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
Pastor Peter Matthews

Lead Pastor

Amy Smith

Office Administrator and Book Keeper

Running Children
Keri Fansher

Children's Ministry Coordinator

Helping Hands
Rebecca Lisiewski

Director of Engagement and Youth

Jen Messaros & Amy Enloe

Volunteer Music Directors

Pastor Peter Matthews

Pastor Peter was appointed to OUMC in the summer of 2021. He is a much sought-after author and speaker who has preached, lectured, or keynoted extensively throughout the United States, India, Jamaica, England, Switzerland, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, and South Africa over the past two decades. A reoccurring guest contributor to the Huffington Post, he also is the co-founder of the Global Village, a Methodist church collective of seven churches from which he secured more than $500,000 to initiate creative solutions to persistent problems in critical core urban areas. In that capacity, he also leads a staff of four to renew the historic Methodist faith from an international context while developing a pipeline for a new generation of persons wanting to work in historic African American congregations with Methodist Theological School of Ohio in Delaware.

He is currently serving as the lead pastor for Oakwood United Methodist Church in a 3/4 time appointment and for McKinley United Methodist Church (the oldest African American church in Dayton, Ohio) in a 1/4 time appointment. He is the founding Director for the Center for Global Renewal and Mission at United Theological Seminary (Dayton, Ohio). In addition, Peter is the inaugural executive director of the John E. Moore Sr. Center for Equity. The center, Dayton’s leading faith-based social incubator, is McKinley’s social service agency that serves more than 3,500 persons annually alongside the University of Dayton, the Urban League, Primary Health Solutions, City Wide Development Corporation, West Dayton Strong, and Sinclair Community College.

A graduate of Denison University and Princeton Theological Seminary, Peter is a graduate of the University Of Geneva, Switzerland’s Master’s Program In Ecumenism with the World Council of Churches. He is currently working on his doctoral thesis entitled “Franchise Hope” (Social Holiness as a Spiritual Enterprise). He is married with two adult sons and a grandson who takes his breath away every time he says “Pa Pa”.

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