November 2018   
Lead Pastor

Rev. Bob Parnell

Pastor Bob Parnell and his wife Michele have been at Black Oak Baptist for almost 20 years. The Lord has truly blessed their ministry. On special services the attendance will go to over 350. Rev. Parnell has served as Vice President and second Vice President of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana. He also serves on the board of Portage Christian School.

Pastor Bob was saved at the age of 13, and soon after was called to the gospel ministry. He was ordained at age 20, and received his BA in theology in 1983.

Prior to Black Oak Baptist, pastor served at two churches both of which were in the state of Illinois. He has been in full time Christian service for over 30 years.

The Parnell's have one daughter, Zoe, and they reside in Portage, Indiana.

Youth Pastor

Rev. Steve McJunkins

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Steve McJunkins has been on staff at Black Oak Baptist Church for over 4 years.  He has a burden to see young people become committed to Christ.  He teaches the weekly youth Sunday School class as well as a Wednesday night teen Bible study, incorporating relevant Bible study tools to encourage the teens to further their study past the classroom.  Your teen will enjoy this vibrant, interactive classroom setting, as well as the exciting activities scheduled specifically for the youth.

Steve was saved at the age of four years old, and surrendered his life to serve God at a young age as well.  He has a bachelors' degree in pastoral theology with a minor in graphic design & media from Hyles-Anderson College.  He and Kayla have been married for over 2 years.  Together, they have a vision to reach the young people in this community.

Church Deacons

From Left to Right:

Ray Dziezak

Paul Cagle

Tim Dykstra

Paul Sisk

Jack Burkholder

Fred Hall

Junior Church Director

Kim Cloud

Sunday School Teachers

Leslie Dziezak — Ages 2-5

Katie Gaskey — 1st-3rd Grade

Michele Parnell — 4th-6th Grade

Pastor Steve McJunkins — Teens (Grades 7-12)

Tim Dykstra — High School Graduates-Age 30

Pastor Bob Parnell — Adult Class


Dennis Hauter


Jan Sisk

Praise Team

From Left to Right:

Michele Parnell

Steve McJunkins - Leader

Zoe Parnell

Kayla McJunkins

Aiden Koartge

Emily Dykstra

Van Drivers

Diana Attwood

George Stevens

Ann Harris

Catherine Heller