Founding & Senior Pastors
Philip & Holly Wagner are the founding & senior pastors of Oasis Church. They started in 1984 with a vision to see the people of Los Angeles encounter the love and grace of God. Their dream has always been to lead a church that was like an oasis in a dry place – full of grace, love, faith, hope and generosity.
The first Oasis Sunday service was in a Beverly Hills home with a group of 12 people, and has now grown into a life-giving community of over 3000 people that gather together every Sunday!
Philip has a humorous and relatable teaching style that gives people from all walks of life, an honest perspective on their relationship with God and ways to grow in their faith. He is passionate about serving the poor in our city and around the world. In 2009, he and his son Jordan started the non-profit organization Generosity.org, which has now funded over 750 water wells in developing countries, serving more than 400,000 people with clean water.
Holly loves to enjoy life and laugh often! She’s a pastor, teacher, cancer survivor, and has authored several books. She is passionate about seeing women become all that God has designed them to be and this inspired her to start GodChicks and She Rises Conference, which is an annual gathering of thousands of women held at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.
Philip & Holly have been married since 1985 and have two adult children Jordan and Paris and live in Los Angeles with their dog Kiya!
- Our Values
- Servant Leadership
IT’S OUR PRIVILEGE TO GIVE GENEROUSLY. WE SEE IT AS AN HONOR TO BE GENEROUS WITH OUR LOVE, OUR TIME, OUR RESOURCES, OUR TALENTS, AND OUR ENCOURAGEMENT JUST AS GOD HAS BEEN SO GENEROUS WITH US.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Freely you have received; freely give.
Since you excel in so many ways—in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us — I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving.
2 Corinthians 8:7
WE DON’T COMPARE OURSELVES WITH OTHER PEOPLE OR TRY TO BE LIKE SOMEONE ELSE BECAUSE WE’RE SECURE IN WHO GOD MADE US TO BE. WE SHOW AUTHENTIC LOVE TO PEOPLE BECAUSE WE’VE GENUINELY ENCOUNTERED THE LOVE OF GOD IN OUR OWN LIVES. WE DON’T PRETEND TO BE PERFECT, BECAUSE WE’RE MOST ATTRACTIVE WHEN WE’RE AUTHENTIC TO WHO WE REALLY ARE. WE’RE HONEST AND WE’RE REAL.
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
He’s a rich mine of common sense for those live well, a personal body guard to the candid and sincere. He keeps his eye on all who live honestly.
We each have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.
We show the love of God to people in the way we honor them. We choose to see the best in people, just as God sees the best in us. We choose to forgive people, just as we’ve been forgiven, and we look for opportunities to encourage those around us.
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.
These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men. Matthew 15:8-9
WE DON’T JUST ATTEND CHURCH ON SUNDAYS, WE’RE A FAMILY THAT DOES LIFE TOGETHER. WE LOOK FOR WAYS TO ENCOURAGE EACH OTHER, AND TO SERVE EACH OTHER. WE’RE A COMMUNITY OF PEOPLE THAT LOOKS FOR LONELY PEOPLE AND WELCOMES THEM HOME. WE CELEBRATE EACH OTHER’S VICTORIES AND COME ALONGSIDE ONE ANOTHER IN OUR STRUGGLES.
They committed themselves to the teaching of the apostles, the life together, the common meal and the prayers.
Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
WE ALWAYS GIVE OUR BEST, BECAUSE WHEN GOD CREATED US IN HIS IMAGE, HE GAVE US HIS BEST. EXCELLENCE IS IN OUR SPIRIT. WE’RE PASSIONATE ABOUT CREATING ENVIRONMENTS WHERE PEOPLE ENCOUNTER THE LOVE OF GOD AND DISCOVER THEIR PURPOSE IN LIFE. WHATEVER WE COMMIT TO, WE DO IT WITH EXCELLENCE.
Then this Daniel became distinguished above all the other high officials and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him. And the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom.
I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.
Since you are eager for gifts of the spirit, try to excel in those that build up the church.
1 Corinthians 14:12
LEADERSHIP ISN’T A TITLE, IT’S A POSTURE OF SERVING OTHERS. WE LOOK FOR WAYS TO SERVE PEOPLE AND EMPOWER THEM TO BE ALL THAT GOD HAS CALLED THEM TO BE. TRUE LEADERS DON’T LOOK FOR MORE FOLLOWERS, BUT RATHER LOOK TO DEVELOP AND BUILD UP OTHER LEADERS. WE LEAD BY EXAMPLE, JUST AS JESUS DID FOR US.
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.
You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges he took the humble position of a slave...Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names.
WHEN WE LOOK AT THE LIFE OF JESUS, WE SEE HOW HIS COMPASSION MOVED HIM TO ACTION. WE’RE A COMMUNITY OF PEOPLE THAT ACCEPTS OTHERS WHEREVER THEY ARE, AND LOOKS FOR WAYS TO SERVE PEOPLE’S PRACTICAL & SPIRITUAL NEEDS. WE HAVE COMPASSION ON PEOPLE, FORGIVE QUICKLY, AND SHOW OTHERS GRACE, JUST AS GOD HAS DONE FOR US.
When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.