Brian and Beth Ball, along with their parents, Gordon and Dale Ball, form Oakridge Ministries, Inc. They sell their homes in Virginia and move to Anadarko, Oklahoma, to purchase a camp and retreat center facility from the Southwest Oklahoma Church of the Nazarenes (Property #1). They secure a four-year interest-free loan from the Nazarene owners to purchase the camp. The Ball family then incorporate and appoint themselves as the first Oakridge trustees, setting up Oakridge Ministries as a non-denominational, independent, Bible-believing Christian ministry. Brian Ball, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, is appointed the President.
John and Vicki Bates sell their home in Virginia, move to Anadarko, and are appointed trustees. The new staff starts cleaning, renovating, painting, scrubbing, cutting, repairing, and dreaming — all while enjoying every minute of it to the glory of God.
The ministry begins offering church services to the community through Oakridge Community Church, meeting at the camp.
Oakridge pays off the interest-free loan to the Nazarenes and purchases a church building in town (Property #2). That church building will serve the community for years as a church, private school, and childcare center.
Oakridge installs a swimming pool on the camp property.
Oakridge purchases the Pentecostal Holiness Camp (Property #3 - WEST Camp) next to the main camp and the 30-acre ranch across the highway (Property #4).
Renovation and improvement at the camp and childcare center continue. Growth occurs in staff, facilities and assets, insured value, camp guest attendance, and income. Oakridge starts its ranch with the donation of two loving goats!
Oakridge starts a Food Bank, distributing with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. About 75 families are served every week.
Oakridge constructs Goliath, its high-ropes challenge course. A recreation room attached to the main chapel is also built.
Gordon and Dale Ball, original Trustees, return to Ohio, their hometown area for retirement.
Oakridge celebrates its 15th Anniversary! John and Vicki Bates, original trustees and tremendous servants, leave Oakridge to serve at Grace Home in Blanchard, Oklahoma.
The number of Oakridge summer campers has grown from 300 in 2001 to 2,500 in 2015. Most campers stay for five days of camp, but some come just for weekends. Since Oakridge is a year-round facility, it serves over 4,000 guests each year. The annual budget has frown from around $95,000 in 2000 to over $750,000. Staff has grown from the original three families and one summer staffer in 2000 to over 25 summer staff and 15 full- and part-time staff in 2015.
2016 and Beyond
We invite you to help us realize what God desires to do through Oakridge Ministries.
Future plans and dreams include:
- Gymnasium/wellness center
- Larger gift shop
- A waterslide to place near the Goliath area
- Lazy river
- Cabin rentals
- Conference Center