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 Planting 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 Staff

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 Elders

Our elders are responsible for the care and protection of our church family. They’re also responsible for the culture and health of our church. Each of these men meet the qualifications of an elder in 1 Timothy 3 and demonstrate a desire and ability to make disciples. This is important to us at Anchor Church, because we understand the role of an elder to be primarily a shepherding role. In other words, we spend more time focusing on disciple-making than decision-making. However, because of the length of training and relational investment in these men, we consider them to be trustworthy and capable of making major decisions on behalf of the church, taking every chance and making every opportunity to receive input from our church family and partners as we consider how God might be leading Anchor Church to take steps of faith in following him.

For questions about the training process or about our theology of elder-led church governance, please do not hesitate to contact Pastor Kris: kris@anchorchurchonline.org.

Kris and Joanne Hassanpour

As the Lead Pastor, I see it as my top priority (and the top priority of every church planter) to raise up other elders (plurality) who are equal in responsibility and authority (parity). My wife and I have 3 children and have been married for 12 years. We have given ourselves fully to love and care for Anchor Church as long as God will allow us! We value things like transparency and hospitality and are excited to be a part of a church family where these things are also valued.

Tim and Arlynn Korday

Arlynn and I have been married for nearly 40 years, in that time raising 4 wonderful daughters and thereby gaining 4 wonderful sons-in-law and at last count, 14 grandkids. Our association with Kris and Joanne Hassanpour began with membership at Crosscurrent Church, from which Anchor was planted 6 years ago. Arlynn continues to serve in children’s ministry while I serve in the eldership. Earlier in 2018 we initiated a new Life Group that serves both single and married folks in the “empty nester” category. Over the years I’ve been privileged to help with four other church plants and we are ecstatic at having been able to help plant Anchor as well. Our highest goal is Christ and his bride, the local church, and we hope to “flesh out” our love for the Savior by humble service to her all the days of our lives.

Heath and Melissa Oderman

We have 3 boys: West, Erik, and Josiah. We both grew up in Virginia Beach and have been a part of Anchor Church since the beginning. We have loved the welcoming character of the church and its leadership. We lead the Hickory Community Group (come join us!!) and both serve in the Kid’s Church ministry. Heath is also one of the drummers on the Worship team. We are most excited to serve Anchor because of the personal growth in Christ that will always be required and the opportunity to be a part of seeing Jesus impact lives.

Greg and Sarah Lee

We have three children, and have been married for 12 years. We’ve been a part of Anchor since its beginning, and have served on the worship and production teams in various roles. We’ve previously led and hosted our community group for years and are currently a part of the South Independence Group. We’ve appreciated the growth and learning that this training has provided and are looking forward to serving the church family as a part of the elder team.

Dan and Sara Mackiewicz

We have two children: Peter and Andrew. We have been a part of Anchor Church for 4 years, and we both serve in Kid’s church, and Dan serves on the teaching team. We attend the South Kempsville/Greenbrier CG. We love the people of Anchor Church and its emphasis on the Good News of Jesus. We are excited to be able to serve Anchor Church and help people to grow in their knowledge of God and His Word.

Matt and Katey Toller

We’re a pack of fast moving, adventurous, long-haired, spirited ladies with a balding male backdrop. We love to open our doors to others and pursue Christ-like community. We’ve been a part of Anchor Church for three years and serve on multiple ministry teams. We also co-lead and host the Red Mill Community Group. We love the way this community of believers is growing in the knowledge of the Word, has a hunger for leadership development, and creates time and space for new relationships.


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.