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 in 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 are secure in who God made us to be at this time in history. We show authentic love to people because we have genuinely encountered the love of God in our own life. We are most attractive when we are authentic to who we really are.
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 always give our best. Excellence is our mindset and our approach. When we commit to something, we give it the best of our ability. God created us in his image, and gave us His power to overcome darkness. When we live our life with purpose and intention, we are showing honor to the One who created us.
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
I pray that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ.
When we look at the life of Jesus, we see how much he loved and had compassion for all people. We are a community of people that accepts others wherever they are, and looks for ways to serve people’s practical 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.