Watch a brief video about the Bakken Oil Rush ministry and Thrift Store HERE
On July 1, 2019, Dwayne Keener took over as the director of Bakken Oil Rush Ministry after Jim and Kathie Konsor retired. Stella Cutshall is the new thrift store manager.
Dwayne Keener is originally from Long Shoals, North Carolina. He moved to Watford City following his retirement from the Air Force after 28 years of active duty service. He joined the Air Force in 1981 shortly after high school. After serving in Germany he was stationed at Minot AFB, where God renewed his call to be a chaplain. Also while serving in Minot, he met and married Donna Brown who proudly claims Watford City as her hometown. He is an ordained elder in the Wesleyan Church and has a doctor of ministry. He enjoys golfing, fishing and bowling. Dwayne and Donna have 2 daughters, Deanna and Danae Keener Crompton. Dwayne and Donna celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary October 18th, 2019 and are thrilled to be living and serving in Watford City following their retirement.
Stella Cutshall was born in the Philippines on the Island of Cebu where she lived for 21 years. She met her husband Jeff through a pen pal company in 2001 and has now been married for 18 years. The Cutshalls have four children, Jela, Aaron, Chase and Skye. In the past, Stella worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant and Medical Aid at Good Samaritan Society in Scribner, Nebraska. After moving to North Dakota, she was the Production Manager at Sweet Crude Travel Center in Grassy Butte, ND. She also worked as a Inventory Coordinator at the McKenzie County Public School as well as a morning school bus driver. Stella begin to faithfully volunteer with Bakken Oil Rush in 2015. In the spring of 2019, she was offered the job as Store Manager. She is very grateful for everyone she gets to help and also for her coworkers.
Past directors and founders were Jim and Kathie Konsor. Bakken Oil Rush Ministry was established in 2013 by the Konsors after spending 26 years in full and part time ministry. The previous summer Jim came to Watford City to drive payloader for a rancher pulling and loading scoria. He lived in a camper by a friend’s house and met others coming to Watford City to work who had left very difficult and or desperate situations back home. Many had lost homes, businesses or been affected by personal tragedy.
Jim would walk the town in the evenings when he had a chance and pray for the city asking God what they could do to help. The answer eventually came as God partnered the Konsors with the Dakotas Conference of the UMC to come to Watford City and start an outreach mission.
The first project that they worked on was putting together a mobile thrift/free store that they would take to the RV camps surrounding Watford City. A camper was converted to carry clothes, pots, pans, dishes, toasters, coffee pots, blankets, bedding and other basic living items. In 2016 they acquired a building for the thrift store.
The Konsors also started a “Gathering Place” where men and families could come to have fellowship, a home-cooked meal from time to time and some time away from their campers. They also included some music and a bible study.