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Drawing from the Depths of Spirit​
  Contemplatively
​Actively

​​About Us

                          Our Mission:

​Oasis Ministries 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 retreat opportunities for groups and communities

​​​We offer day-long, overnight, and year-long programs and retreats.
 
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 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.

​​        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 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 single day events. 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 Groff
    Founding Mentor
  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.
2016-2017 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.

Paul Gennett Jr. - Vice Chair
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.

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.

Catherine Campanaro- Secretary
Catherine M. Campanaro, MBA, is employed full time as the Administrative Manager for Bio Med Sciences, Inc. in Allentown, PA . Catherine has been with the company for 20 years. Cathy was in the first Contemplative Living class at Oasis. After completing the year she felt a desire for a deeper connection with Spirit and took the 2 year Spiritual Direction for Spiritual Guides training and immediately followed that with the Deepening Year for Direction Ministries. Catherine is a member of Spiritual Directors International and Spiritual Directors of the Greater Lehigh Valley.  She maintains a small practice working out of her home. Her practice focuses on Dream Work and 12 Step Spirituality. Catherine has a passion for communicating the presence of God in our world. She is an organized, enthusiastic and hard working individual gifted in forming sacred space through intention and creativity.
Michael Allwein
Mike was ordained in 1980 and has served congregations and college campuses in Gettysburg, Lancaster, Shippensburg and Chambersburg before accepting the call as lead pastor to St. James Lutheran church in 2004.  He holds a BS in Secondary Education and an MS in Mental Health Counseling, as well as an M. Divinity degree.  He is a Board Certified Counselor and a certified Spiritual Director.  Mike has a passion for pastoral care, spiritual formation, and social justice concerns.  He and his wife, Lois, have two grown sons, two grandsons and one granddaughter.  He spends as much time as possible on the tennis courts, loves to ride bike on the battlefield with his grandsons and tries to grow more than only weeds in his garden.   Mike has been actively involved with Oasis since completing the SDSG program in 2003.  Since then he has been nurtured and nourished by participation in various programs and several pilgrimages.  He has served on the Oasis Board as well as the teaching staff for SDSG.​

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.
Michael Mumma
​ 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.
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.
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..


​​Click this image to pause and light a candle today.


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