Meet Our Leadership Team

Our Staff:

Brian Carlson - Lead Pastor

A teacher by trade, Brian began working at The Harbor full time in 2015 after 10 years of teaching math in public schools on the North Shore. Brian grew up in Connecticut, but has spent all of his adult life in Massachusetts, where he moved to study, first at Gordon College and later at Gordon Conwell.

Brian and his wife, Jade, have three kids. They love exploring the outdoors together and are working on visiting all of the Trustees of the Reservations properties in Massachusetts, and they adore the North Shore. Brian is a lover of sports, a novice bird watcher, and a foodie wannabe. His passion is to see people encounter Jesus and have their worlds transformed by his love.

Our Elders:

Keith Krass - Elder

Originally hailing from Chicago, Keith and his wife Sarah live in Beverly with their two children Lukas and Charis.

In addition to his role at the church, Keith works at Veracross, an educational software company outside of Boston. Despite attending both Gordon College and Gordon-Conwell and living on the North Shore for over ten years, Keith still unwavering supports all Chicago sports teams and did in fact cry when the Cubs won the World Series in 2016.

Elizabeth Ball - Elder

Born here in Beverly, Liz is passionate about the local Church and fostering a community that is transformed through knowledge of God’s love, word, character, and power. Liz studied art, was an outdoor ed facilitator, worked in human resources, and received her masters in organizational psychology. She currently works for a Boston based consulting firm that helps harness the collective intelligence within organizations to design their own solutions for the future.

Liz is living proof that God weaves together our interests and uses them to impact the world. In all she does, she desires to "to love the LORD our God, to walk in obedience to him, to keep his commands, to hold fast to him, and to serve him with all her heart and soul,” Joshua 22:5.

Katie Hanchett - Elder

Katie and her husband, Ben, started attending the Harbor shortly after having their first child and moving back up to the North Shore. She fell in love with the North Shore while attending Gordon College and was excited to move up to Ipswich after spending a few years in the Boston area.

They since have added a couple more to the mix and have three children: Micah, Chloe and Nathaniel. When she's not home with her kids, Katie enjoys serving on the worship team and in the nursery, as well as working part-time as a Spanish tutor and piano teacher.

Alan Vance - Elder

Alan was born in Japan, has lived in seven countries, and traveled to over 30. He has worked as a cowboy, a math teacher, a missionary, and a businessman (among other, less interesting occupations!).

He and his wife, Julie, have four kids aged 19 to 29. Some of the things Alan loves are: knowing Jesus and making Him known in the nations, hiking, gardening, riding his motorcycle, and holding babies!