Leadership

Pastors & Staff

Dr. Barry Jude

Lead Pastor

Barry Jude serves as lead pastor for The Oaks Church.  A native of West Virginia, Barry brings diverse and deep experience to the pastoral team at The Oaks.  His prior ministries have included pastoring churches in Kentucky, Florida, Arizona, Alabama, and Ohio.

“Life in Christ and as a pastor has been an adventure,” according to Barry.  “Being open to God’s call has taken me places I never imagined I would go and developed my life in such amazing ways.  My prayer is that God uses the experiences He has entrusted to me to enrich The Oaks and our community.”

Barry treasures his family as the greatest of his earthly blessings.  He and his wife Kima are the parents of four adult children and the grandparents of three young children.

Barry graduated from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with a master of divinity degree and from Luther Rice Theological Seminary with a doctor of ministry.  He loves sports and is an avid football fan—he attended Liberty University on a football scholarship and proudly proclaimed himself a Dallas Cowboys fan long before he settled in Texas.

His favorite pastime, however, has always been sharing Christ and seeing Him change people’s lives.  “Jesus saved me.  Through Him, I learned confidence, found purpose and, live in peace and with great joy.  It gives me enormous satisfaction whenever I share salvation with others and help them experience the abundant life I’ve found in God.” 

Tiffany Vargas

Contemporary Worship Leader

Tiffany is originally from Florida but grew up in Oak Cliff, Texas. Tiffany was saved at 7 years old and then radically surrendered her life to Christ at the age of 18, in what would become the best decision she ever made. She studied Neuroscience and Psychology at Baylor University and completed a double Master's in Christian Ministry and Worship Studies at Dallas Baptist University.
 
Tiffany prayed the Lord would call her into leading and teaching others how to encounter Him through worship. Tiffany has been involved in ministry for more than a decade and enjoys spending time with her son, Isaiah, serving in the church, and passionately singing for the Glory of Jesus. 

Bill Gammill

Classic Worship Leader

Bill was raised in Fort Worth in a family that was very active in a Baptist Church.  He was saved at age 8 and called to ministry when he was 14. He formed a folk gospel trio in high school that sang together until they finished college at Texas Tech.  Bill worked as a pianist and arranger in a recording studio in Lubbock before spending 10 years in evangelism with his best friend, Russ Murphy.  Bill has served as a Baptist music minister in Lubbock, Brownwood, and McKinney, where he now lives. Bill has been widowed twice, in 2005 and 2017.  His daughter, Erin, her husband, and three children live near him in Allen.  Bill loves to entertain church groups playing piano, guitar, and banjo and plays keyboard with the 150 voice Singing Men of Texas, who minister in North Texas and on overseas mission trips. Bill believes in the local church as a place to grow and serve others.  He wants to see people use their God-given talents for the Lord in worship here at The Oaks.

Josue Vargas

The Oaks en Español Worship Leader

Josue “Josh” Vargas was born in Guatemala, but grew up in Panama, where his family worked in the mission field. When he was 16, Josh began leading musical worship in his father’s church. Over the years, Josh has visited many countries in Latin America where he has ministered to the Hispanic members of the body of Christ. Josh is gifted in playing multiple instruments, including guitar, piano, and drums and sings Spanish and English. His heart for the Hispanic community to experience Jesus is evident in his worship!

Dr. Mike Gonzalez

Associate Pastor of Spanish/Senior Adults

Mike Gonzales joined The Oaks after serving as Director of SBCT En Espanol for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, a position that he held for several years. En Espanol exists to encourage and facilitate the fulfillment of the Great Commission to SBTC churches and associations in reaching Hispanic groups in Texas through conferences, retreats, informational sessions, and church consultations. Mike also has served as missionary, pastor, and as Director of Missions for the Rio Grande Valley Baptist Association. He holds an M.Div. and an M.A. in Missiology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and was awarded an Honorary D.D. from Howard Payne University in 2000. Mike is married to Dalia, and they have one daughter. 

Rebecka Chickering

Children's Director

Rebecka was born in Iowa and moved to Texas with her family when she was 7.  Her family lived in the Austin area until the summer of 2020, when they moved out near Salado, Texas.  She is one of 10 children and has had the privilege of being raised in a Christ-centered home.  As a result, she has grown up serving in her local church, first with her parents and later on her own.  Rebecka was saved at the age of 4 and committed her life to full-time ministry in high school.  She is currently a Christian Studies major and Music minor at Dallas Baptist University with plans to pursue an accelerated Master’s degree.  Rebecka has served in children’s ministry for many years and has been a part of programs such as Awana, the North Central Texas Awana Missionary Team, and was a Children’s Ministry Intern at Matthew Road Baptist Church.  She enjoys spending her time discipling others, serving her church, listening to or making music, drawing, writing, reading, and spending time with family and friends.  Rebecka is super excited to love on God’s precious little ones and share His amazing word with them!

Austin Surina

Youth Pastor/Communications Manager/P.I.T (Pastor-In-Training)

Austin was born in Dallas, Texas and lived in Austin for about 13 years. Before his eighth grade year, his family moved to Parker, Colorado. While in Colorado, Austin found the Lord at his home church and gave his life to Christ. Austin attended Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, where his faith was developed in a mighty and powerful way. Austin was blessed by the Lord to attend MidAmerica Nazarene University on a collegiate baseball scholarship where he studied Pastoral Ministry to pursue his call to ministry. However, Austin had a career-ending injury that forced him to give up the game he loves and switch universities. This change led Austin to Dallas Baptist University, where he studied Biblical Studies and graduated in 2020. He now attends Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he is pursuing a Master of Divinity. Austin has had three years of church work experience before accepting the Youth Pastor position at The Oaks.  Austin is excited by the opportunity to pour into your students' lives and cannot wait to see what God has in store for the Rooted Youth Ministries!

Cyndi Brown

Interim Preschool Director

Cyndi was born and raised in Duncanville, Texas.  She graduated from Duncanville High School in 2001 and earned two bachelor degrees from Dallas Baptist University: Art in 2005 and  Marketing in 2014.  Growing up as a member of The Oaks, she accepted Christ at the age of 10 and was actively involved with the Children's Ministry and then later the youth group.  She has been serving in the preschool and children's ministries since high school. Cyndi has enjoyed being the preschool director since June of 2019.

Jorginah Murphy

Administrative Assistant to the Lead Pastor

Jorginah was born in Pasadena, Texas and grew up all over the East Texas area.  She accepted Jesus as her Savior at a Girls in Action camp at the age of 8.  In 2018, Jorginah moved to the DFW area to attend Dallas Baptist University.  After one semester she decided to move to DFW permanently.  During her time at DBU, she volunteered in the youth ministry at The Oaks.  In June 2019, she started volunteering at the front desk in the church office, which later led to her becoming the Administrative Assistant the next year. While she really enjoys serving in administration, Jorginah still feels called to serve in youth ministry.  When she’s not working in the church office, she continues to serve with the youth ministry at The Oaks, craft, and watch true crime documentaries.  She is super excited about her upcoming wedding and is looking forward to seeing what God has in store for her and her fiancé.

Gary Brown

Office Manager

Gary was born and raised in a Christian home in Memphis, Tennessee where he accepted Christ at an early age.  After serving 6 ½ years in the Navy, Gary moved to Dallas where he met and married his wife Brenda in 1977.  Gary and Brenda were the first new members at First Baptist Oak Cliff when the church moved to the Westmoreland location in August 1979.  Gary is a deacon and has served on various committees over the years, including the audit and finance committees.  Gary and Brenda have two children, Tommy and Cyndi, a daughter-in-law Shalley and three grandchildren, Kinkaide, Kynleigh, and Kenzington.  Gary worked in the business world as an accountant/auditor for over 30 years before coming to The Oaks as the office manager in September 2017.  Gary enjoys playing golf and watching his grandkids participate in sports.

Connie Bosher

Financial Clerk

Connie was born in Washington D.C. and has lived in Texas since she was 8 years old.  She was raised in a Christian home and accepted Christ at the age of 11.  She is married to Jerry, and they have a son and a daughter and five grandchildren (plus a grandson-in-law and a great grandson on the way).  She enjoys spending time with all her grandchildren attending their various sports and other activities and cruising with Jerry.  Connie has attended The Oaks since 1983 and has been serving on staff since December 2015.

Derek Murray

Facilities Maintenance Associate

Derek was born in Dallas, Texas and grew up in Grand Prairie.  He accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior at 8 years old.  He began attending The Oaks with his family in 2002.  After having attended and served at The Oaks for years, he was offered the position of Facilities Maintenance Associate in 2020.  When he’s not serving at the church, Derek enjoys being outdoors, camping, and playing video games.