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: firstname.lastname@example.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.