PASTORAL TEAM

Randal & Shelly Quackenbush

Lead Pastor

Randal and Shelly met as members of their college choir and quickly fell in love. Both sensed a call to music ministry, which led to them studying music at Evangel University in Springfield, MO. Shelly studied voice and Randal focused on piano performance and choral conducting. After they “tied the knot,” they began serving in music ministry in Colorado Springs, CO. Over the next 27 years they served in five churches, the last 20 in two churches, Capital Christian Center in Sacramento, CA and James River Church in Ozark, MO. The joy of their life, however, was and is the three daughters, Elise, Lauren, and Aubrey, that blessed their home. Now, a son-in-law Ryan Seler and granddaughters, Rosie James and Remi Lee, add to their joy. As a doctoral student at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Randal developed a burden for the people of Boston, including students in area music colleges. Over the course of several years, their calling crystalized, which led to them planting Anchor Church on a snowy February evening in 2013. They love pastoring this vibrant community of young professionals, students, and families. Randal’s hobbies include biking, boating, golf, and following various sports teams. 

Ryan & Lauren Seler

Associate Pastor

Ryan Seler, serving as Associate Pastor, leads our Crew small group ministry, spearheads leadership development, is a part of the teaching team, and partners in the music and production teams of Anchor Church. Ryan is a native of Massachusetts and has served at Anchor Church since it opened in February of 2013. He graduated from the University of Valley Forge in 2011 with a Bachelor degree in Church Music. In 2020, he graduated from Regent University with a Masters in Business Leadership. He teaches college-level leadership courses and, in his spare time, enjoys cheering on all Boston sport teams. He, his wife Lauren (who works in wealth management), and daughter Rosie live in Malden and love being a part of the community of Anchor Church. 

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Jeff Palmer

A native of the Midwest and now a New Englander, Jeff has a passion for helping others grow in their relationship with God and has a heart for community. In his day job, Jeff serves as a First Vice President, Financial Advisor, and Senior Portfolio Manager with The Pathak Group at Morgan Stanley, where he specializes in Portfolio Management and wealth management for clients in the healthcare field, retirees, and entrepreneurs. He and his wife Anna live in Dedham, MA with their son Lawton. Jeff enjoys outdoor activities, live music, cooking, and various sports. 

Andrew Gray 

A proud native Texan and now resident Bostonian, Andrew has a passion for traveling the world with his wife, Megan, while they explore the beauty that is the Lord’s creation. While not traveling, Andrew enjoys volunteering at many of Boston’s local community outreach and underprivileged shelters – many of which are supported by the United Way, where he is actively involved. Andrew has spent his career in commercial real estate finance, and is currently on the capital markets team at HFF, LP.  Andrew also serves as Treasurer for Anchor Church, working alongside the CFO and Lead Pastor on the Anchor Finance Team. He and Megan met while both attending school at Texas Christian University and currently live in Marblehead with their first born, Bennett (their yellow Labrador Retriever). Andrew enjoys all things outdoors, constantly on the hunt for Boston’s best TexMex and prefers to spend his weekends watching TCU football.

Rob Barrett  

Born and raised in New Jersey, Rob has called Boston home since arriving in the city in 2006 to attend Boston University. During his time at BU, Rob was a part of the Chi Alpha Campus Ministries group both as a student and as a campus missions intern. After his time at BU, Rob has worked for a number of different non-profits in both the ministry and out-of-school time education fields. Currently he serves as a Senior Program Coach for the Boston Higher Education Resource Center, helping Boston High School students gain access to higher education and as a Field Teams Leader for Convoy of Hope, leading short term missions teams on trips to locations such as Haiti and Puerto Rico. Rob is excited to bring his experiences and passion for missions and outreach to Anchor’s Global Impact ministry. In his free time, Rob enjoys good coffee, traveling, and watching sports of all kinds, especially his BU Terriers.

Dave Lowe  

Dave Lowe and his wife Chanel became official members of Anchor Church in April 2020. Dave moved to Boston to pursue his master’s in business from the UMass Amherst Isenberg School of Management. Dave oversees legal operations for the Intellectual Property group at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and previously worked for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in the Pacific Northwest. 

Erika Smallwood

Bio coming soon!