What is Anthem College?

Anthem College is a full-time internship program at Living Water in Olympia, WA. In partnership with Northwest University, our students will have the opportunity to receive an accredited college education (AA or Bachelor degrees), while also cultivating their leadership & life skills. Additionally, we will have organized social events creating a healthy student life experience. Students will also get to experience local outreach and missions opportunities throughout the program.

Our goal is to develop and empower young adults to become leaders who impact their world. Our aim is that in Anthem College our students leave our program competent, educated and equipped, giving them a solid foundation for the rest of their lives. In addition to a private university education, Anthem College assists in developing a core understanding of life and communication skills as well as hands-on experience in the local church and community. We believe that the versatility of our program gives students the best opportunities to be successful in all areas of their lives and their futures!

WhO is Anthem College?


Chase Merrell, Anthem Director

I want to see the next generation TRANSFORMED by the GOSPEL and DEVELOPED & EMPOWERED as LEADERS to change their world.

I have been in full-time ministry for the over ten years and have had the opportunity to serve in youth/young adult ministry, worship ministry and executive leadership roles.

I graduated from Northwest University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Ministry Leadership in 2018.

I married my my best friend and wife Holly in 2012, and we have two incredible sons, Weston (3) and Beau (1).

I’ve been on staff at Living Water since September 2017 as the Youth Pastor, and will be overseeing our Young Adults ministry in addition as of Summer 2019.

Let’s GO.


Brooke Gurrad, Anthem Coordinator & Dean of Students

I am a graduate of Lee University, a Christian, liberal arts university located in Cleveland, TN. I graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a minor in Theology. While in school, I did ministry with Lee University Campus Choir and Voices of Lee, traveling to over 23 states leading worship in hundreds of churches.

Born and raised in Mississippi, I returned for 2 years to teach grades K-6 and special education music in public school.

I got married in 2010 and moved to Washington, where I student taught in elementary and middle school for a year, while working on my Master's Degree. I completed my Masters in Teaching summa cum laude from Saint Martin’s University and continued teaching for 3 more years.

I have been working on staff at Living Water since 2015 in many different capacities, including both administrative and pastoral. For the past 2 years, I’ve been the Worship Pastor and for fun, taught in Anthem College as the Self-Awareness & Life Skills instructor. I am now stepping out of my role in worship and stepping in as the Dean of Students for Anthem College at Living Water. I can’t wait to invest more fully into all that God has for these young adults on their journey in education, leadership, and discipleship!

I am married to my best friend, Ben Gurrad and we have two beautiful children, Brynlee, age 5, and Braxton, age 2.