ENID—More than 90 years. That’s the combined years of experience Baptist Village Communities (BVC) and Golden Oaks Village have in providing outstanding services in Oklahoma.
Baptist Village is pleased to announce a management consulting agreement with Golden Oaks Village in Enid. BVC also provides these services to Go Ye Village in Tahlequah.

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Golden Oaks Village General Manager Gary Lillie announces a partnership with Baptist Village Communities during a monthly residents meeting.

Gary Lillie serves as general manager of Golden Oaks Village. He has been the pastor of Nash, Bethel Hawley for more than 41 years.

“We are so impressed with Golden Oaks and the Lillie/Kroeker families. They have been my friends for many years,” said Bill Pierce, BVC president. “Gary and Annette Lillie and their family have such a heart for ministry. Gary is a pastor, and Annette serves on the board of directors of The Baptist Foundation of Oklahoma.”

“I assumed leadership of Golden Oaks Village in October 2012,” Gary said. “As a Baptist pastor, I immediately saw Golden Oaks as a ministry more than a business. Over time, it was obvious we were a ministry to the residents and the community. It is a great opportunity to work with Baptist Village. We are committed and convinced that is the direction God would have us go.”

Golden Oaks Village has been serving the Enid area for more than 30 years. Started in 1988 as Christian Life Care Retirement Village, Wesley Kroeker was instrumental in enlarging the campus. His family has a strong Christian background. When the name changed to Golden Oaks Village, Kroeker continued operating the community as a Christian ministry. Upon his retirement in 2012, his family continued to operate Golden Oaks.

Golden Oaks Village is made up of 110 acres and features independent living, home health services, residential living, assisted living and a health center with skilled nursing and therapy services. More than 200 residents call Golden Oaks home.

Serving together: Baptist Village Communities and Golden Oaks a win-win - Baptist Messenger of Oklahoma 2

Golden Oaks boasts of large, open rooms and multiple floors.

“We are very excited to work together,” said Wendell Short, BVC vice president–planning and project management. “We believe the strengths of our organizations can continue to build opportunities for Oklahoma seniors in northwest Oklahoma. Both organizations have a rich Christian heritage, combined with a desire to serve individuals who choose to be a part of our communities. It is exciting to see where God will lead our efforts to provide senior services in the days ahead.”

Pierce agrees. “Management consulting can be a win-win for both Golden Oaks and BVC. We are very pleased to be serving together,” he said.

The prayer of both BVC and Golden Oaks Village is that God is glorified as they strive to lead the way in shaping the future of aging services.

For more information on Baptist Village Communities, visit www.baptistvillage.org. To learn more about Golden Oaks Village, visit www.goldenoaks.com.