SHANE ANDERSON (B.A., M.Div.) (Doctor of Ministry projected completion: 2016)
Senior Pastor Shane Anderson came to us in 2004 from Washington state where he pastored in Everett, Lake Stevens and Tacoma over the previous 10 years. He graduated with a degree in Theology from Walla Walla College in Washington, and a Masters of Divinity from Andrews University in Michigan.
Pastor Shane is thrilled to be married to his wife Darlene for the last 19 years and has been massively blessed by his two young daughters, Sierra (14) and Ellie (10). In his spare time, he may tinker with cars, drive in amateur motorsport events, go mountain biking, play sports (particularly basketball), or read.
Pastor Shane wants to know Jesus better each day and live in the center of God's will. He has a deep passion for the Adventist Church and its unique message and calling in these, the last days of earth's history. It is his hope that he will see God's work on earth finished during his lifetime, and he is committed to doing whatever God's Spirit guides him to do to see that happen.
BUZ MENHARDT (B.A., M.Div.)
Associate Pastor Buz Menhardt and his family bring a special focus to reaching youth, demonstrated by the youth-centered ministry he initiated several years ago, called FLAG Camp—Fun Learning About God. Academy-age youth were trained as counselors to lead children of elementary school age in engaging activities for a week during the summer in selected communities around the Potomac conference. Subsequently, it has become a popular ministry in other areas, too.
Buz met Kelly Stebbins here when she was Girls’ Dean at Shenandoah Valley Academy in the ’90s. Here is a brief window into their lives in the interim in Buz’s own words:
“Several years ago our family left New Market and moved to Berrien Springs, Mich. where I became the Youth Pastor at Pioneer Memorial Church, at Andrews University. We enjoyed our 5 year stay, which was highlighted by the birth of our daughter and working on the Net ’98 evangelism team.
In the spring of 2000 we moved to Mt. Pisgah Academy, in Candler, NC, to pastor the Academy Church. Our children: Brock, Boone, and Skyler, attended Asheville Pisgah Christian School where my wife Kelly, worked as PE, Math, and Art, teacher.
And now we are back again with family and friends in a beautiful community we love."
REED RICHARDI (B.A., M.Div.)
Pastor Reed is a valley native and has returned to New Market once again to follow God's call and help others do the same. Pastor Reed joined our leadership team in January of 2013. He is Pastor for Evangelism and Outreach and leads out in our growing house church network here in the Shenandoah Valley. Pastor Reed's passion for house church ministry is strong and has been recognized internationally through invitations to teach about house churches in the U.S., England, and Canada. Reed, his wife Jade, and their two children are a very welcome addition to our ministry here in the valley.
MAIDA COPP (B.S.)
Maida D. Copp, Administrative Assistant at the New Market SDA Church, was born in Perth Amboy, NJ. She was raised in Puerto Rico where she attended high school. She graduated from Southern Adventist University with a BS in Business and Office Administration and has worked at the church since 2007.