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​    

Solitude, meditation
Living the question
Ahhhh, Oasis
~Marie Rodichok
SDSG Graduate
  • Oasis offers Group Spiritual Direction  for the first time in 1992-93, and continued until 2005-06

  • 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   

  • 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 Booklet
in Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Oasis Ministries

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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.
Blessings on your journey..

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