Jay Knolls

Jay Knolls

Jay Knolls was born in Milford, Delaware in 1970,  the youngest of five children.  He came to know Christ as his personal Savior when he was nine years old at a small Nazarene Church in Maryland. When he was 12, he followed the Lord in believer’s baptism. Because he grew up being taught the fallacy of sinless perfection, he struggled with his relationship with God during his high school years. While he felt the call to ministry when he was 16 years old, he didn’t follow that call because he knew he wasn’t sinless as he believed one needed to be to serve in ministry.

After high school graduation Jay attended the University of Delaware for his freshman year before transferring to Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland. He graduated with a degree in Respiratory Therapy from Salisbury in 1992. He entered the health care industry right after graduation and began working in Dover, Delaware.

Jay married Michelle Van Ness in January of 1995. The summer after they were married they moved to Vermont where Michelle attended the University of Vermont for graduate school. Jay took a job at the local hospital and worked his way into an administrative position. He had the privilege of serving as the Director of Clinical Education for four years. While they were in Vermont they attended Trinity Baptist Church which is where they were attending when the Lord called them into fulltime vocational ministry. God did an amazing work in their lives while they were at Trinity.

Following the Lord’s leading, the Knolls moved to Lansdale, Pennsylvania where Jay attended Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary. After finishing his MDiv, they moved to Orlando, Florida where Jay served as youth pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Winter Garden. After two years as youth pastor, he was asked to serve as the Discipleship Pastor. When the senior pastor resigned, he was named Interim Senior Pastor. The Knolls served at Calvary for four years before the Lord called them back to Trinity Baptist Church in Vermont to pastor.

After five years of ministry in Vermont, in 2011, God brought their family to Grace Baptist in Wilmington.  Jay served as Discipleship Pastor for the first two years, and in the fall of 2013, the church voted for him to become the Senior Pastor.  In the spring of 2014 Jay earned his doctorate in ministry.  He is a dynamic preacher of the Word of God and a compassionate, caring pastor.

Brent Brondyke

Brent Brondyke 2Brent Brondyke is the music minister and children’s ministries’ director at Friendship Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC. He has been in full-time vocational ministry for over 25 years. Along with his wife Debi, they have served in North Carolina for the last 20 years, first in Rocky Mount at Falls Road Baptist Church and School for 18 years, and now at Friendship for the last two. The Brondykes have two grown sons who are faithfully serving the Lord.
The ministry of The Anchorage has long been important to the Brondykes as their boys attended camp and later worked here. Mr. Brondyke has spoken at the men’s retreat and tries to find any excuse possible to stop by for a visit. The Brondykes enjoy various fitness activities in their free time, including the occasional “Gator Run” along the banks of the Lake Waccamaw canal.

Aaron Boyce

Aaron BoyceI grew up in Spartanburg, South Carolina, in a very churched, Christian home. When I was 5 or 6 years old, I made a profession of faith in Jesus as my Savior. However, I don’t think I realized the extent of my sinful heart at that age and by the age of 7 knew that I had not submitted to Jesus as Lord. After fighting the Lord for 7 years, I finally submitted to and trusted in Christ to save me from my sins. After graduating from high school, I began working summers at Northland Camp in Dunbar, Wisconsin. It was there that God used His word and the people to grow me in my understanding of my union with Christ and how the gospel is for the “saved” and “unsaved” alike–that knowing our position in Christ and understanding His grace extended to us through the gospel is the only way to grow in sanctification. After graduating from Bob Jones University with a major in Bible, I traveled for a time on the Frazor Evangelistic Team and worked mainly with the Children and Teen programs. I then attended Northland International University, working as a Graduate Assistant with Northland Camp and completing a Master’s Degree in Biblical Studies. Currently, I do administrative work for 4theGospel ministries headed up by Will Galkin and travel with his evangelistic team. I have a specific burden that people know the futility of life outside of a relationship with Christ and that our only hope and satisfaction in life and death is knowing that we belong to Him.

Debi Pryde


Debi Pryde 2Debi and her husband are active members of Lighthouse Baptist Church in La Verne, California. She accepted Christ as her Savior at a young age of 5 years old. Debi and her husband, Tom, have been married for 42 years . Together they have 2 children, Thomas and Michelle, along with 8 grandchildren. Debi has been teaching various ladies’ Bible classes and speaking for ladies’ groups for over 30 years. Her greatest burden is for the problems Christian families face today, and her greatest love is ministering to women who have a heart for their families and children. To learn more about the speaker, visit her website at www.debipryde.com.

Jonathan Washer

Jonathan Washer PicJonathan was born in Togo, West Africa and was saved as a young boy. He surrendered his life to the Lord for ministry when he was a senior in high school. Jonathan met his wife Emily at BJU where he received a BA in Bible Evangelism. After graduating in 2006, Jonathan served the Lord as a youth pastor at Westgate Baptist Church in Spartanburg, SC before the Lord called him to join National Hoops Ministries. Jonathan serves as the coordinator for the NH League program as well as the evangelist for a division of National Hoops called National Goals, which uses a similar program to take the Gospel to soccer players. He also serves as a speaker at and coordinator for the National Hoops Camp.

Men’s Retreat 2013

black white blue logoWe praise the Lord for a successful weekend. Though check-in time was rainy and messy, things cleared up for a nice Saturday to end the retreat with. The 38 men in attendance enjoyed a fajita bar Friday night, maple bacon donuts as the highlight for breakfast, and of course the pig pickin’ for lunch, courtesy of Roby McPherson (member of Victory Baptist Church in Whiteville). Activities involved target practice with the potato gun on the back field, lawn games such as corn hole and kubb, 9 square in the air, among other things. We especially appreciated the ministry of Dr. Fred Moritz as our speaker for this year. Below are a few pictures to sum up the weekend. Enjoy! Continue reading