Steve Knisely and his family came to Chester in 1999 after working in the country of Nepal in rural community development programs. Steve is originally from Pennsylvania and his wife, Karen, from Hanover, NH. They have two children. The oldest, a son and his wife, with their children live in Andover, VT and are farm managers for Abundance Acres, a non-profit ministry that seeks to renew lives and cultivate relationships. Their daughter currently works with a local Head Start Program. Steve also works as a clinical social worker while Karen works at the local elementary school.
Daryl and Kathy Jo Martens are natives of the Chester-Andover area. Both have been active in the Andover church since childhood, both committing their lives to Christ in their teen years. Married in 1982, they have been blessed with five children, and one daughter-in-law. All are now adults and attend ACC. In addition to serving as pastor, Daryl works full time at the family lumber mill. Kathy Jo serves in various capacities at the church, as well as being involved with the mill, and in the community.
Daryl and Steve were ordained as pastors of the Andover Community Church on October 5, 2008.