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 two children, Leyton and Launa.
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."
Children's Ministry Director
Kendall Smith is the Children’s Ministry Director at New Anthem Community Church. She has been married to Joel for 11 years, and together they have Oliver (6), Lily (5), and Brahm, (2).
Kendall has 9 years of teaching experience at the elementary and preschool levels. The past few years she has enjoyed being at home with the kids, as well as helping Joel run their Photobooth business.
“I grew up as a Pastor’s Kid (the dreaded PK!). My family helped plant several new churches. Once Grace Community Church in Newton began planting churches, we knew we wanted to be a part of that. We coordinated the Children’s Ministry at Grace Hillsboro, and once our time there was completed, we were excited to be a part of what God is doing in Park City. I love to see children excited about God, learning how much He loves them, and discovering His plan for their lives!”
Shelby Sparks is the Worship Leader at New Anthem. He is a perfect example of the old phrase (which New Anthem has adopted) “We don’t call the trained, we train the called.”
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
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.
I am currently 21, from Moundridge, and the second oldest of 5 siblings. If I am not working at New Anthem you can find me volunteering with the Moundridge EMS or studying at Central Christian College.