Our story

YWAM Oakhaven

YWAM Oak Haven launched in 2021, when Bryan and Tara Riley were led by God to bring YWAM back to Northwest Arkansas and redeem what was lost.

In April '21, Bryan and Tara met with Dave and Leola Leetch, one of the founding families of DaySpring Greeting Cards. Together, they began to move towards the fulfillment of a vision Don Leetch and Dean Kerns had for the Oak Haven property. For over 40 years, Don and Dean knew the property was anointed by God to be a place for missionary training and the equipping of the body of Christ to take the gospel to the Nations.

They also knew it would be a place where many ministries could come together for the Kingdom to impact not only the nations, but also spheres of Society: Business, family, education, and entertainment. The property is also a "haven" for rest and restoration.

Because of this, YWAM Oak Haven is partnering with local churches, businesses, and other ministries on the property to bring authentic Christian community to life.

Kayak Park on the Illinois River, Siloam Springs, Arkansas

Experience YWAM Oakhaven!

Located in beautiful Northwest Arkansas, YWAM Oak Haven invites you to come away and discover who God created you to be. We aren't a place of perfect people - but we are committed to meeting you where you are.​

We commit to the communication of the gospel by training and sending missionaries using sports, fitness, business, the arts, family, and more. Are you wondering how to be a missionary? YWAM Discipleship Training is the perfect place to get started on short-term or long-term mission work.  

​Whatever it takes to know God and make God known, together.