As in any large organization, it takes a great team to be able to serve with excellence week after week. Below is a quick bio of our amazing leaders who make each week possible.
Pastor Fred McCarthy
Pastor Fred McCarthy is a third generation Pastor who has been serving as Lead Pastor at Oasis Christian Centre for over 30 years. Pastor Fred took over as lead Pastor at the young age of 21 when his father Pastor Paul McCarthy, who was Pastor at that time, passed away of a sudden heart attack. Through his years in ministry, Pastor Fred has effected countless lives through his inspiring teachings. He is a visionary who cares for the growth and hearts of his community and the world. He has a passion for mission work and throughout the years have been involved with multiple overseas missions and outreaches. Pastor Fred vision for Oasis Christian Centre is that we remain a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-generational church. Our congregation reflects this vision to this day. Pastor Fred has 2 amazing children. We also honor his mother Maxine "Mama Max" McCarthy as the matriarch of Oasis Christian Centre.
Pastor Chris Gioello
Pastor Chris (PC) and his wife Jodi came to Oasis as an engaged couple in the year 2000. Feeling connected and called they made Oasis their church home for the past 20 years. PC began following Jesus after attending Times Square Church NYC, where soon after he was very involved in ministering at Christian Pentecostal Church within their youth ministry. His wife Jodi had a call to sing since she was a young girl and God had brought both of their passions and gifts to work together at Oasis. Pastor Chris & Jodi Founded Takeover youth ministry as a Wednesday night Bible study with 3 kids in attendance but they set up and prayed over 30 chairs each week. In the past two decades various youth events were born including "The Pursuit" which has had regional influence on teens in NJ. PC loves to build and empower leaders and see others succeed in their calling. He serves as our Executive Pastor now focusing on the health of our church and the development of leaders and teams. PC has 3 awesome children and is training them in the word of God and Jedi skills. PC loves Star Wars, fishing and The NY Yankees.
Pastor Peter Hegel
Pastoral Care Pastor
Pastor Peter and his wife Audrey have been attending Oasis for the past 18 years. His compassionate heart and intimate ministering style has led him in a calling that fits his personality, Pastoral Care Pastor. Quoting Pastor Peter, "For as long as I can remember, God has placed a love in my heart for all people but specifically hurting people. Leading Pastoral Care allows me to minister to people, sharing God's love and giving them hope." Pastor Peter has spent countless hours visiting the sick, praying for those in need and following up on everyone that he ministers to. Along with his Pastoral care duties, he also leads our intercessory prayer team. He and Audrey have been married for 40+ years with 4 beautiful children and 12 awesome grandchildren. He considers Audrey his "Rock" for her endless devotion and support to which he wouldn't be able to do what he does without her. He loves the beach, swimming, taking walks and biking.
Pastor Paul Scala
Discipleship Pastor/Men's Ministry/Small Groups
Pastor Paul Scala and his wife Erica, graduated from Rhema Bible College. They started attending Oasis Christian Centre shortly after. During his time at Oasis, Pastor Paul has lead and helped create many ministries such as F.M.O, Life Classes and Circles. He has also helped to pioneer Celebrate Recovery, Missions Trips and our Guest Experience Team. He has a passion to raise leaders and to help place people in their proper calling. Erica serves faithfully on our worship team and women ministry. She has a passion to see women walking in the calling that God has put on their lives. Pastor Paul and Erica have 4 beautiful children and he has a love for God's Word and God's children. Pastor Paul had an incredible encounter with God in 2019 and he has a passion to help other experience God in that same way.
Melisa Vaccaro has been involved in church ministry for most of her life. She started attending Oasis in the early part of 2000 with her husband, Roy. Together they spent seven years leading our Kids Church ministry. She was ten years old when she started playing the flute as part of a Sunday worship team and has served as a flutist, keyboardist, vocalist, choir director, and musical drama director throughout her years in ministry. Today she serves as our Worship leader at Oasis. Melisa and Roy have three children and both of her teens are actively serving at Oasis in our children’s ministry. When not brainstorming or talking about worship ministry, she is a foodie and loves to cook. Quoting Melisa, "I absolutely love being surrounded by a talented and dedicated team at Oasis."