About the MinistryThe mission of Anchor House, Inc. is to reach out to any and all international seafarers, truckers, and the community at Port Manatee, Florida. Motivated by the command of Jesus Christ to love your neighbor as yourself, Anchor House seeks to meet all physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the Port community regardless of their race, gender, country of origin, or religious preference. JoinGive
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Anchor House works collaboratively with other seafarer centers around the globe and is an active member of the North American Maritime Ministry Association. Anchor House is also an active member of Port Ministries International. Seafarers’ missions are very aware of the value of working together to meet seafarer’s needs, because the time they are in port is often very short and the needs are frequently serious. So, maintaining communication and collaboration with other port chaplains/centers is primary.
Did you know?
Did you know that it takes 1.6 million seafarers to man the ships that bring us billions of dollars of products each year. In fact, almost 90% of products we use come to us some how across the sea. These seafarers sign on to work on board the ships for 8 months at a time. That means they are away from home the whole 8 months. A seafarers center like ours provides, friendship, free internet, so they can call home, and transportation services to take the seafarers shopping for their families. It is also a safe place to share some of the challenges they face in everyday life on board a merchant ship. We need your help to continue to serve the thousands of seafarers we see each year. Contact us to find out how you can help make life better for a seafarer.
Rev. Richard Lewman
The Anchor House Mission is pleased to welcome Rev. Richard Lewman as our new Executive Director/Chaplain. He is ordained by the Southern Baptist Convention, and has also led Mennonite and non-denominational churches. Rich hails from eastern Pennsylvania. He and his wife of 41 years have one son who lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and two young children. He brings leadership skills from 35 years as a pastor, business leader and teacher. Rich joined us in December as Tim retired. Please keep all of us in your prayers.
Married 42 years to Michael Alligood. They have 3 children and 5 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Born in Jacksonville on a naval base, and moved around until she was 12 and then settled in Florida. Anchor House, Inc. is a mission to the men and women of the seas, the truckers and the port community. Joined Anchor House in the fall of 1994 as a volunteer on cruise ship days. At the end of 1995 in obedience to the Lord, she gave up a cleaning business and worked at Anchor House full time with a small salary of $50 a week. October 1, 2006, she was commissioned as a missionary for the North American Mission Board, Mission Service Corp. September 07, 2010, after taking chaplaincy training, she was commissioned Community Services Chaplain by the North American Mission Board. Was certified with the Florida Baptists as a Chaplain and continues education through Leavell College, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
“They’ve got probably 30 different Bibles in 30 different languages. They’re able to give them the Bible intheir languages. They give them computer access to talk to their families at home, take them into town to go shopping, help them with their families”