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[steve & dawn Hassell]

Pastor Steve Hassell served on the pastoral staff at Community Church, Western Branch Campus in Chesapeake, Virginia for over 25 years. During those years, he served as a Zone Pastor, Elder, and Lead Pastor of the Young Adult Ministry, Compass. He held other positions such as the Director of Operations, Director of the Community Group Network and Technical Arts Pastor. Pastor Steve also serves as the Captain of the Chaplains’ Unit for the Portsmouth Police Department. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies and a Master of Arts in Practical Ministry from Freedom Bible College and Seminary. Pastor Steve is ordained through the Acts 2 Network.

In 2016, Pastor Steve left Community Church and began a journey together with his wife, Dawn to plant and launch Thrive Church.  They have a vision to help people thrive and become everything God intended for them to be.

Pastor Steve and Dawn have been married for over 38 years. They have 2 adult children, Travis and Megan and currently have 2 grandchildren. They also have a dog named Roxy who is a big part of their lives these days.

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Pastor Jon serves as the Executive Pastor at Thrive. Jon and Johnna have a heart for small groups, and have been servant leaders of a small group for over ten years. Johnna serves on the AVL Team, running presentations, and also steps right into almost any area she is called to help serve. Jon is an Ordination Candidate through the Acts 2 Network.

Jon and Johnna first met in 1984 and married in Portsmouth in 1986. They helped raise a nephew, and have a heart for broken and blended families, as well as families hurt by substance abuse. Thrive Church partners with Mercy Drops, and Jon and Johnna consider it a privilege to reach out to people who are homeless in Portsmouth.

Jon has worked in the broadcast industry since 1984, first in radio, then in television. Currently a producer/director at WTVZ channel 33, he is an admitted “tech-head” who also loves music. He has played the saxophone and keyboards since childhood. Johnna is a licensed practical nurse with  Gastro-Intestinal and Liver Specialists of Tidewater. She loves sewing, especially creating quilts.

Jon and Johnna have always had pets. The current menagerie includes two dachshunds, Roscoe and Penny, and two Siamese-mix cats named Missy and Prissy. As with all pet lovers, their time at home together is spent in part catering to and spoiling their critters!

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Pastor Jay is our Facilities manager and Holly is the church Executive Assistant. Jay and Holly have served in a variety of areas for 20 years as well as leading small groups. Pastor Jay received his ordination in 1997 through the PFWB Church and is currently ordained through the Acts 2 Network. He also has a bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia and has worked for Newport News Shipbuilding since 1985. Holly has served on several church administrative staffs since 1990.

Jay and Holly were married in June of 1982 in Richmond, Virginia. They have two daughters, one son, two grandsons and one granddaughter. They enjoy spending time with family and friends, spoiling their grandchildren and traveling.

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Pastor Pat oversees the Thrive Group Ministry, and Karen provides leadership to the Welcome Team. Pat and Karen have experience with and a passion for developing Biblical community by incorporating the support and spiritual growth that can only be found by connecting with one another through a strong, healthy, and growing small group ministry. It’s not just Bible study. Jesus modeled this ministry principle with His disciples. He taught and prayed with them, ate with them, talked to them. He developed friendships with them to the point He told them, “no longer do I call you servants, but I call you friends.”

Pastor Pat earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Pastoral Ministry from Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary. He is ordained by the Acts 2 Network.

Pastor Pat and Karen were married in April, 2002 in Pat’s hometown of Edenton, NC. Together they have four daughters and one son, nine granddaughters and two grandsons. They enjoy spending time with friends around a campfire, as well as traveling. 

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[Dewayne & Debbie Lambert]

Pastor Dewayne oversees the outreach ministry at Thrive Church. He and his wife Debbie have a passion and calling to connect with people that might not find their way into the church building. At Thrive, the goal is to reach out to everyone and share the love of Jesus with them. The mission field is right here in our own back yard! Partnering with Mercy Drops to serve the homeless, working on establishing a Christ-centered recovery program, and reaching out to everyone from bikers to business men and women are a few of the things that drive Dewayne and Debbie. To them, the very heart of outreach is the compassion they feel for those who don't yet know Christ.

Pastor Dewayne is ordained with the Acts 2 Network.

He and Debbie were high school sweethearts and have been married since April of 1983. They have two sons, and two little dogs that are way too spoiled. They also enjoy camping, and spending time on the motorcycle. They both are part of a motorcycle ministry called Bikers For Christ.

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[David “Rabbit” and Caroline Barnes]

Rabbit and Caroline met while serving in the Navy, beginning over four decades of their marriage adventure. Rabbit is a welder at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Caroline is now a Nurse Informaticist and has worked for years with the military’s health system. Rabbit was ordained and licensed as a minister in 1997 after sitting under the discipleship of two incredible, Godly mentors, Pastor Dean and Shirley Harvey. Rabbit and Caroline have served in numerous Christian organizations including several home ministries, Christ is the Answer, Youth with a Mission, Agape Force, Teen Mania, Institute in Basic Youth Conflicts, Christian Motorcycle Association, Crown Financial, Financial Peace University, and others. They are very blessed with four adult children - Joshua, Jonathan, Micah, and Katrina. Rabbit’s gift is serving and teaching others; he is Thrive’s Pastoral Care/Discipleship Pastor. Caroline’s passion includes teaching, evangelism, and reaching out to the local community with her new Little Free Library that includes classics and other wholesome Christian child and adult materials. As to how David became ‘RevnRab’ - stop and ask them, it is a very funny story.