Senior Pastor Chris Holck
Pastor Chris Holck moved to The Villages in January of 2012 along with his wife, Kathleen. They joined one other couple and after a series of informational meetings, the first worship service was held in February 2012.
It is not the first church planted by Pastor Chris but it is the first one specifically targeted for older adults. His skills and interests seem to be a perfect match for reaching the “Encore Generation” as he describes those who are in their second half of life, but not done yet. Chris is an expository preacher who brings application to each sermon and his mission is to guide older adults into living a purposeful and balanced second half of life that honors God. “If you’re not dead, you’re not done!, says Pastor Chris.
Associate Pastor Chris Bob Page
Pastor Bob Page came to Live Oaks Community Church in January 2013 after serving 37 years in pastoral ministry in the Evangelical Free Church, most recently as senior pastor in Crystal Lake, IL. He also has served the Free Church denomination as a district superintendent in the states of Nebraska and Kansas.
In 2009 Bob was widowed as the Lord called unto Himself his beloved wife of 41 years, Linda. He has 3 children and 5 grandchildren. He is a graduate of Kent State University with a degree in journalism and has both the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministries degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
Since moving to the active community of The Villages, golf, pickle ball and walking have become his participating sports of choice.
Worship Pastor Chis Atkins
Chris Atkins is a pastor, worship leader, singer-songwriter, speaker, teacher, and artist who has led worship and performed concerts throughout the United States and the world.
He has also spoken at conferences, served as a worship consultant to many churches, and taught worship at seminary level. Chris also authored the book “The Isaiah Encounter” that was recently published by Morgan James Publishing, New York. Chris and his wife, Terese now live in the Villages, where they love to host their children and grandchildren whenever they come to visit!
Church Administrator Paul Erdmann
Paul, and his wife Colleen, moved to The Villages on August 1, 2016 and assumed the part-time role of Administrator for Live Oaks Community Church.
Paul has a long history of lay service in local EFCA churches, EFCA District and EFCA National Boards. He also comes with many years of experience from owning a family business (Paullina Building Center in Paullina, IA) for almost 18 years and spending the last 15+ years serving as a missionary with Urban Impact Ministries in New Orleans, LA (COO/Business Manager June 2001 – November 2006) and currently with MissionNext (VP of Operations – January 2007 – present).
Colleen has served alongside her husband as a bookkeeper in their business, with Urban Impact Ministries and with MissionNext. Paul and Colleen have been married for 43 years and have 4 children and 4 beautiful grandchildren!
Ministries Coordinator Bill Lyon
Bill Lyon, Ministries Coordinator, joined the Live Oaks staff in July 2013 and was an integral part of the church’s leadership since the early days at the Waterfront Inn. Bill’s technical background and training made him the perfect candidate to coordinate the activities of the various volunteer team ministries within the church.
Bill and his wife Karen were involved in several church plants in the Seattle area. They were also involved in a church plant in Southern California, which is where they moved from in 2010. They have two sons and six grandchildren. One family lives in Texas and the other in Georgia.
Bill was born in Chicago so he still has an affinity for the Cubs and the Bears but he also roots for the Seahawks, having lived in the Seattle area for more than 13 years. However, his ‘favorite’ team is the San Diego Chargers where they lived for over 12 years (his golf cart color scheme would attest to his loyalty). Bill likes to golf but can also be found, a couple of times a week, playing softball for a variety of teams within The Villages.