Landon Jordan moved to Park City in August of 2013 to plant New Anthem Community Church. He has been married to Laura since 2009, and has three children, Leyton, Launa and Lynnie.
Landon’s professional background was in teaching and coaching, and prior to launching New Anthem, Landon ran a successful business in Newton. Landon was assessed in 2012 as a candidate for church planting, and completed a church planting residency program the following year. Landon’s primary responsibilities include preaching, leadership development, and providing directional leadership for the church--all by God’s grace.
"My path into pastoral ministry wasn’t as straight-forward as I would’ve thought it would be. I always wanted to be a fighter in the UFC and when I knew that could never work because of my disdain for being punched in the face, I pursued a coaching career. Eventually God just grabbed ahold of my heart and said, “No, you’re going to be a pastor.” I remember reading a quote by a coach that said, “My fear is not failure. My fear is succeeding at something that doesn’t matter.” And God used something as simple as that to change my life. As hard as it was for me to admit that basketball wasn’t God’s plan for the redemption of man, I finally acknowledged it, and allowed Him to use me as a tool to make His name famous. My life verse has become Ephesians 3:20-21. “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen."
I’m incredibly thankful for a beautiful, capable, and understanding wife, who has struggled, submitted, and encouraged me on this path."
Worship/small Groups pastor
Shelby Sparks has been leading worship for New Anthem for 3 years, and is also interning as our small groups pastor. Shelby received his bachelor's in Ministry from Central Christian. Originally from Moundridge, Shelby now lives in Newton and works for Children's Mercy in Wichita.
"This quote from A.W. Tozer has changed my life: “What you think about God is the most important thing about you.” I try to remind myself of who God is and what He has meant to my life constantly.
"I am passionate about music, and I want to portray what I think about God through the music you hear on a Sunday morning. My mission during this time is to get the congregation to think about God. It is not about me or the band on stage. It is about the body of Christ coming together to worship our Creator. I feel like Christ has called me to lead worship, and I love serving him in this way.
Cheri Busenitz is New Anthem's Events and Volunteer Coordinator. She also oversees children's ministries and a variety of other duties for New Anthem. Cheri has been married to Greg Busenitz since 2003; they have two children, Brendan and Krista. She also coaches volleyball and teaches PE at Berean Academy.
"When I was 17 years old, serving on a mission trip, my passion for serving God wholeheartedly was ignited. It was in that moment that I knew my life would be worth nothing unless I pursued using my gifts and skills in full time ministry (Acts 20:24). After several summers in Christian camping in Alaska, Greg and I were married, and we worked 5 years in camp ministry in Michigan.
"After having children, we moved to Kansas so I could stay at home and raise our children. I stayed heavily involved in church ministry with Grace Community Church in Newton; now, with kids in school, I felt God calling me back into vocational ministry. I thoroughly enjoy my role at New Anthem. I love the variety of challenges and ways I serve our church family!"
Jill Achilles has been serving at New Anthem Church since its inception. With a degree in Business Administration and a background in accounting and finance management, Jill enjoys keeping church logistics operating smoothly.
If she's not working for church, you can find Jill coordinating events at the YMCA and working with Educatius, a foreign exchange student organization.
Travis and Jill Achilles are high school sweethearts and were married in 2008 and are raising four children, James, Kaylee, and William, with one on the way. Jill's hobbies include family time, napping, "I really love to sleep!," reading, and spending time camping in Colorado.