Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.
Chad Barr, Senior Pastor
My name is Chad Barr and I am the Senior Pastor at The Link Church. I took this position in our church in August 2016. I was our church’s Youth Pastor since we started but God has moved me into this position and I could not be happier or more excited. I look forward to where God takes us from here and would love for you to consider joining with us as we minister to people of our community, our state, our nation, and our world.
My wife, Amy, and I have been married since 2000. She is a 4th or 5th grade teacher depending on the year and she is the best that I know. We have 3 kids, Alexis, Sebbastian, and Ja’Nayah. We love them and they have added much joy and love to our family. I could not imagine my life apart from them. We also have 2 dogs currently, Ranger is a Rhodesian Ridgeback and Polly is a Pit Bull. They are great companions as well.
I would love to talk to you or have you come hang out at The Link Church with us. We meet on Sunday mornings from 10:30-12 at 9 Tekoa Lane. Please contact me at Chad@thelinkbeaufort.com or at (843) 379-1122 anytime if you have any questions.
Alex Achor, Worship Director
I was born in California, due to my father being in the Marine Corps, but moved to Beaufort, South Carolina when I was two years old. My parents quickly made friends with a local family and we began to attend church with them. I was homeschooled through this church and was very close to the people that God surrounded me with. I accepted the Lord as my Savior when I was twelve years old and He changed my life. When I was in my twenties I began to attend a smaller church called The Link and it was here that I began my discipleship and really grew in my relationship with God. A few years later I met a young lady and her daughter who began coming to our church and small group. I knew that she was the one that God had chosen for me and we were soon married and happily in love. I adopted our daughter and vowed to love her as my own blood. Me and my wife grew together in our relationship with Christ, aiming to keep Him at the center of our marriage. Not too long after, I began to play in the worship band at church. It was in this area that God had given me a very special gift, but I was fearful to come out of my comfort zone and allow God to work through me in this area. One Sunday the worship leader (my dad) suddenly fell ill and had to leave service early, not being able to finish the last song. We were going to just explain what happened and not go through with the last song, as we didn’t have a singer. But I felt God calling me at this moment. To get up. To allow Him to work through me. I surrendered it all to Him and in doing so all my fears were diminished. I now lead worship in our church and am grateful that God has been leading me to this purpose all my life.
You can reach me at Alex@thelinkbeaufort.com
Jayson Shackelford, Youth Pastor
My name is Jayson Shackelford and I am the Youth Pastor at The Link Church. I have been in ministry for 18 years with a majority of that ministering to youth. I came to the knowledge of the saving grace of Jesus at 10 and know how life changing that relationship can be. That;s why I want to share the Gospel to everyone, especially younger people so that they can begin to live a new destiny in Christ. I have been married to the love of my life for 25 years and we have 3 daughters and 3 sons, 2 dogs, 2 cats, and 2 fish. In addition to being the Youth Pastor, my wife and I are the founder’s and directors of Free Camp of the Lowcountry. I can’t wait to welcome you to The Link!
You can reach me at Jayson@thelinkbeaufort.com
Olivia Achor, Children’s Director
We are taught that the accounts of our lives are called a biography, but as I write this, “biography” falls short of the work that the Father has done in my life. So here is my testimony of that work. I grew up in a small town in the most southern point of Ohio, a little town engulphed in despair and bad life choices. I accepted the Lord as my Savior at an early age and carried out His plans for my life as He opened doors to mission work in far away countries and in my own town. But like many people do, I began to allow the enemy to start having a say so in my life and it wasn’t long before I began to go my own way rather than the narrow path that God had designed for me. At the lowest point in my life I found myself hopeless, guilty, and in utter depression. It was at this time that I discovered I was due to have a child. Knowing that I needed change and a better future for the life that I now carried, I moved far away. I ran to a small town called Beaufort, South Carolina that I had visited once as a child. It was here that my daughter was born and I found out what selfless love truly meant. I knew that no matter where my heart was with God, it was my duty to make sure that my daughter was taught Christ and so I began to attend a small church called The Link. Sitting in services week after week with my baby, I tried to fathom that it was possible for God to still love me and still want me to serve Him. One Sunday my cold heart that hadn’t felt the voice of the Lord in so long broke, and with that Jesus made it so clear to me that He not only still wanted and loved me, but that He still had great things to fulfill through me. I surrendered all to Him and He began again to rekindle the love that burned so brightly between us. Months later I met a young man that attended the same small group and church. I had never had a truly healthy and Christ centered relationship before, so the thought of someone else entering my life and the life of my daughter only terrified me. But this man began to disciple me and speak life into me simply by his friendship. We began dating and I could see so quickly that He only wanted me to grow in my relationship with God and be a good influence to my daughter. We got married a year ago and he adopted our daughter and has been the man that my Father had been leading me to throughout my whole life. So as I reflect on the history of me I give my most humble praise to the One who never abandoned me. The one who never remembers the wrong that I have done. The One who never for one second thought that I was unworthy to die for. He has had His loving and tender arms around me throughout all my days, constantly protecting me and drawing me close to His overwhelming love. This is my testimony and the accounts of my life. God Bless.
You can reach me at Olivia@thelinkbeaufort.com