Mike was born in Nebraska; was raised in Virginia; went to college in North Carolina and Kentucky; married his college sweetheart, Landra Martin. He has three kids (Jessica, Kristen & Nathan) and two grandchildren (as of right now); he joined the United States Marine Corps right out of high school; has ministered for more than 35 years in North Carolina, Ohio & Virginia … But most of all, he loves his life, his family, and the church!
E.L. Jones is one of the preaching ministers at Compass. He and his wife Christie are local to the area and both share a passion to reach their community and direct them towards Jesus Christ. Our vision is to make an impact in others lives, by living for Jesus in ours. We hope Compass can be a place that helps introduce people to a life of hope found in Jesus Christ and a life of community found with other believers.
DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES
Lauren was born and raised in Mechanicsville and has attended and served on staff at both Fairmount Christian Church and Pole Green Church of Christ. She loves working with kids and ministering to them, but always puts an emphasis on ministry at home with her husband Larry and two children: Virginia and Charlie. Her hobbies include music: singing, playing piano or guitar along with eating a good meal! She’s definitely a foodie at heart!
DIRECTOR OF STUDENT MINISTRIES
Heather is happily married to her high school sweet heart, Brandon and is mother to an amazing, compassionate, adventurous 5 year old Zoey. She is passionate about studying God's Word and teaching truth!
Hobbies include running, wakeboarding, snowboarding, and obstacle course racing! She has participated and placed in several 24 hour OCR events- including WORLDS TOUGHEST MUDDER in 2014 and 2016, Australia's True Grit Enduro 24hr race in 2017, and Spartan's first 24 Ultra in Iceland 2017.
Tonya grew up here in Mechanicsville and attended Lee Davis and Atlee High School. She is married to Kevin Layell and has three children: Mikayla (married), Madelyn and Caleb (teen twins). In addition to serving as our part-time secretary, she homeschools her children and volunteers on the board of Arete Christian Homeschool Cooperative. Her hobbies are reading, ballroom dancing, and doing laundry.
Tori is our in-house graphic designer and social media person. She is a Mechanicsville native and grew up attending one of our sister churches and graduated from Hanover High School. She is the voice behind our online presence and works with our staff to promote our different events. She also heads up our Welcome Team, so come say “hi” on Sunday morning. Tori loves art, singing, and spending time with friends, and at any given she would much rather be at the beach.