Pastor John and Laurie were raised in Sayville Long Island. John attended Cherry Avenue elementary school in kindergarten and then St. Lawrence Catholic Church school for the next eight years. Laurie attended Green Avenue school and then Sayville Junior High School. Pastor Laurie was born in California, where her paternal father was abusive. Her mom had to escape for their lives. Her mom brought them back to Long Island. She married again to a good man and moved to Sayville.
Pastor John lost his dad at 10 years old to a work related accident. He was raised by a single mom, struggling to make ends meet. Both Pastor John and Laurie had life altering experiences when they met Jesus as teenagers. Pastor John said he first laid his eyes on Laurie in junior high school at the top of the stairs. He said to himself "wow that's some pretty girl". They both attended Sayville high School but they both led different paths.
Laurie was a Sayville High School Cheerleader. John played football for the Sayville Golden Flashes. Brief moments of connection were made at St. Lawrence retreats and driver's ed class. Upon graduation of high school, John left for Oral Roberts University and during his first summer break Laurie and John met at a St. Lawrence Coffee House and the rest is history. Together they attended Rhema Bible Training College.
Three grown children and four grandchildren later, they now have established a church here in Sayville. The Church's message is simple. Intimacy through the Worship of God, Faith through the Word of God and growth through doing the Works of God. It is summed up in this; Love God with all your heart soul and strength and love your neighbor as yourself. Together with their family they sing, compose music and have authored over 20 books. After pastoring in Patchogue for 20 years, they have moved their operations to Sayville New York. Their time here in Sayville has been met with favor and grace. All are welcome to visit and celebrate their faith with Pastor John and Laurie and the Oasis Christian Center family Sundays at 10 AM here at 80 North Main St., Sayville, NY. Gods grace to you all!