Our Staff

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We are in an intentional transitional phase at the current time. Please see the “Grove News” section on the main page of the website for additional information.

Ministry Assistant: Tammy, ext 221

Dr. Ralph Batykefer, Minister to Students

Rev. Ralph Batykefer Photo

Ralph has been our Minister to Students since January of 1999.

Ralph earned his B.A. from Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania, and his Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

He also received his Doctorate in Ministry degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, with an emphasis in Student Ministry Discipleship/Family Mentoring.

Ralph’s wife  is Karen and has two children; daughter Noelle and son Ralph III.

Ralph’s desire is equipping students to be ministers of the Lord Jesus Christ no matter their age or giftedness.

Ralph also holds a 5th degree black belt and leads a Christian Karate program at Oak Grove Baptist for ages 6 through adult.

Reach Ralph at 410-838-9898, ext. 225 or rbatykefer_jr@hotmail.com.

Ministry Assistant: Holly, ext 223.

Rev. Steve Poole, Minister of Music & Worship

Rev. Steve Poole Photo

Rev. Steve Poole joined our staff in February 2006 as the Minister of Music and Worship.

He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music from the University of South Alabama and his Master’s in Music from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Steve desires to provide multi-generational opportunities to present multi-sensory offerings of our talents and gifts to God through creative, God-focused praise and worship.

Reach Steve at 410-838-9898 ext 230, or poolehall@gmail.com.

Ministry Assistant: Karen, ext 259.

Rev. Trey Wooton, Minister to Children / Senior Adults

Rev. Trey Wooton Photo

Trey joined the staff at Oak Grove on June 1, 2007.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Mississippi College and a Master of Divinity in Christian Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Trey is married to his wife Nikki and has two children, Connor and Alyssa.

Trey has served on the international field in the country of Bolivia as well as at churches in Louisiana and Georgia prior to his coming to Oak Grove.

Reach Trey at 410-838-9898 ext 244, or trey@oakgrovebaptist.com.

Ministry Assistant – children: Holly, ext 223
and Ministry Assistant – senior adults: Karen, ext. 259.

Rev. Jim Testerman, Minister of Small Groups

Jim joined our Staff on November 1, 2009.

He was licensed and ordained at our church, and has been ministering here bi-vacationally for quite a few years.


He and his wife Becky have a daughter, Amanda.

Jim is a graduate of Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science in Religion; and is currently working on a Masters of Divinty through Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.

He oversees all of our small groups, as well as assimilation of new members and GROW (our church-wide outreach program).

Jim’s passions include preaching and evangelizing the lost.

Reach Jim at 410-838-9898 ext 228, or jimbtesterman@gmail.com

Ministry Assistant: Toni, ext 224.

Mr. Richard Weih, Lay Minister of Pastoral Care (volunteer)

Rev. Richard Weih Photo

Richard joined our staff as a volunteer in November of 2009.

He frequently visits those who are in the hospital, our homebound members, and anyone else needing care.




Pianist Janey Hoffman
Organist Debbie Wright
Director of Deaf Ministry Fil Kimball
Deaf Interpreter John Ferrara
Facilities Manager Daniel Dipeppe
Custodian Mike Waller
Custodian Samuel Donahue
Oak Grove Baptist Church
2106 Churchville Rd
Bel Air, MD 21015-4908
410.838.9898 (phone)
410.734.6118 (fax) oakgrovebaptist@oakgrovebaptist.com
Office Operation:
Office Manager, Tammy, ext. 221
Ministry Assistant, Karen, ext. 259
Ministry Assistant, Richard, ext. 222
Ministry Assistant, Toni, ext. 224

Ministry Assistant, Holly, ext. 223

Monday – Friday: 8 am – 4 pm

Office Closed Wednesday for staff devotions: 9 am – 10 am