Who Are We?

The Oaks School of Leadership (OSL) exists to position students for effective leadership in a variety of capacities—including ministry, non-profit, and business leadership—by providing students with hands-on leadership training combined with the opportunity to earn a degree from an accredited university. OSL was founded in 2009, birthed out of a passion to give students practical leadership experience in order to immediately apply what they learn in the university setting.  Since 2009, more than 600 students have gone through the program and many serve in high-caliber leadership positions throughout our nation and around the world.

From Our Pastors

God has challenged Oaks Church to take our vision of “Growing Generations that Transform Communities” to unprecedented heights. Our response to what God has called us to do in Acts 1:8 is to EQUIP the next generation in our church (Jerusalem), ENGAGE communities (Judea and Samaria), and EXPAND God’s Kingdom (ends of the earth). The vision is so big that it’s going to take all of us to pull it off.
 
The Oaks School of Leadership (OSL) is a huge part of this effort. I’ve asked all pastors to invest 25% of their weekly time into mentoring, discipling, and training the next generation of leaders in the Oaks School of Leadership. We’ve also invested a large part of our finances back into scholarships for students. Jenni and I are praying for you. We love you and are very excited about what God will do in and through our church as we go on this journey together. Thank you for being a part of what God is doing at Oaks Church. 
 
Scott and Jenni Wilson – Senior Pastor of Oaks Church

How It Works

Students enroll in 12 to 18 credit hours per semester with SAGU. Each semester, students will take a 3-credit hour leadership course that counts toward the fulfillment of their academic degree. The leadership course is taught by SAGU faculty. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, students will go to class at SAGU. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, students participate in leadership development opportunities at Oaks Church.

Location

The Oaks School of Leadership is located approximately 20 miles south of Dallas, Texas. The Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex is one of the fastest growing urban centers in the nation. 

Though OSL is close to Dallas, Texas, our church and university campuses both have a “small town feel,” as both locations are in the smaller suburbs of Red Oak and Waxahachie, Texas.

Our Leadership

Bryan Brooks

Bryan Brooks is the Dean of the Oaks School of Leadership, which has graduated more than 600 students since 2009. Previously, Bryan was the Assistant Dean for Admissions at Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) from 2010-2013.  Bryan also pastored a church in Fredericksburg, Virginia for 8 years (2002-2010) prior to moving to Texas.
 
In the early 2000s, Bryan was the personal aide to former Senate Chaplain of the United States, Dr. Lloyd J. Ogilvie. During his time in the Senate Chaplain’s office, Bryan helped facilitate over 100 small groups across the 6,000-strong US Senate staff. He was in the chaplain’s office on 9/11 and assisted with prayer and Bible studies on Capitol Hill following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
 
Bryan has been married to Sue since October 4, 2003, and they have five children: Ellie, Evan, Ava, Aaron, and Ian. He holds a Master of Divinity from SAGU as well as a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Washington State University.

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Sue Brooks

Sue Brooks is the Program Director of the Oaks School of Leadership and has been on staff at Oaks Church since 2013. Sue earned her B.S. in Psychology from Christopher Newport University in 2003, where she worked extensively in the field of empirical research. Following her undergraduate work, she and Bryan were married and pastored a church in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
 
During this time, Sue began graduate work to earn a Master of Education degree but eventually decided to hold off on her graduate studies to be available to her growing family. Bryan and Sue had 4 children in Virginia prior to moving to Texas, and welcomed their 5th child—their Texas baby—in 2012. Sue returned to her graduate work in 2017 but felt called to step away from her MEd work in order to pursue a biblical studies degree. She earned her Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies from Southwestern Assemblies of God University in 2018 and is currently pursuing her Master of Divinity degree.

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Kolby Kissinger

Kolby Kissinger is an OSL graduate and now serves as the Experience Director of the Oaks School of Leadership. He also serves as the Pastor of the Oaks Young Adults ministry at Oaks Church. Kolby was led to Christ on October 19, 2002 at a Billy Graham Crusade at the old Dallas Cowboys Stadium. He has been married to Alex since June 26, 2015.

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