Reverend Paul Sherwood, Pastor
The Presbyterian Church was a large part of the childhood development for Paul Sherwood. He and his family experienced regular attendance on Sundays, as well as participating in Scouting, choirs, and youth groups. His sense of faith in Jesus Christ was confirmed at a college chapel service. Wherever he has lived, he sought a church for opportunities of worship and service. After college graduation, he pursued a career in engineering and manufacturing for several years. He was called to a position as the Director of Administration at First Presbyterian Church in Marietta, Georgia. While serving in this position, he sensed a call to pastoral ministry and graduated from seminary after five years of study. Paul served as Associate Pastor at Reid Memorial Church in Augusta, Georgia and as Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Athens, Texas, before coming to Oakmont. He plans to work with the congregation of Oakmont Chapel to continue faithful worship and service in the Hoover community, while inviting others to know Jesus Christ. He believes that ‘loving people’ is the most important work God gives us.
Cheryl Campbell, Choir Director and Office Manager
Cheryl Campbell has served as minister of music/choir director since 2003 and her passion is leading worship through the gift of musical expression. She has a music degree from Troy University and a lifetime of experience with choirs of all ages, much of it gained during 20 years as a U.S. Army spouse in military chapels around the world. Cheryl strongly feels that worship music is more than just the technical aspects of notes and words; but rather the heart’s expression of our joy and adoration of God, as well as of the struggles we all experience in our journey to be more Christ-like. Music is a universal language which provides an incredible vehicle to communicate the greatness, faithfulness, and love of our Heavenly Father. Whatever style, tempo, or message our music may convey, our goal is to always and only glorify God.
Jonathon Brown, Pianist
Jonathon Brown’s musical training and participation in church choirs began when he was a very young child. From that time, he received instruction that ultimately led to degrees in music education and performance. While working on his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Louisiana State University, he met his wife, Naomi, who was also a doctoral piano student. They married and moved back to Birmingham. Jonathon and Naomi have each been active as teachers, performers, and church musicians.
Since 2007, Johnathon has served as Oakmont Chapel’s organist/pianist. He enjoys working with Cheryl, the choir, and various singers and instrumentalists to present a testimony in songs, hymns, and anthems for each Sunday service. Jonathon feels privileged to guide the chime choir through music made special by both the unique sounds of these instruments and the dedication of each member. He also looks forward each Sunday to being part of the worship service, which helps prepare the minds and hearts of the congregation for the pastor’s message. Jonathon deeply believes that through praise, prayer, and reflection we are all encouraged to rely on the Lord’s guidance, as we support each other and seek answers to some of life’s most perplexing questions.
Tonya Redwine, Youth Director
Tonya has been Married to her husband, Jack for almost 19 years. They have 2 daughters, Carson who is 15 and Madison who is 12. Tonya grew up at Second Presbyterian Church here in Birmingham. She attended a joint youth group between Second Presbyterian and Southminster Presbyterian Churches until she graduated high school. Then returned as an adult and worked as a volunteer with Southminster for many years until she got married. Tonya attended Oakmont for many years off and on when her step-father was an associate minister. When Tonya’s oldest daughter was almost a year old she decided to get a part time job and came to Oakmont as their Youth Director. Tonya served for almost 3 years until she became pregnant with her and Jack’s second daughter. She then had to pass the torch. Tonya and her family decided to stay at Oakmont and joined shortly after their youngest was born. The Redwine’s have enjoyed being members and in the last 5 years Tonya have tried to help out more as a volunteer advisor for our youth group. This year Tonya was asked to resume her old role and become an interim Youth Director at Oakmont for 1 year. Tonya’s hope is to continue Oakmont’s wonderful program and to help the current youth to continue their journey with the Church and with God. About 2 years ago Oakmont Presbyterian’s youth group combined with 4 other churches to form a larger youth group, BYG (Birmingham Youth Group). The BYG started meeting together every Sunday night and have grown- at times to 36 youth meeting on a single night. It has been a wonderful experience and now the BYG have added more churches totaling to 6 churches participating. It has been rewarding for the youth and adults. It has given all of us a wonderful support group. The BYG is slowly building a bridge between all our churches that I hope continues to grow just as our faith continues to grow.
Tanya Shook, Nursery