Senior Pastor

   Joe Oakley has a unique blend of life experiences that give him a powerful relevant ministry as a pastor and leader.

   Joe grew up in a Pastor’s home, so he has been involved in church his entire life.  He did not plan to go into the ministry, but pursued a career in the Christian music and retail industry.  He was successful in both areas.  In fact, Joe once managed the Living Vine in Irving, Texas, which at that time was the largest Christian store in the world.

   Joe felt a call into full-time ministry while attending Shady Grove Church in Grand Prairie, Texas. He went back to school and earned a bachelor’s degree in Theology from Christian International University.  He became an Elder at Shady Grove Church where he spent 5 years writing and editing a 7 book series entitled First Principles.

   As Senior Pastor of Grace Fellowship Church, Joe is an excellent teacher and an exceptional leader.  His passions are to experience the presence of God, equip the people of God and extend the kingdom of God. He loves to raise up other leaders and release them into their calling and destiny.​


by Joe Oakley

   In this powerful book, Joe Oakley shows you how God's principles of promotion will help you move forward in life so that you actually end up somewhere far better than where you are now. This book gives biblical help in advancing in every area of life, from the spiritual to the physical to the relational - but the main emphasis is how to advance in your career, or life calling. This book will not only teach you, but it will motivate you to advance with courage and authority.

   Some of the important truths you will learn include: How to discover your calling in life How to develop a personal vision statement How to be an indispensable employee How to develop people skills How to get noticed so you get promoted How to keep your life in balance This book includes worksheets at the end of each chapter to help you take immediate action to advance in life.


by Joe and Deborah Oakley

     Leadership has changed drastically from the days when only men could lead. Now, men and women lead together and that requires communication, commitment and hard work. Leading Side by Side is about a husband/wife team who unlocked the power of leading together.

     In this timely and transparent book, Pastors Joe and Deborah Oakley share the wisdom they’ve learned from over forty years of leading side by side. They also give a biblical basis for women in leadership. The principles in this book apply to any husband/wife team or any group of men and women leading together: business teams, ministry teams, church teams, or volunteer teams. In order for those teams to succeed, they must learn how to unlock the power of men and women leading together.

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