Matt Ennis

Chaplain and Executive Director

Matt Ennis joined Anchor House in January, 2022. A Manatee County resident for 25 years, Ennis says, “It is an honor to be called to serve a ministry that has a global and local impact.” Matt has been married to Julie Schazberg Ennis for 17 years.  Julie is a manager with the rehabilitation department with Sarasota Memorial Hospital. The Lord has blessed them with two wonderful children Jackson (14) and Abby (11).  The Ennis Family worships at Westside Christian Church where Julie and Jackson are members of the worship team, Abby is a student leader with children’s worship and Matt serves as an Elder.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Louisiana State University and completed a graduate program in Christian Ministry from Johnson University.

Trish Alligood

Chaplain and General Manager

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.


Celebrating 25 years of Service to Anchor House

Thank you Trish Alligood

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NAMMA Distinguished Service Award Conversation video   

Rev. Alan Howe


Rev. Alan Howe, Chaplain, is ordained by the United Methodist Church and served churches in the Upper New York Conference for 41 years. Alan and his wife, Louise, have four children and one grandson. Alan brings a heart for mission and service in the name of the Lord. He joined Anchor House as a volunteer in 2018.  Please keep all of us in your prayers.

Anchor House Volunteers

Anchor House Mission depends upon our volunteers.  They supply the energy needed to provide our services to the seafarers and port workers.  Volunteers come in all sorts of ages and backgrounds.  A high schooler edits and formats the bi-monthly newsletter; retirees staff the center during the day;  youth groups pack seafarers’ ditty bags; church service organizations sew ditty bags and knit or crochet watch caps.