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 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 has also 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. 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.
Associate Pastor Lee Solomon
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.
Worship Pastor Chris 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!
Associate Pastor Sam Benson
Dr. Sam Benson and his wife Cheri have been in ministry for over 50 years.
They have led several congregations through major expansions and today
they are more excited about the future than ever before.
Pastor Nate and his wife Kimberlie are lead pastors of Judah Church in
Puyallup, WA. Pastor Matt and his wife Tina pastor Resurrection Church in Billings, MT. Working together is an important aspect of family life. “Building your family, building your future” is a major theme of their teaching and vision.
Sam uses inspired preaching to stir the hearts of his audiences to
purposed-filled action. He is a pastor, evangelist and missionary evangelist. He frequently speaks in churches and business and ministry organizations. Sam began preaching the Gospel in 1967 and has traveled to the nations of the world with his message.
Cheri is an insightful teacher of the Scriptures, entrepreneur and a certified Life Coach. She is in demand as a women's conference speaker and is a mentor to business and ministry professionals.
On January 21, 2001 at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., Pastor Sam was awarded the Ecclesiastical Degree of Doctor of Divinity (DD). This degree was conferred by the Mid-Atlantic Conference of the Methodist-Episcopal Church and the National Clergy Council.
Associate Pastor Orin Wiseman
Orin Wiseman moved to The Villages in the summer of 2017. He has been a member of non-denominational churches for 34 years and has served as a trustee, advisory board member, and worship team musician. More recently, Orin was a volunteer chaplain and lay care ministry team member at an EFCA church in Wisconsin, and trained and served as a resident hospital chaplain after God called him into full-time ministry in 2013.
Orin and Ruth have been married for 33 years, have a daughter in Tennessee and a son who resides in Heaven. Orin is a graduate of Liberty University with a degree in accounting, and of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. His vocational history includes the travel industry, aviation, retail management, and accounting fields. Ruth has a 30-year background in special education and program management, and residential care facility executive leadership.
Throughout their lives and in their work, Orin and Ruth have felt called to minister to those facing life’s challenges and crises. They have lived in Florida, Tennessee, and Wisconsin, and in returning to Florida, they are now back home.
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.