The Anchor officially began in March of 2012 in a net shed on the waterfront in Gig Harbor.

Following the loss of her college-age daughter Karina to leukemia in 2010, founder Katie Robertson found how strong her faith in Jesus held her and her family. His love and faithfulness led to a passion to share with others how real Jesus is. And so it began! After much prayer and dreaming, The Anchor was launched!

2012 —

Confirmation Sign

Katie experienced a confirmation sign — a literal anchor — the was an answered prayer confirming the name and call to start the Anchor. Read more about this confirmation sign here in her blog post from earlier this month.

Established Our Mission

We established our mission: “The Anchor is a gathering for women of all ages and backgrounds to be encouraged and anchored in faith and friendships.”

Chose Our Founding Verse

We chose our founding verse: Hebrews 6:19

Developed The Anchor Branding

We developed The Anchor branding to include our logo & tagline:

2014 —

Official Affiliation

We were affiliated under Harbor Hope, a 501(c)(3).

The Word Spread

We grew from one city, Gig Harbor, to ten cities in the Pacific Northwest.

2016 —

Grew Our Team

We continued to recruit and develop local leadership for in-person Anchor gatherings.

2018 —

Built Our Board

We formed our twelve-member Board of Directors led by Executive Director Katie Robertson.

Pictured (left to right) back row: Deb, Jodi, Kelly, Adele
Front row: Carla, Marilyn, Katie, Jenny, Joy.
Not pictured: Nancy, Kathleen, Kristie

2019 —

Our First Fundraiser

We held our first fundraiser to help expand our outreach.

2020 —

We’re Officially Official!

We became an independent 501(c)(3) and trademarked our logo.

Expanded Our Reach

We launched our website and blog, which now reaches over 2,000 women across the country.

The Anchor at Home

We created the Anchor at Home, a monthly virtual YouTube gathering, as a response to the pandemic. This allows women to gather in small groups at watch parties. We’ve grown to over 20 cities with 30k views and counting.

Check out our previous Anchors at Home with our YouTube playlist:

2021 —

Continued Developing Our Leaders

We hosted our first Leader’s retreat.

Received Funding

We received a grant from Hobby Lobby and a generous grant for organizational development from a second donor.

Raised the Anchor

We held a successful in-person Raise the Anchor Benefit raising needed funds to help us bring the good news of Jesus to more women across the nation.

We are so thankful for God’s faithfulness and all your support. We are excited to see what the future holds!

Want to get involved? Whether you’re able to host a watch party, tune in to the Anchor at Home, or give, we welcome your involvement. To give to The Anchor online, click the button below.

With hope and light,