- Currently serving: Kirtland, New Mexico
- Home church: Antrim (Pa.) BIC
- Serving since: 2008
- Married: 2005
- Children: Christina, Abigail, Jessica, Caleb, Joshua, and Amos
Jason Oberholser grew up in south-central Pennsylvania, where he was introduced by relatives to a love of farming. By his teen years, it was evident that he had two major passions — agriculture and serving God. These passions led him to study agriculture and graduate from the Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute with a degree in dairy cattle production and management. Upon graduating from college, he spent a summer in the African country of Zimbabwe, where he was able to get a firsthand look at cross-cultural work. The various agricultural jobs he has held over the years have taught him a great deal about working with people and appreciating God’s creation.
Jason spends a lot of time building relationships with men through volunteering with two BIC ministries – the BIC Overcomers program for alcohol recovery and Byron’s House of Hope for men coming out of prison. Jason also operates a small business, Jabek Ranch, as an avenue to provide employment and discipleship for graduates of these two programs.
Rebekah Oberholser grew up on a small Pennsylvania farm and received an education in food service and nutritional counseling. For several years, she operated a small baking and cake decorating business. As a teenager, she took a missions trip to Haiti, where she was exposed to poverty as well as missions work. Later, while driving through the Navajo Nation, she gained interest in the Navajos and their culture.
Growing up, Rebekah enjoyed supporting missionaries but never expected to serve on the mission field herself. But after she met Jason, her perspective broadened to see that God’s purpose for their family included missions. Rebekah enjoyed serving on her congregation’s world prayer team and hospitality committee, giving her exposure to missions work and serving others. Her interests include gardening, hiking, drawing, and cooking. However, she looks for opportunities to connect with women and children in the community.
A two-week exploratory trip to New Mexico in 2006 confirmed that Jason and Rebekah were called to reach out to the Navajo people. Since partnering with BIC U.S. World Missions in 2008, the Oberholsers have worked to build relationships with Navajos, lead people into a relationship with Jesus Christ, and disciple Navajo believers. As a family, the Oberholsers participate in a Saturday night church service called Broken Walls Fellowship. This BIC church plant ministers to recovering addicts and their families. It’s been wonderful to watch God’s redemptive hand at work as he restores lives that were once broken.