​​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 [email protected] 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. Rachel Lindemuth - Director of Development
    Rachel is experienced in the operational structure of non-profits. She holds a Master’s of Divinity from Biblical Theological Seminary and is currently studying for a Doctorate of Theology at LaSalle University in Christian Spirituality with a focus on contemplation and mysticism. She is drawn to the beautiful mystery of God and realizes the need for humility within our theology. She is passionate about expressing the inclusive, life-giving gospel message that she has come to know in creative ways. Ultimately, Rachel desires to open others to the fullness of life that comes as we break away from our false sense of self and dualistic thinking commonly found in religion, journeying with them deeper into the abyss of God’s incomprehensible love!
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717-737-8222
419 Deerfield Road
Camp Hill, PA 17011
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Monday .....9:30 am - 3:30 pm
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Tuesday.....9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Wednesday.....9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Thursday.....9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Friday...............................Closed

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2018-2019 Oasis Board of Directors
Michael Mumma - 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.
Mary Jane Kistler - Vice Chair

​Mary Jane comes to the board from State College Presbyterian Church in State College, PA, where she is active as a spiritual companion and retreat leader. She’s also connected as a lay associate to the Community of Anawim in Frenchville, PA which she regularly visits for ongoing
contemplative training and community. Her work is informed and fed by having trained through Oasis in both the Spiritual Direction for Spiritual Guides and Deepening Year Direction Ministries and through ongoing studies of the Enneagram as a tool for spiritual  transformation through the Enneagram Institute. She and her (recently-retired) husband raised 3 adult children and enjoy the rural gifts that central Pennsylvania has to offer through hiking, kayaking and skiing and golf.
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.

Rachel Lindemuth- Treasurer
Rachel is experienced in the operational structure of non-profits. She holds a Master’s of Divinity from Biblical Theological Seminary and is currently studying for a Doctorate of Theology at LaSalle University in Christian Spirituality with a focus on contemplation and mysticism. She is drawn to the beautiful mystery of God and realizes the need for humility within our theology. She is passionate about expressing the inclusive, life-giving gospel message that she has come to know in creative ways. Ultimately, Rachel desires to open others to the fullness of life that comes as we break away from our false sense of self and dualistic thinking commonly found in religion, journeying with them deeper into the abyss of God’s incomprehensible love!

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.
Angela Murphy
As a summa cum laude graduate from Muhlenberg College and graduate of The Dickinson School of Law, Angela has been practicing law for the past 30 years. Within the last 10 years, her focus has been to exclusively represent children with disabilities and their families with obtaining special education services from their schools.  As a mother of child with autism, she is most passionate about helping children with disabilities receive the help that they need to reach their potential and find their place in the world.  She and her husband of 30 years reside in Nazareth PA.  They have three children: a son who is working as a therapist and twin daughters who are in their first year of Law School.  As a Roman Catholic woman called to the priesthood, Angela's heart has long been drawn to all matters spiritual. Now that her children are grown, she has taken advantage of the opportunity to go back and discover what God's call means to her. She has been immersed in Franciscan spirituality and blessed to have completed the Spiritual Direction for Spiritual Guides two year program through Oasis Ministries. This program has been life changing for her and confirmed her desire to commit to the contemplative path.  Angela is also a member of the 2019 Cohort of Father Richard Rohr’s Living School.  She has just started a little ministry called “Magdalene’s Blessing” through which she hopes to grow her spiritual direction practice.  “Magdalene’s Blessing” is dedicated to inviting all to follow the spirit of Mary Magdalene in discovering the immensity of the love of God and growing into a deep and personal relationship with this wonderful God who is Love.

Margo Walter
Margo grew up in Alabama and has journeyed with her husband for over 39 years. They have raised three children, two of whom were married in 2018. She is currently serving her long time church as a part-time pastor and also works as a hospice chaplain.  She delights in her role as "Jesus freak" among the various friend groups in which she invests herself.  She enjoys collecting art, hard hiking, cycling and drinking good wine.  As a graduate of the Oasis Ministries Spiritual Direction for Spiritual Guides and Deepening Year programs,  she describes her involvement with Oasis as a transformative one, which has awakened a stillness within her soul that she can't help but share with others.


Tricia Brown-Nystrom
For a decade Tricia Brown-Nystrom has been creating safe spaces for people’s spiritual stories and highlighting how they intersect with God’s story. She believes in making the Holy attainable for everyone, every single day. She has helped people to expand their concepts of spirituality beyond the parameters of a Sunday experience. Years of speaking and writing on, deepening faith practices in a modern age, creativity, and intimacy at conferences and schools had left Tricia feeling she could do more to make spiritual direction accessible in the twenty-first century. Shepherding and art have long provided Tricia a connection to the Holy throughout her life. Her unique take on spiritual direction for both groups and private confidential one-on-one is designed to facilitate the same connection in people’s fast paced lives. Regardless of whether you are in a place of change or looking for it, Tricia Brown- Nystrom would be honored to sit alongside you in spiritual direction. Tricia lives on her farm in Hershey, PA with her herd of East Friesian Dairy sheep and her herd of 8 children alongside the man of her dreams, Ben. She enjoys painting, writing, obedient dogs, days without laundry and leading her home church into whatever
God has for them. Tricia is completing her second year in SDSG.

Randy Riggs
The Rev. Dr. Randolph T. Riggs (Randy) is a native of California who has served for 41 years in four different churches as a pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA). He came to Lancaster in June of 1996 to be the Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Downtown, Lancaster. He retired in July, 2012 after 16 years at the church. In retirement he serves Lancaster Theological Seminary as Director of Presbyterian Studies and Community Engagement Liaison and at the Samaritan Counseling Center as a Consultant in Preaching and Ministry. Currently he serves as Bridge Pastor of First Reformed UCC in Lancaster City. He is a graduate of University of California at Santa Barbara (B.A. in History), Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and San Francisco Theological Seminary (D.Min.) He has been active in the community as well as the Presbytery of Donegal. He served on the Boards of Directors for the Samaritan Counseling Center and is currently the President of the Board of Directors of the Lancaster County Council of Churches where he received the Mentzer Award for Excellence in Ecumenical Cooperation.

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.
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
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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.
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