This is Our Story
Steve & Pam VandenBulck
“They will be called Oaks of Righteousness, a planting of the Lord for a display of His splendor.”
Personal pursuit for freedom
From the messiness of our own lives and marriage we have discovered a freedom that we believe will really support you in your freedom journey. Oaks Rising was birthed from our testimony as we put into writing all the Lord has done in and through us.
We never gave up amidst the various trials, hurts, mistakes, betrayals and failures that lie within the chapters of our own individual stories and within the pages of our marriage story.
It has been so rewarding to walk alongside others as they discover the most life giving treasures from within the pages of their own stories. Even as most of those stories go largely untold, the impact of them in the Kingdom is bearing beautiful fruit. We invite you to come along with us to Rewrite Your Story.
"We believe that none of us are as free as Jesus died for us to be!"
Vision & mission
Our vision is a world filled with authentic believers who’ve been set free and whose fruit is multiplied for the splendor of the Lord.
On mission we equip, coach, mentor and activate leaders to live sempiternally from an eternal perspective now and to passionately pursue freedom in their own communities of influence.
Pam & Steve are both Certified Christian Transformation Life Coaches, Life Languages® Communication Coaches, Christian Healing Ministry and the Order of Saint Luke the Physician trained. Both have been through the leadership program of Tony Robbins Mastery University and Klemmer & Associates Advanced Leadership Training Programs as well as hundreds of hours being mentored and trained in biblical studies, life coaching, leadership, and healing certification courses. Pam is also a certified AG Proficient Coach, Level Three AGPC with the AG Coaching Task Force, a certified John Maxwell Speaker, Coach and Trainer and qualified as a Master Level Coach, having well over 10,000 coaching hours.
We struggled for decades and now love igniting sparks of freedom by awakening others!
What we do
We love to facilitate others going deeper into Freedom to awaken their birthright & Kingdom identity. Our mandate is to apply Kingdom freedom principles to help unlock the places in people where they are bound up, stuck or feeling defeated and to awaken them to live from their birthright and Kingdom Destinies!!!
Everything we share with others has been birthed out of the pressing through that came from our own overcoming. Our personal, marriage, parenting, business and ministry freedom journeys have equipped us to bring a powerful message of hope and change that is possible for everyone who wants to experience more freedom.
We are passionate about moving people beyond their own freedom to begin supporting others to Get Free, which we believe is in alignment with Isaiah 61:4 – the rebuilding of the ancients ruins.
It is our belief that all people can hear from God themselves and we celebrate with them as they unveil their God given Destinies. By imparting into the lives of others through personal and group activations, sessions and trainings, thousands of people have experienced freedom.
- The Bible should lead us in a growing relationship with Jesus. (Job 42:5; John 1:14; John 14:6)
- We are called to transform and renew our mind. (Romans 12:2)
- The goal of Scripture is to bring us into relationship with the Author and transform us into His likeness. (Ps. 119:105; Matt. 4:4; 2 Cor. 3:15-18; 2 Tim. 3:15-17; James 1:22-25 )
- We encounter God in the Word, and faith is released into our lives. As we study Scripture, it empowers us who God is, who we are and how He wants us to live. (Ps. 119:105; Matt. 7:24-28; John 8:31-32; John 17:17; Rom. 10:17; Rom. 15:4; 1 Cor. 10:1-13; 1 Thess. 2:13; Col. 3:15-17)
- The Word of God is the source of infallible authority by which we judge all insight and prophetic revelation. (Prov. 30:5-6; Matt. 22:29; John 8:31-32; Col. 1:6-9; 2 Thess. 2:13-15; 2 Tim. 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:16-21)
- God’s promises are always “yes and amen” for the believer in Christ. (2 Cor. 1:20
- We interpret the Bible through the person of Jesus. (John 1:14; John 14:9; Col. 2:9; Heb. 1:3)
- Christ died to set us free from the law of sin and death, fear, and shame to establish us in freedom so we can live and love as God’s glorious children. (2 Cor. 5:17; Rom. 8:1-2, 19-21; Rom. 6:4 and 14-22)
- Scripture says we have been given freedom to serve one another in love. Freedom is very personal, but it is not self-centered. (Gal. 5:13-15; 1 Cor. 8:9-13; 1 Cor. 9:19; Rom. 14 and 15)
- Freedom and responsibility cannot be separated. We experience freedom when we are able to control ourselves. So we cooperate with the Holy Spirit as He produces the fruit of self-control in us. (Gal. 5:16-25; Rom. 8:12-13; 2 Pet. 1:5-9)
- We endeavor to make sure the “size” of our self-control continues to grow and remain bigger than the size of our influence. (Eph. 4:1; Col. 1:10; 1 Cor. 6:18-20)
- Our freedom came at a great price. Therefore, we protect, steward and sacrificially extend it to others. (1 Cor. 6:20; John 13:34-35; Rom. 12:1)
- We are saints, not sinners, and we are sanctified. We no longer live under shame or condemnation. (Rom. 8:1-4; Rom. 8:34; 1 Cor. 1:30; Gal. 2:20; Rom. 3:24; 1 John 4:17; Rom. 8:29-30)
- It is finished! We are forgiven and freed from the enemy’s power of sin, sickness, lies and torment, so now we operate in the power of righteousness, healing, truth and joy! (Rom. 6:4; Rom. 8:1-4; Rom. 8:14-16; 2 Cor. 5:17; Gal. 2:20)
- We are part of the Kingdom of Heaven, and we live from heaven towards earth.(Eph. 2:5-7; 1 John 4:17; Col. 1:13; Col. 3:2; Ps. 121:1-2)
- We are adopted as royalty into God’s family and commanded to help others be reconciled to God and come “home.” (John 1:12; Rom. 8:14-16; 2 Cor. 5:18-21)
- We are simultaneously servants, children, and trusted friends of our Lord (Matt. 23:10-12; John 15:15; John 1:12)
- We are new creations, not merely “sinners saved by grace,” but saints who have been given His righteousness. (2 Cor. 5:17; 2 Cor. 5:21; Rom. 1:17; Rom. 3:28; Rom. 8:29-30)
- We equip others to live a naturally supernatural lifestyle and change their worlds (Luke 9:1-6; Luke 10:1-21) and believe the Church will successfully fulfill Christ’s great commission to make disciples of all nations. (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 1 John 5:14-15; Is. 54:3-5; Is. 60)
- We work to leave a legacy and inheritance for future generations. We long for the Lord’s return, yet we don’t know when He will come; therefore, we have a long-term vision. (Prov. 13.22; Is. 9:6-7; Is. 2:4; Is. 11:5-7; Matt. 25:14-29; Rev. 12:11)
- We are not looking to escape the world but to see Christ’s victory manifested in individuals and nations even in the face of resistance and conflict. (Luke 10:2-3; Matt. 28:18-19; Phil. 3:12-14; Heb. 12:1-3; Rev. 11:15)
- The Church is called to overcome at all times—in times of suffering and persecution and in times of prosperity and great influence. (John 16:33; Ps. 188:6; Is. 41:10; 1 John 4:4; Is. 54:17; Ps. 34:19)
- We prophesy to build up and exhort. (Luke 9:53-55; 1 Cor. 14:3; Rom. 14:19)
- We believe and live the prayer, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as in heaven.” Therefore, we partner with the King in natural and supernatural ways to create mercy, justice, and righteousness until He comes. (Matt. 6:9-10; Matt. 10:42; Matt. 25:40; Matt. 10:7-8; John 14:12)
- We pray from Jesus’ victory (not for victory) and destroy the devil’s works in the world. (Is. 54:17; Eph. 1:20-23; 1 John 4:4; Matt. 11:11)
- God is never overwhelmed and the devil is small and defeated! Yes, we are in a battle, but the outcome is not in question. (1 John 4:4; Rom. 8:31-39; John 12:31; 1 John 2:13; 1 John 5:4; Acts 4:23-31; Mark 5:1-11)
- Every believer is in full-time ministry because God is advancing His Kingdom, not just building His Church. Our work and effort, whether big or small, inside or outside the church, is sacred and valuable to God. (Col. 3:23-24; Dan. 6:3; Prov. 22:29; Is. 60:1-5; Matt. 13:31-32)
- As the Kingdom advances, there will be resistance and conflict, but we expect the culture to be changed as people come to salvation and take their place in God’s plan for the world. (John 15:19-21; 2 Cor. 4:8-11; 2 Cor. 12:10; Luke 12:11-12; John 16:33; Acts 4:23-31)
- Jesus promised signs would follow believers and they would do even greater works than He. (Mark 16:15-18; John 14:12-14; Acts 2:17-18)
- The Holy Spirit gives every believer the power to be a bold witness, releasing God’s supernatural power, seeing miracles, signs and wonders. (Acts 1:8; Acts 2:16-18; 1 Cor. 12, 14:1-3; Matt. 10:8; John 20:21-23; Acts 4:31-35; Acts 8:26-40; 1 Cor. 4:20)
- We believe all can be healed because Jesus demonstrated the Father’s will in healing all the sick and demonized. (Matt. 4:23; Matt. 9:35; Matt. 12:15; Matt. 14:14; Luke 9:11; Acts 10:38)
- We owe the world an encounter with God and invitation to salvation because Jesus sent us to the world just as the Father sent Him. (Luke 10:1-23; Matt 5:14; John 20:21; John 17:18; Matt 28:18-19)
- Nothing is impossible with God, so no person or situation is beyond His ability to bring complete restoration. (Luke 1:34-37; Matt 17:20; Mark 10:25-27; 1 Cor 6:9-11; Ps. 103)
- Faith requires us to step beyond fear and take risks while humbly honoring the environment in which we are ministering. (Matt 9:28-29; Matt 17:2; Math 14:24-33; Acts 3:1-10; Heb 11:1; James 2:14-18.)
- We walk as sons of God being salt and light, revealing our Father’s goodness and calling people to repentance. (Matt. 5:13-16; John 20:22; Rom. 2:4, 8:19)
- We live a Spirit-led life following the voice, leading and guiding of His Presence as we release heaven into earth. (Matt. 4:4, 11:28; John 5:19, 10:27; Mark 5:21-34; Acts 10:9-16; Gal. 4:16-18)
- God is not mad at us. (Hebrews 1:9; John 10:10; Romans 14:17-18; Psalms 30:11-12; Zephaniah 3:17; Isaiah 61:3)
- Jesus reveals the love and priorities of the Father in His ministry and sacrifice – He is perfect theology. (Hebrews 1:2-3; Colossians 1:19, 2:9; John 1:1,18, 3:16-17, 14:6-7, 8:1-11,19)
- The enemy comes to steal and kill, but Jesus comes to destroy demonic works and give us abundant life. (John 10:9-11; 1 John 3:8; Mattthew 9:11-13)
- God describes Himself as gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. God is good and, by nature, in a good mood. (Psalms 103:8-14; Numbers 14:18; Zephaniah 3:17; Galatians 5:22-23; Matthew 7:11; Exodus 34:5-7)
- God Is good regardless of our circumstances. (Nahum 1:7; Romans 5:8, 8:28-32; James 1:17)
- God is generous. As we remember and retell what He has done in testimonies, He’s able and eager to do it again. (John 3:16; Revelation 12:11, 19:10; Joshua 4:1-9)
- We live from the premise that God wants to save and heal everyone. (2 Peter 3:9; Ephesians 1:4-6; Romans 1:18-21; Matthew 4:23-24, 8:1-3, 8:16-17, 9:35, 14:34-36; Mark 6:56; Luke 9:11; Acts 10:38; 1 John 3:8)
- We value and honor each other even when we disagree. It’s not about being right, but being understood. (Matt. 18:2-4; Rom. 12:4; 1 Pet. 2:17; Rom. 12:10; 1 Pet. 3:8; 1 Pet. 5:5; John 17:25-26)
- We see where people fit in the body of Christ and celebrate their individuality. (1 Cor. 12; Rom. 12:4; Eph. 4:7)
- Honor recognizes and affirms how valuable and powerful other people are because they are made in His image and He died to restore them to relationship. We are significant. (Gen. 1:26; Eph. 4:22-24; Rom. 12:10)
- The level of value we have for one another influences the measure of impact we have on each other. (Matt. 10:41; John 13:35; Phil. 2:1-4)
- We call out the best in people and celebrate them in spite of our differences, responding to people based on who we are and their God-given identity, not simply their behavior or self-definition. (1 Cor. 12:18; 24-26, 14:3; Phil. 4:8)
- Honor must be demonstrated through consistent respect in word and action toward those we lead, follow, love and disagree with. Honor avoids controlling others but does confront, limit and discipline when necessary. (1 Cor. 13:1-7; 1 Cor. 4:13; 2 Tim. 2:11-16)
- We love our enemies and pray for those against us. (Luke 23:34; Matt. 5:43-48; Luke 9:54-56)
- Rather than judging people outside of the church, we love them and serve them into the Kingdom. (Matt. 10:8; Mark 2:13-17; Rom. 2:4; Heb. 13:17)
- We believe that no one is created to walk alone and that people become most alive when planted in a healthy family. (Acts 2:1-2; Acts 4:23-31; Matt. 18:20; Eph. 3:14-20; Matt. 6:9; 1 Cor. 12:21-27)
- We are adopted into God’s family, so we intentionally create family and community wherever we go. (Eph. 2:19; Acts 2:44-47; Gal. 6:10; 1 Peter 2:17; Heb. 2:11)
- We think like healthy family members by doing what’s best for the whole environment and submitting to one another and by not being selfish. (Eph. 5:21; Gal. 5:13; Phil. 2:3; Rom. 12:9-21)
- We purposely grow our individual capacity to trust and be trusted in covenant relationships as we empower and confront one another to live out who we truly are. (Matt. 18:15; 1 Cor. 4:14-21; 1 Thess. 5:14)
- We are loyal, and loyalty is demonstrated most radically when people fail. We don’t punish and abandon them to save face or convince the world that we hate sin, but work to see them restored. (Matt. 18:15; John 8:1-11; Gal. 6:1; Ps. 141:5; 1 Cor. 4:21
- God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit have brought us into their intimacy and family. From their love and wisdom, we build healthy families and communities. (John 15:15-16a; Acts 2:44-47; Eph. 3:14-21; 1 John 3:1)
- Our gifts are not fully developed when we receive them and we get better moving in our gifts as we practice together. (1 Tim. 4:14-15)
- Jesus has invited us into a relationship. He said that His sheep would know His voice and that the Holy Spirit would teach us all things. It’s natural for God to communicate with His family and important for us to listen, look, and learn His language and ways. (Isaiah 50:4-5; Matt. 4:4; John 10:26-28, 14:25, 16:13; Acts 2:17; 1 John 2:27; Num. 11:29)
- Scripture calls us to earnestly desire the gift of prophecy, which is speaking on God’s behalf to strengthen, encourage and comfort people. So, we desire to say what the Father is saying in order to grow their identity and call out the purposes and treasure He has placed in them. (I Tim. 4:14-16; I Cor. 14:1-4, 24-25; Acts 13:1-3; Eph. 2:10; 1 John 4:17)
- Prophecy is not “one-way communication” it involves two people hearing from God, the one who gives the word and the one who receives it. Therefore, with the help of the Holy Spirit, Scripture and the community, we judge the spirit and accuracy of the words we give and receive, holding on to what is good and letting go of what is not. (Thess. 5:19-22; 1 Cor. 14:29; Acts 21:10-22:30 (Agabus’ inexact prophecy); Acts 27:10, 22-24 (Paul’s prophecy Corrected by an angel)
- The Bible is the authority of revelation and nothing will be added to it. No accurate prophecy will contradict the Scripture (properly interpreted) or be considered equal with it. (Matt. 22:29; John 8:31-32; Gal. 1:6-9; 2 Thess. 2:13-15; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Matt. 7:15-20)
- God often speaks to us in the language of our own mind/spirit/soul. The voice of the Lord often sounds like us so we do have to practice to discern His voice with confidence. Being accurate increases our confidence. (Acts 10:9-16; 1 Cor. 2:12-16)