Ken and Keli Oldham
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Please celebrate with Church of God Ministries the appointment of Ken and Keli Oldham to serve
in the Middle East. Ken and Keli will pastor a congregation and assist the national church as
requested in their assigned country. In addition, they also will work with the Three–Worlds
team, especially in its connections within the Middle East. Global Missions is working with
the Oldham family to raise their funding for an anticipated departure date of August 2011.
Their families share a rich heritage of dedication and service. Ken was born in Anderson,
Indiana to Bill and Lucy Oldham. His father met his mother on an Anderson College Tri-S trip
to her native country of Guyana, South America. The family attended Church at the Crossing in
Indianapolis before his father began pastoring churches in Indiana, Alabama, Louisiana, and
West Virginia. Ken’s grandparents, Ed and Meriam Oldham, served as missionaries in Guyana as
well as serving churches in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Indiana, and Colorado.
Keli was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. Her parents, Frank and Pat Camper, served in
pastoral positions in Michigan and Ohio. Keli grew up with a tender heart toward urban ministry,
originally planning to study social work.
Ken and Keli met and married as students at Anderson University; they both graduated in 1995.
Since then the Oldhams have served at Scott Memorial Church of God in Tennessee, Riverchase
Community Church in Alabama, and currently at Sixth Avenue Church of God in Decatur, Alabama.
They both feel that their role as lead pastors of the Sixth Avenue Church of God has ignited
their feelings for spreading the gospel globally. The church has a long, proud history of
involvement in state ministries. Ken has been actively leading his church to live out their
mission statement, “Touching the World for Christ,” by getting them involved in cross-cultural
ministry. Guyana was their first partnership; testimonies of these first steps to partnership
were published in Missions magazine and ONEvoice! magazine. Relationships of support and prayer
continued with the churches and leaders in the United Kingdom, Japan, New Zealand, and Colombia.
This growing engagement of missions within their own community and the world began to transform
individuals as well as the culture of Sixth Avenue Church of God.
During this same time, Ken and Keli reached out to Franco and Bea Santonocito, engaging Sixth
Avenue in an ongoing relationship of service, love, and prayer. Franco and Bea had expressed a
need for young leaders to take over for them as they neared retirement. They asked Ken and Keli
to pray about becoming those leaders. Although Ken and Keli dismissed this as a nice gesture,
they still prayed. In praying they felt that God was indeed leading their family to go. In
November 2009, Bea had health issues that ultimately led the Santonocitos to retire earlier
than expected. Throughout 2010, the Oldham family became convinced that God was not only calling
but also uniquely equipping them to serve as needed in the Middle East.