board of trustees


Jeff Palmer  

Chief Financial Officer

A native of the Midwest and now proud to be a Bostonian, Jeff has a passion for helping others and gets his greatest happiness in life by playing a part in building the Lord's kingdom. In his day job, Jeff serves as a private wealth Financial Advisor and an Institutional Consultant with Graystone Consulting, a business of Morgan Stanley, and specializes in working with clients in the healthcare field. He and his wife Anna live in South Boston and are actively involved in community outreach and social causes. Jeff enjoys outdoor activities, live music, cooking, and various sports.





Jillian kando

Jillian, a native New Englander, is a Software Engineer with her own consulting business in Boston. She enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, salsa dancing, and experiencing Boston outdoors when the temperature allows. Jillian enthusiastically devotes her time and talents to the Anchor community leading our Welcome Party and Connect Nights.



Chris Coughlin

Chris was born in Boston, as one of eight children. Chris is married to Nanan, and they are celebrating over ten years of marriage. Chris is passionate about the Great Commission, and finds Anchor Church an absolute blessing. Chris currently teaches English Language Learners (ELL/ESL) at Everett High School, and is in the process of completing his second Master's degree. 


Peter Mehlrose

Peter is an ordained minister and is the Director of Global Impact at Anchor Church. Peter has a heart for cross-cultural evangelism, leadership development, discipleship and preaching that fuels his endeavor to inspire a new generation for a Kingdom purpose. He is a graduate of Lee University (B.S. in Theology) and is currently completing his Masters of Divinity (M.Div) degree at the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Peter is married to Ryann and they have 2 beautiful children, Gabriel and Judah.


Fabricio Paes

Fabricio was born and raised in Boston. He resides in East Boston with his wife Kemberli and two boys, Oliver and Elijah. He was called to be in ministry at the age of 12 and as a young adult felt God leading him to reach those people up in the skyscrapers in the beautiful Boston skyline. Fabricio graduated from Valley Forge Christian College in 2012 with a degree in Christian Ministries. He is devoting the rest of his life to spreading the love of Christ in the city of Boston. Spend 10 minutes chatting with him and you'll quickly learn he is a diehard sports fan. He loves to spend time with the family at one of the many amazing parks/playgrounds in the neighborhood and eating delicious food.


Craig Smallwood

Born in Canada, Craig came to Boston in 2002 for the opportunity to compete in rowing. His plan was to win some races, get a college degree, and head back home. God had other plans. Craig came to understand the desperate need for Jesus in his own life through campus missionaries willing to entertain tough questions about God, through friends, and through a patient Savior. He is passionate about the work God is doing through the folks at Anchor. Craig is a research scientist at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He studied cardiopulmonary science and bioengineering and is dangerously close to completing a PhD focused on improving the use of mechanical ventilation in children who cannot breathe for themselves. Always up for an adventure, Craig is an avid cyclist, rower, mountaineer and semi-extreme backcountry skier. Craig now call Boston home and resides in Jamaica Plain with his beautiful wife and very active young daughter.