Meet the Pastors
Growing up in West Virginia, Anthony Bass was a gifted athlete and fierce competitor, and earned the Blue Chip All-American title. In 1998 Bass was signed on as a free agent with the Minnesota Vikings. That year, the former #32 was a standout defensive back and part of the team’s amazing 15-1 season. At the age of 23, Anthony cried out to God and re-dedicated his life to Christ. In submission to the Lord’s will for his life, Bass retired from his professional football career in 2001. He received his Bachelor of Arts from West Virginia State University, then went on to complete his seminary studies, where he earned a double Master’s Degree in Divinity, Practical Theology and a Master’s of Business Administration from Regent University in 2008, while working as a Youth Pastor, Administrator, Teacher and Mentor.
Anthony Bass possesses an un-quenching love for the Lord. He has been blessed with several opportunities to share God’s word as the featured speaker at countless churches, bible studies and a variety of organizations both nationally and internationally. Anthony Bass resides in Minnetonka, MN with his beautiful wife Dawniqua and they are the parents of four children. They planted their first Church, Endurance Church, in Brooklyn Park MN that launched fall of 2014. They are committed to planting churches throughout Minnesota and developing a Non-profit organization to foster community restoration, and fight human trafficking.
Dawniqua Bass, a Norfolk, Virginia native, is the adoring wife of Anthony Bass, mother to five beautiful children, and enjoys working alongside her husband to support the vision of Endurance Church. A heart for ministry was developed in Dawniqua at a young age, as her parents (Pastor Dwight and Joyce Linyear), saw fit to become the best stewards possible, by assisting her in honing her God-given gifts and talents at a young age, and ensured she was actively involved in her church and community. She has used her talents to glorify God, through teaching fitness classes, leading prayer, worship and women’s Bible Studies. Dawniqua has worked as a Group Exercise Instructor (Kickboxing/Pilates/Zumba), Personal Trainer, Nutrition Consultant, Speed and Conditioning Coach as well as a Child and Family Counselor. She has been actively involved in her church through worship, intercessory prayer, mentoring, hostess and fitness ministries. Dawniqua has a passion for health and fitness (spiritual, physical and mental), a heart for service, prayer, worship, missions, and social justice issues.
Vaushawn & Christi Johnson
Pastor Vaushawn and his wife Christi have been instrumental in the foundation of Endurance Church. Vaushawn has a heart for discipleship and addiction counseling, and brings his ministry into the community as a Program Manager at Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge. Christi shares his passion for discipleship and service as she leads Endurance Youth, which serves teens, including their two teens. The couple brings compassionate and loving hearts to their ministries and are valuable members of the Endurance community.