Jeff Montgomery is the son of Jerry and Judy Montgomery, born in Lincoln Nebraska, home of the Huskers. Jeff has two sisters and joined the United States Navy in December of 1980 and married Anita in January of 1984. Jeff and Anita have two amazing children, Ashley married to Kevin Clear and Brandy. Jeff retired from the Navy in 2005 and served both as enlisted and an officer during his career. He stepped down from his government position serving as a Contracting Officer Representative in 2016. Jeff received Christ in 2006. After many years of prayer, Jeff entered full-time ministry and is currently serving as the Youth Leader and Pastor-in-Training for ages K-12. His other responsibilities include: Vacation Bible School Director, Empowering Youth 2 Serve Director, Chosen Ministry, Small Group Leader and Elder. He loves spending time with his family and wife, and he enjoys riding his Harley and playing golf. His guiding Bible verse is Proverbs 3:5,6, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight."i
Anita Montgomery is the daughter of Emily Mankey and was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. She graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Education and is also a big Husker fan. Anita has been an educator for the past 29 years and is currently a department head and athletic director at Jolliff Middle School in Chesapeake. She has been married to Jeff for 33 years and they have two children, Ashley and Brandy. Anita has spent her entire career educating, developing and leading young children. She has a deep passion for youth and has served as a co-leader for four mission trips at Grace Community Church. Anita received Christ in 2005, and is currently serving the youth as a member of the Vacation Bible School team by directing outside activities, she supports the Friday Night Lights youth program, and is the co-leader of Summer Missions. Anita enjoys crafting, scrapbooking, and spending quality time with her kids and husband. Her guiding Bible verse is also Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will set your paths straight."
Chris Everidge became a Christian as a youth in South Georgia at the knees of his Grandmother, a wonderful praying woman. After an up and down young spiritual life, Chris joined Agape Christian Fellowship in February of 1995 when he was invited by his friend George Del Moral. That was the beginning of a fine education in God's Word and His amazing precepts. Chris' duties primarily surround theological training and Biblical education of youth from age eight to eighteen, focusing on the five "Solas" and Biblical principles of the Protestant reformation: Sola fide. Sola Gratia. Sola Scriptura. Sola Christos. Sola Deo Gloria, Total depravity, Unconditional election, Limited atonement, Irresistible grace and perseverance of the saints. Man is accountable for: Thoughts, attitudes, motives, words & deeds. Chris is married to the former Miss Christi Lynn Garrity of Denver, Colorado. They have six children: Alec, Christopher, Jonathan, Benjamin, Georgia & Thomas. Chris is a veteran of both the US Army and US Navy and currently works for the Department of Defense in Virginia Beach VA. His guiding Bible verse, Proverbs 5:15-18 "Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well. Let they fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets. Let them be only then own, and not strangers' with thee. Let thy fountain be blessed; and rejoice with the wife of thy youth."
Doug "Tad" Hoven is a servant of the LORD, born in the ‘free state of Jones’, Laurel, Mississippi. He has moved over twenty times, but settled in Chesapeake in 2006. Doug has an older sister and two younger brothers. The Lord regenerated his heart and gave him the gift of faith when he was thirteen years old (1999). He joined the Navy in the winter of 2004 and a year later married Julie Hoven. Doug and Julie have two daughters Alexis and Summer and a son also named Douglas. After eight years of service on submarines he left the Navy as a sailor and now works at Norfolk Naval Shipyard as a civilian performing testing on submarines. Doug currently serves the Lord by teaching the High School youth members. In addition to this he leads a home fellowship and presently holds the office of Deacon. He loves seeing others grow in their walk with our Lord and being sanctified by our Heavenly Father. One of his guiding verses for his walk and what he desires for his brothers and sisters is 2 Peter 3:17- 18 - . . . be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness, but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
Steve Sobelwas and raised in northern California with his mom and sister in a Christian home and attended a Baptist Church where he received Christ. At 15 they moved even further north where he met his future wife at a Bible Church. After a tour in the army, they got married, continuing to serve in the church where they met. He played drums for the worship and sang. He was also involved in the youth ministry and building projects. The Sobel family moved to Virginia in 2009 and found Grace Community in 2015 and have enjoyed serving in many ways. Steve is involved in the music ministry; singing, playing drums, and leading worship on occasion. He also enjoys working on the maintenance of the church building. In 2016 Steve and Lisa began serving the youth group by organizing activities during youth events and have been able to begin a youth praise team encouraging teens to serve using their gifts to the glory of God. Serving in the youth ministry has been a very encouraging experience and has allowed him to learn more humility and grow spiritually. He also enjoys woodworking in his Shop, spending time with Lisa and their daughters. Steve is currently attending a trade school, hoping to complete an Associates Program in HVAC/R where he plans to use this to serve the Church and Church family. His guiding Bible verses are: Galatians 2:20 "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me." and 2 Timothy 3:16,17 "All scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work."
Lisa Sobelwasborn and raised in Northern California, received Christ at the young age of 9 at Middletown Bible Church, where she and her family were serving members for many years. Lisa grew up in this church, attending Wednesday night programs, Vacation Bible School and eventually Youth Group where she met her future husband, Steve. Graduated from Middletown High School in 1993 and attended Santa Rosa Jr. College, earning an Associate’s degree before transferring to Humboldt State University to work on her Business degree. She and Steve married in 1997 and 2 years later had their first daughter, Emily, followed by their second daughter, Laura in 2003. Lisa has served in the church for over 15 years from nursery director, to teaching elementary thru high school Sunday School, AWANA and Vacation Bible school teacher and director. Today, she serves Grace Community Church as part-time secretary, and she and Steve serve together as the youth group activities leaders. She has also home schooled Emily and Laura for the past 5 years. Lisa and Steve will celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary in June this year. Lisa enjoys time with her family, Bible study, gardening, beach combing, hiking, running half-marathons, and cake decorating. Life verses: Romans 12:2 "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will" and Romans 8:28 "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."