Oaks School of Leadership
What is OSL?
The Oaks School of Leadership (OSL) exists to position students for effective leadership in a variety of capacities—including ministry, non-profit, and business leadership—by providing students with hands-on leadership training combined with the opportunity to earn a degree from an accredited university.
OSL was founded in 2009, birthed out of a passion to give students practical leadership experience in order to immediately apply what they learn in the university setting. Since 2009, more than 600 students have gone through the program and many serve in high-caliber leadership positions throughout our nation and around the world.
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JARED + JESSICA PARKS
Jared and Jessica Parks are the Directors of Oaks School of Leadership. They received their undergraduate and master’s degrees from Southeastern University (SEU). Jared earned a master’s in International Community Development and Jessica earned a master’s in Business Administration.
Originally from upstate New York (Go Bills!) and Ohio, they met at SEU and remained there for 10 years before moving to Texas to become a part of Oaks Church. At SEU, Jared served as resident director and then campus pastor to over 3,000 students each year. He oversaw student leaders, chapels, discipleship programs, and athletic spiritual formation.
Jessica served as the benefits specialist in Human Resources for over 550 staff and faculty while overseeing committees dedicated to improving student experience and professional development. They are passionate about discipleship and creating opportunities for young adults to thrive. Jared and Jessica have been married for 5 years and have two sons, Elijah and Micah.