White Oak Chapel's Vision
In 1983, Dr. Joseph Kostelnik was driving through Queensland, Australia, on his way to preach yet another evangelistic meeting.
While he was praying for the imminent church service, God interrupted him with a prophetic word. This is a paraphrase of His directions:
"When you return to America, you will oversee a local church serving the Tri-State.
In addition, you will train up and send out others in the ministry.
Third, you will take short-term mission trips and reach out to foreign fields, as the Holy Spirit leads."
A Lighthouse for the Full Gospel
In 1985, Pastor Joe was a year into pastoring a congregation in northern Kentucky. During a home-meeting sponsored by that church, another word of prophecy came: the Lord wanted a new independent work to be pioneered in the northwest of Cincinnati, Ohio, to be a "lighthouse" for the Full-Gospel.
Pastor assumed it would be an outreach of his current congregation in KY, but circumstances out of his control led to him resigning within a couple of years.
At the time, Pastor Joe was already training ministers as an adjunct professor for International Seminary. As you will see below, God was already forming that which He had earlier prophesied!
Elim, an Oasis
Not long after, Pastor's wife, Barbara, had the word "elim" continue to come to her mind when thinking of this new work. She looked it up and found it meant "place of the oaks" or "place of the palms" and was mentioned in Exodus 15:27. They both had already been thinking of calling this new work "White Oak Chapel."
Barbara also had the impression that this new congregation would be an oasis for those seeking refuge. Independently, some 15 years later, their son Solomon sensed the same from the Lord, that this church was to be an oasis and refuge for those who have been hurt.
The Founding Verse
In addition to the above leading of the Lord, the following verse of scripture repeatedly "jumped out" at both Pastor Joe and Barb as the fundamental operation of this new ministry:
"Prepare your work outside,
And get your fields ready.
Afterwards, build your house."
This scriptural vision has been borne out through the missionary work that Pastor Joe did well before planting this church: both overseas and locally. The same continues today, primarily through the Internet, as we have reached out beyond our four walls before building this local congregation.
A Three-Fold Ministry
Just as the Holy Spirit's word was spoken to Dr. Kostelnik, this church is part of a three-prong outreach of Gospel Truth Ministries, the non-profit ministry incorporated by Dr. Kostelnik and his wife, Barbara, in 1980.
A Local Church
While not the "average" church, we still offer many of the things found in today's modern, Christian assembly: corporate worship of God, in-depth teaching of the Bible, discipleship of new believers, and pastoral care for members such as performing marriages, funerals, and counseling.
Read "Our Services" for more on what we do here.
Bible & Ministry Training
To reach out beyond the four walls of our church building, as well as train those attending here, Dr. Kostelnik offers courses, books and audio sermons to build up and equip any believer in the Lord Jesus for a godly and successful life in the Spirit.
This is first done through The Prophetic Voice Institute, a ministry training outreach primarily done online through its website; we also offer the printed courses in our bookcase here in the church, and occasionally teach an in-person class of the courses depending on interest.
With over 13660 course registrations from students in 149 countries, including all 50 of the United States, it features three courses, a combined total of over 600 pages of power-packed material to disciple the new believer and take him or her to the fulness of the blessing of the Gospel of Christ.
Prophetic Voice Publications, our book and audio ministry, includes audio recordings of 3018 messages, sermons and teachings preached here at White Oak Chapel, mostly by the Pastor, Dr. Joseph Kostelnik. We are continually adding the older recordings to our website, with 3018 available online for free download right now.
It also includes the 20+ books written by Dr. Kostelnik, and a few by some of his faithful members. They are available as free downloads, or for a small donation from our church bookcase.
Our most recent outreach, The GTM Radio Network, is an online Christian radio station, broadcasting the best in Christian music, from the 70's until today, available free to listeners all across the world! It is programmed by our Media Director, Jeff Eldred.
Tune in during our service times and you will be able to listen the live broadcast of our services!