Children's Ministry Coordinator

Jen Messaros & Amy Enloe
Bob Whitehead
Rebecca Lisiewski

Director of Engagement and Youth

Volunteer Music Directors

Building Maintenance

Pastor Lori Reiber

Lori was appointed to OUMC in the summer of 2017. She comes to us from having served in a number of other United Methodist Churches as well as teaching at United Theological Seminary as an Adjunct Professor for Christian Education and a Facilitator for Ministry Formation.

Lori has lived in Oakwood for 8 years with her family. Her husband is Tom Miller, who is also a pastor and is serving at Neighborhood UMC in Dayton. Lori has two children that have graduated from Oakwood High School, Madeline and Michael Watson, and he step-son is currently a junior at OHS.


Lori has BS in Secondary Education from Indiana University, with a concentration in English and a Minor in Speech and Theater. After college she taught for 5 years in suburban Chicago, teaching High School English and Oral Communications and directing the schools plays and musicals. As she moved with her family to New Hampshire and then Texas, she stayed at home with her two young children. When she moved back home to Cincinnati in 2003, she heard a call to full time Ministry and began her studies at United Theological Seminary, where she earned her Master of Divinity in 2008, returned to UTS to earn her Doctor of Ministry in 2012. In 2012, Pastor Lori was also Ordained as a Deacon in the United Methodist Church. 


Staying open to God’s work in her life, Lori has discerned a call to the role of the Elder within the United Methodist Church, and she was Ordained as an Elder in June of 2019. 


With a passion for reaching the younger generations and helping others grow in their faith through discipleship, study and outreach, Lori is committed to working with our youth, young families and adults, to help Oakwood reach out and help to impact the community, and to offer a place where all feel welcomed, loved and are given the opportunity to continue to grow into the person God intends them to be.

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