During a board meeting Tuesday evening, the Oasis Medical Center revealed its newest staff members, including Chief Executive Office in training Matt Mitchell.
Mitchell is a licensed professional counselor with much history with Oasis. He has served as an OMC board member and president. Since that time, he continued to be involved by being the liaison between his church and the xenter, by participating with his whole family in the Walk for Life for years, by helping to raise financial support for OMC, and by serving in an advisory capacity.
“Many will remember Matt as the Master of Ceremonies at our 2016 Banquet. Matt brings many God-given gifts and skills wrapped in a great personality,” said Jobe.
Regarding his new position, Mitchell said, “This organization has been serving our community for 22 years and I’m excited to be a part of it.”
Regarding Mitchell’s new leadership position, Oasis Board President Kay Johnson said, “As Matt transitions into leadership, he will land squarely on a solid foundation that God has laid through Martha Jobe’s standards of integrity and faithfulness to Christ and to this pregnancy care ministry.”
The staff changes do not end with the addition of Mitchell. One seasoned staff member, Darlene Durbin, accepted a promotion.
“Darlene Durbin, our excellent Administrative Assistant in her 11th year at Oasis, has graciously agreed to take the position of Business and Operations Manager. She has proven skills in these areas with a servant’s heart, much integrity and ministry wisdom. Darlene also serves as OMC’s Abortion Recovery Leader with much compassion ...” said Jobe.
The board also added the talents of Kelly Rinehart.
“Kelly Rinehart will be the Marketing/Events/Volunteer Coordinator. She has vast experience, skills, gifts, and education in these areas, and feels called to use them at Oasis. Kelly has a heart for ministry to the hurting,” said Jobe.
Rinehart has served the community in the past with positions at both The Alliance and Main Street Corinth.
Staff member Julia Taylor, RN accepted a promotion as Clinic Director.
“The additional strengths of compassion that Darlene, Kelly, and Julia bring to their positions will enhance this vital mission to Northeast Mississippi, and adjacent states. The board, the entire staff, and friends of Oasis can genuinely rejoice in what God has done and will continue to do,” said Johnson.
Jobe said the journey began with prayer. In a letter she sent to OMC supporters last summer, she said, “I have been praying for a few years that the Lord would show me how long I should stay at Oasis Medical Center. I have never wanted to stay a day too long, nor leave a day too soon, apart from His timing. I believe the Lord is leading me to transition out of my position at Oasis Medical Center in order to retire. The last 22 years have been a call, a passion, a joy, and a wild ride in serving the Lord here. I’m still amazed at His grace in calling me to lead this ministry.”
She said she never intended to leave Oasis before the Lord brought the right people and a proper training/transition time. She said she knew only then would be pass the mantle.
For now, Jobe will continue serving as Executive Director until she and the board “see that training and mentoring are complete.”
Located at 2421 Proper Street, Oasis Medical Center opened in 1994. It is a Christian ministry that demonstrates the love of Christ through confidential medical services, factual information, education, and emotional support to women and men facing unplanned pregnancy and related issues.
“Medical services and uplifting support of a caring staff have given hope to many women who entered with a heavy heart. The practical offerings of co-ed classes to prepare for baby and the classes on parenting are wonderfully positive for those who make a decision for life. Exciting transformations take place here,” said Johnson.