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  • Pastoring in Alaska difficult, comes with ‘rewards’

    January 12 2018 by Erin Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Pastoring in Alaska difficult, comes with ‘rewards’

    Alaska is “in dire need of committed pastors to serve Christ,” said Rob Scott. Scott, who has been in a remote area of Alaska since 2009 as pastor of Dillingham Bible Fellowship, moved to the state because “it’s a place that prefers function to form, and that’s a fairly good description of me too.

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  • ‘Miracle man’ Stewart continues ministry after accident

    May 25 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘Miracle man’ Stewart continues ministry after accident

    A two-hour “Holy Ghost revival” was in progress in Jimmy Stewart’s office not long after he returned to work at the Alaska Baptist Convention earlier this year. A small group of ministers and friends were praising God for answering their prayers and healing Stewart from a July, 2016, gas leak explosion at his rural Alaskan cabin.

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  • Abortion groups challenge restrictions in three states

    December 8 2016 by Samantha Gobba, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Abortion groups challenge restrictions in three states

    Planned Parenthood and other abortion advocacy groups filed lawsuits challenging abortion regulations in Alaska, Missouri, and North Carolina. The lawsuits challenge three types of restrictions, from requirements for abortionists to a 20-week abortion ban. Pro-life advocates suspect the lawsuits are carefully testing judicial waters after Whole Women’s Health vs. Hellerstedt.

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  • Bill Hunke, former Alaska executive & historian, dies

    November 18 2016 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Bill Hunke, former Alaska executive & historian, dies

    E.W. “Bill” Hunke Jr., executive director of the Alaska Baptist Convention from 1966-71 and prolific chronicler of Southern Baptist work in the western U.S., died Oct. 31 in Sun Lakes, Ariz. He was 92.

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  • Alaska Baptists look ahead with new exec. director

    October 7 2016 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Alaska Baptists look ahead with new exec. director

    Alaska Baptists’ 71st annual meeting heralded the arrival of native son Randy Covington as the convention’s new executive director/treasurer. Covington said Baptists will continue to impact lostness in Alaska and beyond by relying on God’s direction and building on the work He has already accomplished.

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  • Gas explosion burns Alaska director; prayers needed

    August 4 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Gas explosion burns Alaska director; prayers needed

    Suffering third-degree burns over 80 percent of his body, Alaska Baptist evangelism and church growth director Jimmy Stewart is hospitalized and grateful for prayers after being injured in a gas leak explosion at his Alaska cabin. Nearly two weeks after the explosion, Stewart is talking, able to walk and in good spirits.

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  • Transplanting families to plant church for students

    August 4 2016 by Mark Kelly, SBC LIFE | with 0 comments
    Transplanting families to plant church for students

    The need for more churches in Fairbanks, Alaska, weighed heavily on Joe and Cindy Boney. As new church planter catalysts with the North American Mission Board, they were praying fervently in September 2015 that God would show them how He wanted to start new churches in this frontier city of 32,000 souls.

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  • The state Supreme Court ruled the law violated minors’ privacy

    August 1 2016 by Ciera Horton, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    The state Supreme Court ruled the law violated minors’ privacy

    The Alaska Supreme Court on July 22 struck down a state law requiring abortionists to give two days’ notice to parents before providing abortions to minors. In a 2010 ballot initiative, 56 percent of voters approved what became the law requiring parental notification for a minor’s abortion. Now the court says the law is unconstitutional.

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  • Procter retiring from Alaska convention

    May 28 2015 by Baptist Press staff | with 0 comments
    Procter retiring from Alaska convention

    Michael Procter is retiring effective May 2016 after more than five years as executive director/treasurer of the Alaska Baptist Convention and as executive director of the Alaska Baptist Foundation. He has held the posts since 2011 and has served in Southern Baptist ministry for 45 years.

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  • From Africa to Alaska: reaching indigenous people

    May 4 2015 by Jim Burton, North American Mission Board | with 1 comments
    From Africa to Alaska: reaching indigenous people

    After asking the advice of two seasoned IMB missionaries, Mike Procter, director of the Alaska Baptist Convention, went one step further and asked Alan and Babs Dial to move to Tok, Alaska to open the Upper Tanana Valley Regional Church Planting Center with the goal of training Alaskan Natives in pastoral ministry.

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  • Alaska Baptists cut budget by 14.6%

    November 1 2011 by Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    NORTH POLE, Alaska – Messengers to the 66th annual meeting of the Alaska Baptist Convention reduced their 2012 budget by 14.6 percent. The convention approved a $1.8 million budget for next year with an anticipated $720,322 in Cooperative Program receipts from the 100 churches in the state.

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