Terry Lee Kirkland

I grew up in Panama City, FL where two of the greatest things in my life happened: I became a follower of Jesus and I married my awesome wife, Abby. After we got married, we felt God challenging us to leverage our lives for His mission!

We moved up to Louisville so that I could attend Southern Seminary. It was also during this time that we served with a new church start in Chicago. God placed a great love for metro areas and the people in them in our hearts. When we visited Cincinnati for the first time, we knew that we wanted to call the Queen City home. Since moving to Cincinnati, the Lord has given us a son named Brooks and has done awesome things through The Oaks Church!

I would love to connect with you sometime over coffee, lunch, or have you over for dinner. Just shoot me an email!


Jimmy Funchess

By the grace of God, I grew up in a Godly home and was saved at an early age. After graduating high school in Tallahassee, I attended the University of Central Florida earning a Bachelor's degree in history. But more importantly, I met my beautiful wife Katelyn there and we were married in August of 2013. We moved to Louisville, KY in December of 2013 and I began studying at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. It was at this time that I began to hear of the need for the gospel in places like Cincinnati. God put a desire in our hearts to move to Cincinnati and join the Kirkland's in planting a church and seeing the gospel bring restoration to the city. In my free time, I enjoy playing basketball, football, woodworking, eating BBQ and watching Florida State Seminoles football.

Oaks Leaders

The Oaks Church has a lot of great people that serve those in and outside our church family. Here are a few of them. 

  • Terry-Lee Kirkland

    Lead Pastor

  • Colleen O'Neil


  • Stephen Sargent

    Gathering Director

  • Casey Morrone


  • Katie Mcclain

    Little Oaks

  • Abby Kirkland

    Worship Leader

  • Mark Montes

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  • Emily PALMER

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Our church is led by godly men that are responsible for guarding the teaching and vision of our church. These men love Jesus and are committed to leading and loving our church family.

  • Terry-Lee Kirkland

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  • Jimmy Funchess

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  • Adam Renard

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  • Austin Smith

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