One Wall at Lifesong is Breaking Down Barriers for Teens, Families

Gary Newman

The Ashland Beacon


   Exciting things are happening at Lifesong Church. In addition to recently celebrating the 13th birthday of the church and an expansion, to include a satellite campus in Boyd County, Lifesong also hosts a thriving student ministry worship program on Wednesday nights.

   Senior Pastor, Keith Menshouse is quick to shine a light on Pastor of Worship and Student Ministry, Anthony Wall. “It’s a make or break thing to have someone who’s called to that ministry. We called him as worship leader. He desired to be student ministry leader, and that’s where his heart is,” Menshouse recalls, “without a doubt, he’s started strong. He’s got a pastors heart for teens. He stays involved. Cares about them, prays for them, gets involved with their families as he can.”

   There’s certainly evidence to back that up, too. In the last year, there have been a dozen teens baptized, which is an incredible statement from a church whose primary focus from its origin as a church plant of Fairview Baptist Church, and late Pastor Mike Rice’s vision for reaching the ‘unchurched’ or the ‘de-churched.’

   So, where does a church find just the right guy to nurture and grow that vision? Anthony Wall’s story starts in Durham, NC, and navigates its way to a 10-year stay in Jordan, where his parents were missionaries, travels to Virginia for a 13-year stint as a Student Pastor & Worship Leader. Wall admits, “I didn’t have a really good reason to leave Virginia, God just directed me in this new direction.”    

   “When I got here, I had a vision for doing a student worship service, and we had everything we needed to have a whole service,” Wall stated.   The first service, they had 30-40 people, and now average anywhere from 20-30 every week. Wall observed, “This area has so many multiple subcultures here. There’s a lot of need. So many young people. We need more student ministries.”

   “I feel a responsibility to connect every student to Christ in a personal way,” Wall said when pressed for markers of success in Student Ministry, continuing, “Faith is powerful when it’s personal. They know Christ, make Him known, and serve others.”   

   Wall believes, “Youth are empowered when they serve because they aren’t the church of tomorrow. They are the young church of today. We’re not promised tomorrow, so our time to serve God is now.”

   Lifesong Church is located at both 439 Boyd Street in Russell and 15605 State Rt. 180 in Catlettsburg for Sunday morning services at 11 a.m., and at the Russell location for ‘Inside Out’ Student Worship Service on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. You can find out more through the church Facebook page,, or by simply downloading the app.