The President’s Blog

Daniel Fisher is the president of Oakdale Christian Academy and provides overall leadership for the school.  He began in 1995 as director of development as was made president in 2001.

He has a bachelor’s degree in music (education minor) from Greenville University, a master’s in education from Seattle Pacific University and a Ph.D.  in higher education from Azusa Pacific University.  Read Dr. Fisher’s blog posts below.

Recent Posts

Building the Barn; Keeping the Farm

In my early professional career, I worked in the development office at Greenville University. Among the outstanding people I worked with was Howard Krober, who had worked in development for decades and often shared bits of wisdom over coffee. I’ll never forget him saying, “you don’t want to build the barn and lose the farm.” […]

Unique? Yes!!!

Is Oakdale unique? So much so that I contend that Oakdale is unlike any other organization! Such a statement requires justification and support, and you can read here about Five Points of Distinction that make Oakdale Christian Academy unlike any other school. Christ-Centered Community. Oakdale makes Christ central to its mission and activities, but many […]

OCA: First U.S. School to Recieve ACSI Boarding Accreditation

This was news we had been anticipating for months.  The day could not have ended better, and I could not close the book that night without telling the staff! The email came from Tim Shuman, Regional Director for International Schools of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) at 9:52 PM on Friday night, July […]

The Voice They Need to Hear

Teenagers today have been hearing voices their entire lives – too many of which are speaking falsehoods that destroy their hearts and minds. The voices of culture tell lies about what is good and honorable, about what is right, about where to focus their attention, about what is important, and about who God is. They hear inner voices echoing harmful […]

Stored Up Energy

The other day I was tidying up my home office, and I ran across an issue of Light & Life (the Free Methodist monthly magazine) from 2009.  I wondered what reason there might be for keeping that particular issue. A quick glance at the table of contents helped me realize why it had been meaningful enough for me […]

Integrating Faith and… Everything!

A lively and entertaining presentation of the Peter Pan story was given last night by Stephen Coates’ Intro to Acting class. Many of the students had never had the opportunity to participate in a theater production, and they did great! Following the production was a reception, at which time one of the actors gave tribute […]

Confronted with Christ:  The Power of the Oakdale Experience

When confronted with a soft truth or low expectations, where rejecting or accepting that truth requires no real life change, rejecting or accepting it costs little or nothing. If a young person is asked to never be caught speaking profanity, to be reasonably kind to others, and to attend church on Sunday, those will be […]

You Can’t Hide!

One of the realities that Oakdale students face is the dimensions of “smallness” that come with being an Oakdale Christian Academy student. Certainly, there are hindrances to being small – few athletic offerings, limited fine arts options, and not as many electives – that larger schools can provide. For a school our size, that we […]

What’s next for Oakdale? Pursue and Prepare!!

There are always two areas of focus for the Oakdale ministry:  Pursue the ministry that is before us as we meet the spiritual, education, and social needs of the students enrolled right now. We never know what opportunities for ministry will appear in the next minute.  Being present with the Lord’s help to meet those […]

Welcoming the Light

Perhaps the greatest blessing we know and experience at Oakdale Christian Academy is the realization that something so simple yet profound is happening in students’ lives, and knowing that God has allowed us to have a part in it.  That blessing is seeing students walking in the Light. Jesus told us that He is the Light: […]