Prior to becoming Oak Road's pastor in 2021, Andy taught Christian Doctrine and World Religions/Christian Apologetics courses at Crean Lutheran High School in Irvine, CA, for nine years. Before that he taught English in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China, for three years. He also created the website www.contradictmovement.org as a resource for equipping Christians to share the good news of Jesus Christ in our pluralistic age.
Andy is married to Jessica Wrasman and they have two young children. He enjoys exploring new places with his family and sharing the love and grace of God with all people. His working days at the church are Monday thru Thursday and you may contact him at 949-616-8182 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music Director, Parish Administrator
Troy has a passion for worship and helping others make a joyful noise unto the Lord. Over his 20 years in ministry, he's been blessed to serve at many church communities, spanning multiple denominations, including Lutheran, Baptist, and Methodist. Troy majored in musical composition at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. There, he also studied piano, organ, voice, and conducting.
Outside of making music, Troy can be found out in nature, spending time with friends, and writing. His working days at the church are Monday thru Thursday from 8:30am to 1:30pm and you may contact him at OakRoadLutheran@gmail.com
Sunday School Superintendent
Ellen joined Oak Road in March, 2020, after moving from Paulding County to Gwinnett to be closer to children and grandchildren. Ellen has 4 grandchildren, 3 in Gwinnett and one in Denmark.
Ellen taught the 3rd – 5th grade Sunday School class last year, and she has had various positions in previous congregations. Ellen is a member of the church council, as well as pianist once a month during service.
Ellen enjoys reading, gardening, playing the piano and sharing adventures with her grandchildren.
Jeff and his wife Marge joined Oak Road in 1998, after moving to Georgia from Ohio. They have two grown children and 3 grandchildren. Jeff has held numerous positions in the Church, both at Oak Road and in previous congregations. Marge is also active in the Church, serving on various boards and committees. Outside of Church Jeff enjoys hunting, college football, auto racing, and spending time with the grandchildren.
Edward Houppert and his wife Roxanne were married February 3, 1973 and have two daughters Brook and Beth. Edward is a lifetime Lutheran, starting out in Grace Lutheran Church, in Mobile AL. Roxanne became a Lutheran in 1973. Edward also serves on the Board of Elders, the Church Choir and is also a congregation song leader in the Sunday Late Service. Edward enjoys walking, watching movies, professional and college football and spending time with family and friends.
Kid's Art Club
Jessica (Jess) has been married to Pastor Andy for 14 years. They have two beautiful children, Bella, 6, and Rocky, 3. Though her background is in teaching high school and college literature and writing, she also enjoys art appreciation, food, and nature. Her passion is seeing God's love in the beautiful "small" moments of life and finding truth there. She currently works as an essay editor part time and enjoys free time with her family exploring around the Atlanta area.
Sunday School Teachers
Oak Road has a team of dedicated Sunday School teachers who love Jesus and love our kids by teaching them about their Savior. Sunday School classes meet between our two Sunday services at 9:30am during the school year. We have classes for grade school: Pre-K, K-2nd, 3rd-5th, 6th-8th, and 9th-12th.
ORLC Fellowship Committee is responsible for planning and preparing Family Night Meals on Wednesdays. In addition to Family Night, we plan other events including Comedy Nights, Church Picnics, Ice cream Socials, and Bingo nights. We also provide food and drinks for the Art Club Exhibit and Church Business Meetings.
Hebrews 10:24-25 says "Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near." (NLT)
Spending time with other like-minded people, can often lift us up, and help us keep our eyes on God. God works through people to provide what we need. Coming together with others gives us the encouragement to continue in our mission as a church and as individuals. Breaking bread with each other is a simple form of this. It provides us with an opportunity to share gifts, and faith, with others in the church and the community.
Donations are always welcome in any form; making food, time in the kitchen, monetary contributions & ideas. Share your gift with us, and let us share with you.