Two New Pastors Welcomed to AnchorPointe

On the first Sabbath of the new year, pastors Steve Leddy and Matthew Gamble met each other and the many members of their new spiritual community, AnchorPointe, for the first time.

Steve has successfully planted three new Seventh-day Adventist congregations in the Midwest. His primary role over the next six to nine months will be to train AnchorPointe members and support Matthew in transition to new leadership. Then Steve will move on to plant yet another new church in Washington Conference. He and his wife Melissa live in Auburn with their three children.

Matthew and his wife Susan are committed to AnchorPointe indefinitely. Although Matthew turned to atheism at age 14 while attending Catholic school, his life is evidence that God works in mysterious ways. Eventually exhausted and weakened from multiple addictions, he was loved to Christ among Caribbean members of the Berea church in St. Augustine, Fla. He went on to earn an undergraduate theology degree at Andrews University before pastoring in Washington Conference and preaching in countries around the world. He returns to Washington after earning his master of divinity degree.

“It did not take me long after arriving at AnchorPointe to see the dedication of the people that make up this company. I have hardly ever seen so much commitment to one cause,” said Matthew. “As some weeks passed, I felt more and more convicted that God has raised up this body of believers to be nothing less than a church of significance here in Seattle. As we are growing together, the vision is coming into focus. God is working here in Seattle, and we are excited about joining Him in this endeavor.” •

May 01, 2003 / Washington Conference