Pastor Elmer Floyd
Elmer grew up in Blue Island, Illinois, a southern suburb of Chicago. He graduated from Wheaton College with a B.S. degree in physical education with a minor in science. After teaching for two years, he developed and led a "Youth for Christ" program in Aurora, Illinois, and was Regional Director for five years.
For the next nine years, Elmer served the First Presbyterian Church in Aurora, working with youth, college age, young married couples, and other pastoral duties.
Pastor Elmer earned a Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School/McCormick Theological Seminary. In 1989, Elmer came to Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Indialantic, Florida, and went on to serve that church as an Associate Pastor, and later a Co-Pastor, for 22 years. Elmer felt led to leave Eastminster Presbyterian and form a church, "Life's Oasis," to reach out the lost in the community through Evangelical preaching and worshiping.
His family includes his wife Doris, and their two adult daughters, Becky and Leah. Elmer currently resides in Indian Harbour Beach, Florida.
Troy was born in Defiance, Ohio, and grew up in South Bend, Indiana. In the summer of 1998, his parents packed up the family and moved them to Indialantic, Florida. It was during his high school years, while volunteering for Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), that he discovered his passion for leading worship. Over the course of the next seven years, Troy would lead worship for various churches and ministries in several different capacities in the Melbourne, Florida area. In May of 2010, Troy earned his bachelor's degree in Finance from the University of Central Florida. Upon graduation, Troy accepted a position as a personal banker with BB&T, where he is still employed today.
In April of 2012, Troy was approached by Pastor Elmer Floyd to become the Worship Pastor for a new church called "Life's Oasis Church," to which he humbly accepted.
Troy's mission is to lead people into a real and authentic encounter with the Holy Spirit through various forms of worship.
Troy is an avid sports fan, with his greatest allegiance belonging to that of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Troy also enjoys spending time with his family and dog, Rudy.
Ben, originally from South Bend, Indiana, has spent the last 16 years in central Florida. After graduating high school, Ben jumped right into ministry as a youth minister and worship leader to various churches and ministries. Ben has nearly 10 years of ministry experience and has a passion for preaching and leading people to Jesus.
He is married to Rachel Bowman. They have three children, Ella, Benjamin, and Joshua. Ben enjoys reading, listening to music, watching Notre Dame football, and rough housing with the kids (which usually get him in trouble).
The purpose of Life's Oasis is to establish a congregation that is focused on spiritual growth, both personally and corporately, to have a passion for reaching out to the lost and hurting in our community, and to be a 'body' of loving, supportive, inviting "brothers and sisters."
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
Strategy and Implementation
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge — that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Ephesians 3: 14 - 21
Life's Oasis is a church of the people for the people. There are few paid staff because Ephesians 4:12 tells us that the church is here to "prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Chris may be built up." Life's Oasis will be Elder guided, but led by the church body, with a great desire to develop the gifts that God has given to every Christian.
Our focus will be on Biblical preaching and teaching, prayer, small groups, outreach, children and youth, and care for the needy in our community. Most congregational care will come from the communities that develop through small groups within the church. We are seeking volunteers to lead in the areas of hospitality, children's ministry, community participation, music, electronic communication, and Web maintenance, small group development and supervision.
The organizational model will be that of a "TEAM." There will be regular team and elder meetings, but these meetings are for encouragement and growth, more than to legislate or administrate. Meetings are scheduled to continually reinforce the vision and passion of the church.
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
Ephesians 4: 11-13
Services and Programs
Life's Oasis is a church that has a desire to grow both through spiritual conversion, and by gathering those who have a passion to learn how to reach out to their circle of influence with God's grace and love. Life's Oasis is a group of people who actively seek to participate with Jesus as Kingdom builders!
We believe in excellent relevant worship and a loving children's ministry.
We focus on ministry to those that have not connected to any church in the area, especially single parents, young couples, and families.
We utilize the Pastor's experience in youth and evangelism.
But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.