Our Leadership

Oakland International Fellowship is led by vocational Pastors with assistance of Elders selected from the congregation.

Pastor Joshua Halubka comes to OIF after serving seven years with the International Mission Board in East Asia. It was during his college years at University of North Carolina at Charlotte through his involvement with Campus Crusade for Christ (now Cru) that he first began to seek God for the joy of knowing him as well as consider pursuing a life of gospel ministry.

After college Josh attended Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. He received his Master of Divinity in Christian Ministry in 2008. It was in seminary that he met his wife, Courtney, and they were married in 2007.

During their years on the international mission field, Josh and Courtney experienced the blessings and challenges of sharing Christ and making disciples in a cross-cultural setting. This time overseas proved to be a time of growth in their lives and has provided some equipping to understand, empathize with, and minister to those who are living as expats in the USA. It was also during this time that Josh and Courtney became parents to four children: Judson, Esayas, Corrie, and Eli.

In 2015 Josh began to experience God’s leading back to the US and into church ministry. It was hard to leave the place that had become home to them and the people they had grown to love, but they felt compelled to resign from their mission service and seek God’s direction for their next steps. God has brought them to serve at OIF, and they are excited about the opportunity to serve in a local church with a focus on reaching the nations with the gospel of Christ.

Josh and Courtney see their need for grace every day. And they desire to bring that same grace into the lives of the people in the church as well as those outside. The good news of the grace of God is what the world and the church needs—the provision of salvation, which comes by faith alone in Christ alone, and growth in that truth as we understand and rest in who we are in Christ.

Contact Pastor Josh at joshhalubka [at] gmail [dot] com

Pastor Michael Liang was born in Minneapolis, MN, and has lived in places like Taipei, Taiwan, Pittsburgh, PA, and Columbus, OH. On a fall day in Mt. Lebanon in 1982, he accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior after a presentation of Heaven and Hell. At an 8th grade summer camp in Ohio, the speaker gave a message on Revelation 3. He realized his life was lukewarm and needed to make Jesus Christ his Lord as well. The next few years were learning and growing years. He was baptized on Easter Sunday in 1992 at Chinese Christian Mandarin Church (CCMC) in Willowbrook, IL.
Mike and Jeanne

Pastor Mike graduated from Illinois Wesleyan in 1996 with a double major in Economics and Business Administration. Right out of college, he worked for the largest commodity firm and then moved into stocks with TD Waterhouse and then finally with Morgan Stanley. He is a survivor of 9/11. He is blessed to have been physically rescued by God. The event also changed his perspective on life. Life is indeed short and he had to make the most in glorifying God. Ever since returning from college, God has given him a heart to serve the youth. He finds the greatest pleasure in serving Him. It is also where his parents saw his joy in serving and blessed him to go to seminary at Moody Theological Seminary and serve in full time ministry at both Living Water Evangelical Church’s (LWEC) and at Chicago Northwest Suburban Chinese Christian Church (CNSCCC). Mike is married to Jeanne.

Mike believes the children and youth ministry program at PCCO and OIF are a part of God’s redemptive plan of bringing sinful people to not only a restored relationship with Christ but a heart that worships God in everyday aspects of life-home, school, and work. He also believes families and the church community have integral roles in raising up disciples of Christ.  Lastly, he believes that if these two parts are satisfied, we can be used as effective ambassadors for Christ in growing the Kingdom in Pittsburgh, the surrounding areas, and the rest of the world.

Contact Pastor Mike at mliang74 [at] gmail [dot] com

Elders play a critical role in the leadership of our church. The qualifications of Elders are defined in accordance with 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9. They work with the Pastors to assume collective leadership of the church. They are primarily concerned with (1) the spiritual growth of individual members, (2) the exercise of spiritual gifts and (3) the maintenance and good order of ministry teams. Our Elders share responsibilities with both congregations. Further details regarding their specific duties are detailed in the Church Bylaws.