​​About Us

Who we are:​​

Oasis Ministries (Camp Hill, PA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation which offers ecumenical training programs in spiritual direction and contemplative prayer practices: deepening growth through spiritual companioning, day workshops, and retreat leadership.

Call (717) 737- 8222 or email oasismin@oasismin.org for more information.
Our Vision:

​Training programs offered through Oasis draw from the depths of Spirit revealed in many traditions, with the well of the contemplative Christian tradition providing the main source of the teachings. We offer retreat nourishment and educational programs steeped in the experience of community for persons seeking refreshment, deepening and growth for their lives of service to, and presence in the world.

Our Mission:

Oasis Ministries for Spiritual Development is a contemplative community that invites people to experience God in their daily lives. We do this by:
  • Providing training in spiritual direction
  • Educating in mindfulness and prayer practices
  • Offering day-long retreat opportunities and year-long programs and retreats for groups and communities
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We all have had dryness and desert emptiness in our lives. Oasis, as the name implies, gives our mind, body, and soul a place to splash in the love of God that often gets buried with the busyness of our lives.

​Our Staff

  1. Glenn Mitchell- Executive Director
    Glenn Mitchell M.Div., is Director of Oasis Ministries and a teacher with Oasis since 1996. Glenn was trained in spiritual guidance by the Shalem Institute and Oasis Ministries. He is a lead teacher in Spiritual Direction for Spiritual Guides and offers leadership in other Oasis training programs and day retreats. Glenn has a practice of spiritual direction based in State College, Pennsylvania. Glenn has two adult children and is married to Theresa Shay. Glenn loves all things contemplative and in his spare time enjoys watching birds, restoring their 1800's log home and making things from wood.
  2. Kent Ira Groff -Founding Mentor
    In 1988, Kent began Oasis Ministries for Spiritual Development in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania and for many years was Director, teacher, and retreat leader. Kent and Fredrika have two daughters and a son and in 2006 they moved to Denver, Colorado, to be near their two daughters and three grandboys. Kent continues to provide spiritual guidance and retreat leadership. Someone asked Kent, “What do you do?” His immediate answer was, “I listen to people’s stories and give them back to them."
  3. Betsy Keller- Administrative Assistant
    Betsy Keller, (Administrative Assistant) has served in the Camp Hill office since 2004, providing day-to-day support for the programs of Oasis Ministries. This is the longest she has had a job, (other than motherhood!) since her husband’s employment has always moved them after 6-8 years, and she loves her job, connecting with Oasis people and beyond! She resides in Camp Hill with her husband, Dennis, a United Methodist minister, and has two grown daughters, and two granddaughters. Betsy enjoys traveling, photography, walking with her husband, playing with her granddaughters every Friday, her “day off”, and spending time with family and friends.
  4. Michelle Hopkins - Operations Manager
    Michelle Hopkins (Operations Manager) has lived in the Mechanicsburg, PA area since she and her husband graduated from Shippensburg University more than 20 years ago. Originally from a suburb of Philadelphia, Michelle no w considers South Central PA her home. She loves spending time with her husband and their 3 teenage boys, 2 of which are twins! When she's not spending time with her family or friends, she enjoys getting lost in a book and traveling...especially when these go together! They have been actively involved in their church for more than 20 years and she is excited to be involved with Oasis Ministries.
  5. Crystal Magon - Marketing Consultant
    Crystal Magon is a seasoned marketing and public relations professional with an insatiable drive and spiritual conviction to living her life as an agent for the changes she desires to see in the world. Crystal graduated with a ministerial license from the Centers for Spiritual Living School of Leadership in 2013 and went on to serve as staff minister for the Centers for Spiritual Living Temecula Valley, while simultaneously maintaining employment as the director of sales and marketing in Southern CA. Her journey has recently brought her back home to her roots in PA for her talents to be used to serve a greater good, a place to bridge her "ministry of hospitality and marketing” to organizations, like Oasis Ministries, here on the East Coast.
Oasis History
Oasis Timeline

  
  • Oasis Ministries for Spiritual Development was incorporated on December 28, 1988 
 
  • The first rental agreement for office space was entered into in January, 1989, with Christ Presbyterian Church  

  • By-Laws were adopted on March 16, 1989 at first organizational meeting 

  • The first Meeting of the Board of Directors was held on September 23, 1989  

  • Kent Groff begins leading seminars at Princeton Seminary, Fall 1989   

  • Final 501(c)(3) status was granted in 1990 (provisional application in December 1988) 
 
  • In the Fall of 1991, the very first SDSG group, led by Kent Groff and Sandy Alwine, was launched, with about fourteen participants  

  • Kent Groff begins teaching at Lancaster Theological Seminary in 1991  

  • A second SDSG year is added in 1992  

  • Oasis offers Group Spiritual Direction  for the first time in 1992-93, and continued until 2005-06






    For More History, Download our Deep is the Well :25th Anniversary Reflections Booklet
        
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
     
       
    
   
  
  • The Vision Statement, “Drawing from the well of Christ, contemplatively, actively,” was adopted in March 1998 in a process led by Ken Byerly, searching scripture, and searching both personal and communal call.  Other members of this process group were John Norman (president), Bill Millen, Bob Burns, Barb Shade, Bryer Helmer, Tom Speers, and Nancy Allen.

  • Mary Pinto came as first Administrative Assistant in Fall 1998, enabling Kent to go on a  three month sabatical in January 1999, beginning in India. 

  • 10th-Year Alumni Retreat, Kenbrook, December 3-4, 1998
  
  • Kent Groff resigns from SDSG leadership; Glenn Mitchell identified as Director of Training in 2001
  
  • The Soul of Tomorrow’s Church program is run for two years thanks to a $15,000 grant from the Louisville Institute in 2001
  
  • Glenn Mitchell introduces first program for spiritual directors: Returning to the Well in 2002
  
  • Kent Groff retires from Oasis, becoming our Founding Mentor in 2003
  
  • Betsy Keller hired as part-time Administrative Assistant and Cindy Garis is hired as part-time Interim Director, November 2004
  
  • The Spiritual Pilgrimages began in 2007 with the inaugural trip to Iona and other places of interest in Scotland, under the leadership of Glenn Mitchell and Kathleen Roney, with Iona leadership by J. Philip Newell

       
       

   
   

   
   

   

   

Solitude, meditation
Living the question
Ahhhh, Oasis
~Marie Rodichok
2017-2018 Oasis Board of Directors
Dale Selover- Board President
Rev. Dale Selover (Chair) is a Child of God. While serving as a parish pastor, Dale became profoundly aware of her hunger for a deeper relationship with God. She embarked on a journey of classes and conversation that led her to where she is today, serving as a spiritual director and retreat leader in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. . Dale is a graduate of Gettysburg College and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. Through Oasis Ministries, Dale has completed Spiritual Direction for Spiritual Guides and Contemplative Living. Dale currently serves on the Oasis Board of Directors and Program Committee.   Dale is married to Pastor Peter Froehlke. They are the proud parents of two teenage daughters, Sara Grace and Hannah Ruth.
Michael Mumma - Vice Chair
Michael is married to Marjorie Rupert with four children and seven grandchildren between them. Education- University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio, with a major in business administration. Started Cell- Con Incorporated, in 1982, a manufacturer of high technology battery and charger systems and served as its President until 2012. Completed three years of the Oasis Spiritual Direction program and served on its Board for six years, three of which were as the Board Chair. Back for another term. Michael is active as a spiritual companion. He completed the Center for Action and Contemplation Living School program in August of 2016. He sings in a choir and Chamber group, swims and plays golf for fun.
Margaret Hardy- Treasurer
Margaret Hardy is a retreat leader and a spiritual director, trained through Oasis Ministries’ Spiritual Direction for Spiritual Guides. She also has studied at the Institute for Ecumenical Studies at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, and has been a volunteer choir director and a certified lay speaker in the United Methodist Church.  Margaret has found a ministry calling in cooking.  She was a volunteer cook for two months on the Isle of Iona, and now volunteers at the Lighthouse Homeless Prevention Center in Annapolis MD, where she cooks breakfast twice a month, and works with the students in the culinary arts training program. Margaret lives with her husband in Severna Park, Maryland, enjoying the Severn River and the Baltimore-Annapolis hiking-biking trail.

Paul Gennett Jr. - Secretary
The Reverend Paul W. Gennett Jr. returns to the Oasis board with joy – hopefully the staff and other board members feel the same way!
Paul has served as a priest in the Episcopal Church for 24 years. He received a Masters in Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia, in 1992. He currently serves as Rector at St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church in Newark, Delaware. Paul’s deeper calling to the spiritual journey is a combination of first attending the SDSG course from 2001-2003. Paul is married to Marilyn. Paul and Marilyn have two adult children – son Colin and daughter Adrienne. Paul enjoys being a spiritual companion with others, a retreat leader for church and recovery from addiction programs, and is developing his gifts/interests in poetry reading/writing, hiking, many sports [enjoyed but not played very well at all], and renewed work in furniture care and refinishing.

Kathleen Roney
Kathleen has been an ordained American Baptist minister for 26 years, as well as a trained spiritual director. She is associated with the Iona Community and is received a Doctor of Ministry degree (DMin) in Spirituality from the Theological School of Drew University. Kathleen is very widely traveled and has led pilgrimages to many places throughout the world.  She is a graduate of Oasis' Spiritual Direction for Spiritual Guides and Deepening Year for Direction Ministries.  She has served on the Board of Directors for Kirkridge Retreat Center (www.kirkridge.org) and currently chair's the Board for the Iona Community's New World Foundation.
Teresa Knipper
Teresa received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Scranton and is also trained as a Master Gardener in Mercer County by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension since 2002. She received her certification in Spiritual Direction from the Upper Room Spiritual Center in Neptune NJ in 2012.  Teresa practices Spiritual Direction in her home parish of St. Paul of Princeton where she taught religious education for 10 years and started the Prayer Shawl Ministry in 2005. Teresa is a lay associate of the Sisters of Mercy and resides in Princeton with her husband Jim and has 4 grown children. She particularly loves inspiring home owners to create space for wildlife in their own gardens by imparting her own knowledge of butterflies and native plants. It is in encouraging stewardship of our Mother Earth and by teaching how to live softly on our precious planet that Teresa finds God in the most densely populated state in the United States.
Mary Jane Kistler


Rachel Lindemuth

Margo Walter

Angela Murphy

You can support the VITAL PAUSE which Oasis Ministries provides through:

REMEMBERING Oasis, its leaders and participants, in your times of prayer and meditation

In many of our Oasis gatherings, a candle is lit...
a simple call to prayer, an invitation to center and focus. In many different traditions lighting candles is a sacred action. It expresses more than words can express. We wish to share sacred community, sacred space together even though we may not be geographically close. Knowing that you are held in prayer by the Oasis community, we invite you to light a candle.
You may want to begin or end your day by the sacred ritual of lighting a candle. Or you may want to light a birthday candle for a friend. You may wish to share a prayer request or offer a blessing.
Blessings on your journey..


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