Ministry Staff

 

Anchul Axelrod
Pastor

Eclectic: deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources.

Eclectic definitively describes Pastor Anchul’s (Pronounced On-chull) decorating sense, life and ministry. Born and raised Jewish, Anchul celebrated his bar mitzvah at thirteen. Even throughout his younger years, music played a leading role in his life. Picking up his first guitar at 6 and piano at 8, his desire to pursue a career in music continued on right through college, as he attended Berklee College of Music where he majored in Music Production and Audio Engineering and minored in composition and arranging.

Following Berklee, Pastor Anchul spent a little over five years touring the world working with such groups as Kiss, Tom Petty, Boston, Tonya Tucker, Meatloaf and even Chubby Checker. But all that was about to change.

After marrying Ginny, he decided to retire from touring and moving to Daytona Beach FL. It was there, that he was asked to fix his first church sound system. He has been in the church and in the ministry ever since.

Pastor Anchul found Christ in, what he likes to describe, a tongue talking, bible thumping, non-denominational church.  A few years later, he accepted his first full time ministry position at Riverbend Community Church. Seven additional churches finally led him to Blue Ridge Church.  Technology helps word get heard copy

Pastor Anchul’s passion is connecting people to God and to one another. You can always hear him saying, “The gospel is simple. Loving God and loving people.” Anchul is married to Ginny who he calls his ministry partner. He has three beautiful daughters, two cats and a dog, daisy, who often is sitting in his lap while he writes sermons. You can contact Anchul at Anchul@blueridgechurch.org.

 

Kevin 01Kevin Hershberger
Director of Worship Arts

Kevin has a heart & passion for worshiping the one true God and leading others in the same. Educated at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Oral Roberts University with a strong piano and vocal background, Kevin derives great joy from causing worshippers to get an “ear loop” of a worship song during the daily grind of the week. He has sung with the Kansas City Symphony Chorus for over 20 years, been a Dickens Caroler for almost that and occasionally does some musical theatre.

Nothing we say or do will make God love us any more; nothing we say or do will make God love us any less. May we worship the one true God in response to that great, great love. You can contact Kevin at KevinHershberger@blueridgechurch.org

 


Emily Trapp 02Emily Trapp
Accompanist/Worship Soloist

Emily M. Trapp is a recent Masters of Arts graduate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City under the instruction of Jane Solose, Robert Weirich, and Diane Helfers-Petrella. She received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Music (Piano Performance/Pedagogy) from Goshen College (Goshen, IN) while studying with Matthew Hill and Beverly Lapp. She is currently serving as an Instructor of Piano at the Northland Cathedral School of Music in North Kansas City and the French & Music House, located in the Westport district. Emily is an active worship soloist (piano/voice) at Blue Ridge Boulevard United Methodist Church in Raytown and is the Pre-Collegiate Competitions Chair for the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). She also accompanies the High Mass services at St. Pius X High School and at St. Gabriel the Archangel in North Kansas City.

Previously, she served as a Keyboard Skills Division Graduate Assistant at UMKC, where she taught in both group and private lesson settings. Recent accolades have included first prize in the Missouri Music Teachers Association’s Collegiate (Graduate) Honors Auditions held at the University of Missouri-Columbia in November 2014. She was a previous participant in the Schlern International Music Festival (Völs am Schlern, Italy, 2013) and was selected as a soloist in Goshen College’s Concerto/Aria Competition, performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major in February 2011.

In addition to performing and teaching, research also stands at the forefront of her musical training. She was a co-presenter at the Music Teachers National Association Piano Pedagogy Symposium in Provo, Utah (2013) on the topic of score interpretation as it relates to Beethoven’s Bagatelles. Additionally, she has researched the role of the piano duet and piano duo in the context of chamber music and undergraduate curriculum in piano proficiency standards according the National Association of Schools of Music standards.

Outside of music, Emily has taught beginning English skills to students at the Duo Wei Foriegn Language School in Langzhong (Sichuan), China as a part of Goshen College’s Study-Service Term in Fall 2011. She also enjoys volunteering in and around her local communities and has served as an intern through the Goshen College Community School of the Arts and the Snowman Foundation (Portland, OR). While away from the keyboard, she enjoys reading, being outdoors, traveling, and her fox terrier, Lucy.