Pastor Chris Holck moved to The Villages in January of 2012 along with his wife, Kathleen to plant a new church. 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 a visionary leader and an expository preacher who brings application to each sermon. 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.
Rev. Chris Holck earned degrees at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Bethel Seminary and was ordained in the Evangelical Free Church of America in 1990. Prior to planting Live Oaks Community Church, he served three Evangelical Free Churches in Iowa and Minnesota between 1986-2007. His interest in older adult ministry was sparked while serving in his last church, which was located in a resort area and had a high percentage of older adults.
In 2008, he conducted a sabbatical study for the Evangelical Free Church of America. Out of that study, a new ministry was birthed called EFCA Encore. His study allowed him to travel extensively, building a network of contacts as well as to consult, speak and write articles, seeking to assist local churches to become innovators in the new paradigm of older adult ministries. Chris served as the Director of EFCA Encore for four years and now has his own organization called Encore Generation Inc., which seeks to assist churches, Christian leaders and Christian ministries in how to better understand and reach the next generation of older adults.
Chris has led Live Oaks Community Church for five years and they have grown from 4 to an average attendance of over 400. They are building a new campus which will open in July 2017 and eventually be shared with a continuing care retirement community called Trinity Springs. He wrote a book chronicling the growth of Live Oaks Community Church in 2016 titled, Play Hard! Pray Hard! Finish Well! The book also illustrates principles learned and applied in the area of reaching and unleashing Boomers for the cause of Christ.
Chris and Kathleen have been married for 38 years and have three married children and five grandchildren. They enjoy travel, golf, friends, dining out and a good cup of coffee. Since moving to The Villages, Chris has renewed his interest in softball, reinforced his flawed swing techniques in golf and fully embraced the game of pickleball.
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.as.
In 2009 Bob was widowed as the Lord called unto Himself his beloved wife of 41 years, Linda. On December 31, 2015, he was blessed by God in marrying Vickie Hubbard, whom he met through Live Oaks Church. Bob has 3 children and 5 grandchildren who are scattered throughout the midwest. 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 Villages, golf and walking have become his primary activities of choice, along with enjoying gatherings with Vickie’s family, most of whom live nearby.
Lee Solomon served as a pastor in The Brethren Church for 24 years. For the past 20 years Lee served at Ashland Theological Seminary as Vice President and Associate Professor in practical theology. During his years at Ashland Seminary, Lee also worked as a church consultant, serving 12 different congregations. Lee earned both a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Ashland Theological Seminary in Ohio.
Lee and Jane (high school sweethearts) have been married 44 years. Jane had a wonderful 42 year career as an elementary teacher. They have one son and two beautiful granddaughters. Both have a passion for using their God given gifts in serving the local community and the Live Oaks Community Church.
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.
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!
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!