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Oilfield Workers Sharing Christ Around the World

Our Story

In 1991, a drilling engineer Jim Teague, and a salesman, John Bird, decided to host a breakfast in order to get to know other Christians in the oil industry. Only advertised by word of mouth, remarkably 46 men and women showed up at 6 AM for the first meeting! Everyone enjoyed the camaraderie so much they decided to meet monthly for lunch, thus the Oilfield Christian Fellowship was founded and within a few months, as many as 250 were attending.

To God be the glory and honor!

“…our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus
Christ.” 1 John 1:3

Today OCF luncheons and dinners are held in Canada, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Wyoming, and Pennsylvania, with more chapters in the making. Here speakers share how they came to know Christ and what He is doing in their lives. Because of this, thousands of men and women have been encouraged, lives have changed and many have accepted Christ for the first time.

But the OCF has become much more...

In the summer of 2000, a Bible ministry began whereby oilfield employees were be supplied with Bibles in the language of the country where they were sent. To date, over 250,000 Bibles have been hand-carried to 61 countries, in 30 languages. In September of 2003, John was inspired to create a custom-made oilfield Bible which he named “God’s Word for the Oil Patch, Fuel for the Soul.” Twelve months later, he and Bible supply chairman and drilling engineer Mike Chaffin had designed the first of its kind Bible specifically for the oil industry. Along with the two NLT Testaments, it contains 58 pages of testimonies and commentary from president to rig hands. (“In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.” PR 16:9)

Iron Sharpens

The scripture, “As iron sharpens Iron, so one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17 is more than fitting for the various ministries of the OCF in general and each chapter. From facilitating the first Oilfield Chapel in Big Piney, Wyoming , providing a new truck and trailer to take God’s Word and love into the fields around Wamsutter, Wyoming each day, intern appreciation luncheons, campus leadership forums, to the Oklahoma City chapter raising a quarter of a million dollars for the City Rescue Mission, God has truly inspired and used the OCF.

A monthly newsletter is sent to nearly 4000 and each year a prayer breakfast is held in Houston during an oil conference, with as many as 900 in attendance and other breakfasts are being held around the country as well.

The OCF Bible App contains testimonies in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Mandarin Chinese in audio and print that are part of the Oil Patch Bible. The App also contains links to OCF social media and website. The App also houses an audio Bible that has over 1200 languages available to read or listen.




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Featured Event
OCF South Tulsa Luncheon @ Marley's Pizzeria
Apr 1 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Meeting Information:
When: 1st Wednesday of the month from 11:45 am – 12:45 pm.
Where: Marley’s Pizzeria, 6104 E. 71st Street, Tulsa, OK 74136 (918) 551-7744
Cost: $7.25 for pizza buffet and side salad.  Menu available for alternate selection.
Contact: Jim Williams, Email: or mobile: 918-409-6711


OCF Oklahoma City luncheon @ City Recue Mission Chapel
Apr 2 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
OCF-OKC Lunch Meetings:
When: First Thursday of each month, 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM
(Please enter the chapel via the NE entrance at the corner of Shartel & California avenues)
Cost: N.C. (Donations welcomed for Bibles & TttR; cash, check or credit card accepted)
RSVP via Eventbrite ( prior to 6 AM on the Wednesday before Thursday lunch.
For more information contact:
Max Holloway (, OCF-OKC Chapter Leader.
Randy Patterson, 405-517-0820 (cell/text),,; OCF-OKC Director of Communications


OCF San Antonio luncheon @ Sonterra Country Club
Apr 8 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

When:  Always the 2nd Wednesday of the month.

Please come be a part of the Oilfield Christian Fellowship monthly meeting at Sonterra Country Club for lunch and fellowship July 10 at 11:30 a.m.

RSVP cost is $20


ATTENTION: We have a new venue and request that you RSVP which is very simple to do with just a couple clicks, no RSVP pay at the door is $25.

If your interested in sponsoring lunch please contact Matt Lockwood 210-701-6397

Where – SONTERRA COUNTRY CLUB 901 Sonterra Blvd San Antonio, TX 78258

               The meeting entrance is where the valet is located.

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Mark Your Calendars and make plans to attend

If you have any specific request and / or questions for the OCF San Antonio chapter don’t hesitate to reply to this email or email

For additional information email: or call Joe DeGeare 281-381-7573 or Pete Bommer 210-216-6400 .

PLEASE RSVP via 48 hours prior to the event

OCF Tyler Luncheon @ Holly Tree Country Club, Tyler TX
Apr 8 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm


When: 11:30 to 1 PM / 2nd Wednesday of each month

Where: Hollytree CC
6700 Hollytree Dr, Tyler, TX 75703

COST:  Lunch: $20.00 per person

(Cash or Check, no credit cards)

For more information contact:
 Terry Bates at 903-343-3111 or


Come join us for Fellowship and Worship!!

OCF Dallas @ Hope for the Heart Headquarters
Apr 16 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Monthly Meetings:

When: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm / 3rd Thursday of month (except March and December, contact board for dates)

Where: Hope for the Heart Headquarters, 2001 W. Plano Pkwy, Plano TX 75075


Lunch: Available via Cafe on location

RSVP: With Drew Kendrick via email at or by phone at 214-205-4668

NOTE: reservations must be made by Friday prior to the Thursday Meeting

Cost: FREE! Lunch available at the Cafe located in the lobby of the Hope Center.  DONATIONS WELCOME!

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