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. Gina Peterson is the 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 for two years, 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 minister in the Wesleyan Church and has a doctor of ministry in church leadership. He enjoys golfing, fishing and bowling. Dwayne and Donna have 2 daughters, Deanna and Danae Keener Crompton. Dwayne and Donna celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary October 18th, 2020 and are thrilled to be living and serving in Watford City following their retirement.
Gina and her husband Daniel Peterson moved to Watford City three years ago from Texas. They have two boys named Deacon and Daniel and two Chihuahuas named Lola and Bela. Before moving to Watford City, Gina was a stay at home mom for nine years but volunteered at her son’s elementary school and played tennis almost every day. She enjoys watching 80’s movies, listening to classic rock and eating huckleberry ice cream from Larson’s Pharmacy.
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.