There are only 😉 7 of us onboard the 380 square foot sailing vessel Ankyrios.
Dennis – the Captain, ie. mechanic, plumber, diesel specialist, navigator, and general fixer of all things (and it’s a boat so there’s always something broken!) He has more than a decade of counseling experience as a Navy Chaplain ministering to Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and their families in times of crisis and need. He also developed and led personal growth, resiliency, marriage, youth and family retreats and workshops when assigned to CREDO (Chaplains Religious Enrichment and Development Operation) Navy Region Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia. Dennis has been certified in PAIRS (Practical Application of Intimate Relationship Skills), PREP (Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program), Prepare/Enrich, ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), Family Wellness as well as having extensive training and experience in Operational Stress, leadership and management, team building, conflict resolution, and coaching. He earned his Master’s of Divinity in Missions, Evangelism and Church Growth from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has completed the academic requirements for his Doctor of Ministry in Preaching and Teaching (currently working on his project in the area of spiritual burnout and renewal) from Knox Theological Seminary.
Brandy – the “Admiral” 😉 Not really, but if she has a gut feeling about something, all bets are off. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Master’s in Aeronautical Science. Brandy also has her single engine commercial pilot’s license and instrument rating. The sky is her happy place, but she’s learned to love sailing over the years. Most importantly though, she loves being a homeschooling mom of 5 amazing kids. While she hasn’t worked for a paycheck in many years, she’s volunteered for many organizations and churches with experience in directing Vacation Bible School, AWANA, American Heritage Girls, Bible studies, as well as conference and special event speaker, and spokesperson for United Through Reading. Most recently, Brandy has been working towards Compassion Fatigue therapist certification with Green Cross Academy of Traumatology.
Hope – our mermaid, cosplayer, artist, and chef. This girl has over two dozen wigs on the boat and forty-something costumes, all confined to her 20 square feet. She’s constantly drawing or dressed in some sort of costume AND she makes delicious food, especially sweets. We’re in no hurry to let her move out.
Caleb – the XO. He’s learning hands-on with Dennis. He’s taller than everyone except Dennis now and can do many of the things required on the boat. He’s been able to dock on his own since he was 12!
Sarah – our marine biologist. She keeps track of all the marine animals we see, including type, number, behavior, and all the details of the moment we spotted them.
Micah – the engineer. He has a strong desire to understand how all things work. It’s not uncommon to find him in some strange position with his head upside down determining how something works.
Seth – the electrician. He keeps track of all of our power usage, battery bank percentage and can explain exactly what watts, volts, and amps are, as well as how they work together.