We’d love to share our story with you and invite you to be a part of what God is doing at Anchor Church. Below, you’ll find an overview of who we are with the option to show more details. We’d also love the chance to get to know you, so we’re inviting you to get to know us a little, too!

Our Story

Anchor Church was planted in September 2012. We are deeply indebted to the vision and leadership of Crosscurrent Church (now Risen Church) and to Spanish River Church for their support in planting our church. We are also deeply committed to making disciples and planting more churches in Hampton Roads.

We belong to the Acts 29 Network of churches and are a part of the Spanish River Church Network. These two networks have contributed greatly to the health of our church through relational and financial support. We are grateful to churches like Crosscurrent Church, Spanish River Church, Remnant Church, and Portico Church, Citylight Church, and Redemption Church for their financial and relational support in those early days. In keeping with the pattern we’ve learned from these churches, and with our desire to join God’s global mission, we have committed 10% of all general offerings to church planting efforts from the very start of our own church.

We would love for you to join us as we endeavor to plant and support churches here in Hampton Roads and around the world.


Our Leaders

We invite you to get to know our staff a little and to reach out at any point if you have any questions or need information.


Kris and Joanne Hassanpour

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Kris is our Lead Pastor overseeing organizational direction, teaching, communication, administration, and leadership development for our church.



Reggie and Melanie Rivera


Melanie is our Administrative Director who helps to organize all of Anchor Church’s meetings, events, gatherings, and ministry teams.



Sheldon and Christina White









Sheldon is our Worship Leader and oversees the music and production elements for our Sunday gatherings.


Our Partners

We consider the members of our church to be Partners. We believe that membership and partnership are both biblical terms, but prefer partnership because of the imagery in Philippians 1 (partnership in the Gospel) and because of what it conveys in our context.

We are more than members of a club or organization – we’re members of one another! We’re one body, one family working together to proclaim the Good News of Jesus to our friends and neighbors. We see membership in a local church more as a partnership in Gospel ministry with one another.

We invite you to become a partner by Living, Giving, Serving, and Learning with us over time. It’s our hope that every partner of our church embraces their calling and responsibility to live as an integral part of God’s family on mission together.

If you’re interested, we invite you to fill out our Partnership Form, and please contact us if you have any questions! We ‘d be glad to welcome you into our church.