Our Staff

We are blessed as a staff to enjoy working together to serve the family of Oakdale and our surrounding communities.  We are a rural church serving several small communities and four school districts.
If you would like to know more about Oakdale or how you can have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, please contact us or come for a visit. We would love to get to know you.

Pastor Tyler Stauffer

Associate Pastor of Discipleship

Tyler has been a pastor at Oakdale since January 2019 and has served in various ministry roles previous to coming to Oakdale. He graduated Trinity Evangelical Divinity School with his Masters of Divinity. He, his wife, Brielle, and their three children live in Meriden. Tyler has served in the Army National Guard since 2009, and when he has time, he enjoys endurance sports and falconry.

Pastor Seth Withrow

Associate Pastor of Youth and Outreach

Seth joined the Oakdale Church staff in April 2020. He earned a degree in Christian Ministries from Trinity International University in 2018.  Seth is a people-person who strongly believes in evangelism and discipleship through relationship and seeks to build strong relationships with both believers and non-believers. Seth is an avid soccer player, playing all through school and at Trinity International University.

Pastor Merle Wester

Pastor Emeritus

Pastor Merle and Eleda were long-term missionaries sent out from Oakdale, serving in Africa. Since their retirement from the mission field, they have lived in Cherokee and have been part of the Oakdale Church family.  Merle served as visitation pastor for many years, and Eleda has been involved in the Women’s Ministries.

Randy and Kay Jipp

Director of Senior Adult Ministries

Randy and Kay entered farming in April of 1980 and began attending Oakdale EFC upon the recommendation of some dear friends. Praise God for their advice! Randy previously taught at Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg with a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Education from Iowa State University. Randy enlisted in the Army Reserve in 1971, retired in 2003, and retired from farming in 2012. Kay received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Mount Marty College and served as a registered nurse at hospitals in Sioux Falls, Emmetsburg, and Storm Lake. Randy and Kay have two children and four grandchildren. They enjoy serving others such as being Unity Point hospice volunteers and Oakdale’s Senior Ministry Coordinators.

De Tjossem

Administrative Assistant

De loves Oakdale Church and loves serving alongside its ministry leaders.  De and her husband Vernon raise corn and soybeans on their farm.  They have three children and two grandchildren.  When De’s not at church working in the office or attending an event (which isn’t very often), she is usually in her home kitchen cooking or baking, outside gardening, or sewing a quilt.  She enjoys helping her elderly father and spending time with her family.