The President’s Blog

Dan 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 College, a master’s in education from Seattle Pacific University and is a Ph.D. student in higher education at Azusa Pacific University.  Read Dan’s blog posts below.

Recent Posts

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: […]

My Great Potato Soup

I once made a really amazing pot of potato soup. It was probably around 1992, living in Greenville, Illinois. They should put a historical marker on the house where I did that. I had no idea I was capable of such a feat, and I’ve never tried it again. I joke that I’ve been intimidated […]

$123,000 Matching Gift!

We have 21 boys crowded into Anderson Hall, and more who want to attend. We are working on short-term solutions, and we have some short term solutions, but for us to continue to serve boys who want and need to attend, we must complete Odermann Hall soon. We are trying to do that by March 1. […]

New Life Happens

The experiences these students have while at Oakdale and what it does for them changes their lives and the lives of those around them!!!!  Last weekend our students provided a Fall Festival for 70 children from the community who are served through our Happy Church connection.  The Beacon Center was a lively place as students ran […]

Connecting the Dots

One of my routine tasks, when I’m at the office, is approving expense requisitions. It is a means of accountability and cross-checking expenses being made. At least once a day, our business office assistant Cheryl Little brings me a stack of requisitions to sign. As I sign them, I observe the amount of expenses and […]

Game Time!

Every year we choose a theme that can be used throughout the year to focus students on an important area of focus.  This year’s theme is Game Time. “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and […]

A Great Story (pt 2): $600,000 for a New Dining Hall!

Last week I told the story of how Oakdale had become connected with Liberty Road Community Church in Lexington. In early May, leaders from Liberty Road Community Church made an appointment to visit Oakdale.  In our meeting, they shared how they had been blessed with resources totaling $600,000 and wanted to make a kingdom impact.  They […]

A Great Story (Part 1)

A week from today, I will be sharing the rest of a great story that began in the 1970s, after C. E. and Gladys Odermann made their retirement home at Oakdale.  The Odermanns were important people in the Oakdale community and the Free Methodist Church (both locally and in the conference) over the span of decades, […]

Two Thumbs Up! Dual Reaccreditations Approved!

We received great news last week:  Oakdale Christian Academy has been approved for SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) reaccreditation through AdvancED. This was a renewal of accreditation we had received in 2012, but it was the first time we had gone through the full AdvancED (pronounced “Advance Ed”) accreditation process.  SACS is the […]