Our Staff

Chris Woolard

Lead Pastor
Chris has served in Churches in NC and VA as a youth minister and worship leader since 2001. He and his family moved to Wilmington in 2012 to start Venture Church.
He received a BA in Bible and Theology at Mid-Atlantic Christian University and an MA in New Testament with a focus on Preaching from Johnson University. It was a clear calling from God that shifted Chris from a decade of youth ministry to new church work and He is excited to serve as a missionary to the city of Wilmington!
Chris is the primary teacher at Venture, you can learn more about Chris here or listen to one of his weekly messages here.


Aaron Collins

Music and Creative Arts Pastor
Aaron has a passion for leading people to God through music. He has served in college ministries in Greenville, NC and has lead music in churches and through various events in North Carolina. In 2011 he completed a leadership residency in worship ministry at One Life Church in Concord, NC. He moved to Wilmington to help make the Sunday gatherings awesome and build community through music! In addition to all this, Aaron leads a small group for young adults. Aaron and his wife Kara love to serve the city of Wilmington together and lead others to the love of Jesus.

Brent Myers

Venture Kids
Brent and Emelie moved to Wilmington to serve on staff at Venture. They bring so many talents to the team. They stepped away from their marketplace jobs to be a part of what Venture is doing. Brent is a graphic artist and creates most of the visual art you see online, in print, and onscreen from Venture. He’s also in charge of “Venture Kids” (Birth – Elementary). He also loves hanging out with the Venture Teens group too. Brent also leads an adult small group.

Emelie Myers

Emelie is the glue that keeps all these guys in order, she acts as the administrative guru for communication, event planning, and volunteer organization. She’s also instrumental in Women’s ministry and “Venture Ladies.”