Rev. Dr. Danny Austin, Pastor

In 1968, as a college sophomore, God called Rev. Austin into the gospel ministry. He has served in Christian ministry for 44 years and as a full time vocational minister since 1977. Up until that time he served part time in church ministry while teaching in secondary schools in Arkansas. Pastor Austin has a BSE in Vocal Music, Music Education, and Mathematics from the University of Arkansas. He also has extensive postgraduate studies with the Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri and the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He earned his doctorate in worship studies in June, 2011 at the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. Rev. Austin began his service as pastor of the Oak Park church in October of 1997.

Pastor Austin has been married for over 44 years to Eva Cathcart Austin. They have four children (3 sons and a daughter), two daughters-in-law, a granddaughter (Lydia Michelle Austin -- born on February 13, 2001 in Tallahassee) and a grandson (Asher Paul Austin – born June 9, 2003 in Gainesville). Eva is a career public school teacher. She currently teaches public school music in Levy County.  She also shares the pastor’s call to the ministry and is very actively involved in the ministries of the Oak Park Church.

Dr. Elsie Wilson, Discipleship Director

At the age of thirteen, Elsie committed her life to the Lord and, during her High School years, she felt a call to missions. She became a Registered Nurse and graduated from Barrington College, Rhode Island with a major in Bible and a minor in Missions. Later she earned a MSN degree from Vanderbilt University. She has served the Lord through her profession as a Certified Nurse-Midwife and Family Nurse Practitioner for 44 years. As Director of the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing in Hyden, Kentucky, she taught many missionary nurses in midwifery who are now ministering around the world. Elsie spent 16 years in southeastern Kentucky working with the Appalachian people, and a year in Zaire, Africa. She has participated in a number of short-term missions trips to such places as Guatemala, Brazil, Paraguay, China, Sri Lanka, and Serbia. She was blessed to have the privilege of founding a Christian not-for-profit birthing center in St. Petersburg, FL. This center provided the opportunity for women to deliver their babies in a home-like atmosphere with their families present.

Elsie retired from the University of Florida Department of OB/GYN in December, 1999 and has been serving on staff at Oak Park Church as Discipleship Director since January, 2000. She organizes ladies retreats, teaches short-term discipleship Bible studies, and English as a second language. She is a board member of the Christian Coalition of Ladies Leadership which encourages women who are in ministry in various churches here in Gainesville. She completed her doctoral studies at the International Seminary, Plymouth, FL.

Elsie was married to Jack Wilson for over 20 years. She has been a widow since 2001 and has 3 step-children, 6 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Aimee Stewart, Children's Director

Aimee grew up in Gainesville and was an honor graduate from Gainesville High School. She has a natural love for children. As a result, she pursued an elementary teaching degree. She earned her BSE in Elementary Education from Palm Beach Atlantic University and has been teaching ever since. Aimee is a full time teacher in Marion County and she is serving as our part-time Children's Ministry Director. She is also active in our music ministry as a soloist, praise team member, and worship choir member.

Lee Bailey, Youth Director

In 1982 Lee accepted Jesus as his Savior. Then in 1986, after attending a youth camp, Lee felt God calling him into ministry. Lee has served in the local church as a volunteer working with youth and college students. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Religion from Luther Rice University and he is currently working toward a Master of Divinity degree.

Lee was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. He is married to his wonderful wife, Jennifer. They have been married for twenty years. They have two daughters, Christy and Jessica. Lee and Jennifer are excited to be part of the Oak Park family and all God is doing here.

Staff Contacts

Rev. Dr. Danny Austin

Dr. Elsie Wilson

Aimee Stewart
Children's Director

Lee Bailey
Youth Director