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  • Alaska Baptists celebrate outreach to highways, hedges

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Thursday, October 05, 2017 (2 months ago)

    KETCHIKAN, Alaska (BP) -- Alaska Baptists celebrated baptisms, new pastors to their state convention, progress in areas without a Gospel witness, and heard other encouraging ministry reports during its 72nd annual meeting, Sept. 25-27, held in Ketchikan.

    Ketchikan, known as "salmon capital" as well as "rain capital" of the world, is the southernmost city in Alaska and its fifth-largest, with an area population of nearly 14,000. With no road to Ketchikan except the on-island Tongass Highway, most people fly in despite the $600 cost one-way from Fairbanks in the center of the state. The meeting took place at the Ted Ferry Civic Center, with First Baptist Church of Ketchikan serving as host church. Read More

  • 'Miracle man' Stewart continues ministry after accident

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, May 24, 2017 (7 months ago)

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    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (BP) -- 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.

    Longtime Southern Baptist leader Paul Kim and his wife Rebekah from Boston were visiting the director of evangelism and church development. 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. Physically fit and athletic before the accident, the evangelist was scarred from third-degree ... Read More

  • Bill Hunke, former Alaska exec & historian, dies

    by Art Toalston, posted Monday, November 14, 2016 (one year ago)

    SUN LAKES, Ariz. (BP) -- 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.

    Hunke led a large-scale disaster relief effort in Fairbanks after harrowing flooding of the Chena River in 1967. And he led the Alaska convention to prevail in a dispute with the city of Anchorage in 1970 over taxation of the Baptist Building offices.

    In 1971, Hunke was part of a 14-day simultaneous crusade for the Alaska ... Read More

  • Cloyd Sullins, Alaska exec from 1995-2000, dies

    by Art Toalston, posted Monday, November 14, 2016 (one year ago)

    MOORE, Okla. (BP) -- Cloyd Sullins, who led the Alaska Baptist Convention from its 50th anniversary year in 1995 until his retirement in 2000, died Nov. 7 in Moore, Okla. He was 81.

    Sullins, a native of Oklahoma City, also served the Alaska convention as director of evangelism/church growth from 1991-1994. He spent an intervening year as director of evangelism for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. Read More

  • Alaska Baptists look ahead with new exec. director

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Thursday, October 06, 2016 (one year ago)

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    FAIRBANKS, Alaska (BP) -- Alaska Baptists' 71st annual meeting heralded the arrival of native son Randy Covington as the convention's new executive director/treasurer.

    Covington, in addressing the meeting, 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, yet with an eye to adapt methods as needed while not compromising the Gospel message. Read More

  • Gas explosion burns Alaska dir.; prayers needed

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, August 03, 2016 (one year ago)

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (BP) -- 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.

    Stewart is expected to undergo his fourth surgery today (Aug. 3) -- one of many anticipated in a hospitalization of at least six months followed by convalescence and a lengthy rehabilitation, according to the Alaska Baptist Convention (ABC). Read More

  • Alaska Baptists, at 70-year mark, give thanks

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Friday, October 16, 2015 (2 years ago)

    PALMER, Alaska (BP) -- Constancy, change and unity all were part of the 70th annual meeting of the Alaska Baptist Convention, Sept. 28-30 at First Baptist Church in Palmer.

    Seventeen pastors were recognized for having between 15 and 28 years of ministry in Alaska, and Executive Director Mike Procter received a resolution of appreciation from Ashley Clayton .... Read More

  • Alaska Baptists seek new leader

    by Erin Roach, posted Wednesday, August 05, 2015 (2 years ago)

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    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (BP) -- The Alaska Baptist Convention is searching for an executive director to succeed Michael Procter, who will retire next May after 30 years of service in the frontier state.

    A call to the unique environment of Alaska is essential for a candidate, Todd Burgess, chairman of the search committee and pastor of First Baptist Church in Eagle River, told Baptist Press. Read More

  • Procter retiring from Alaska convention

    by Staff, posted Wednesday, May 27, 2015 (2 years ago)

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (BP) -- 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 announced May 4. Read More

  • From Africa to Alaska: reaching indigenous people

    by Jim Burton, posted Friday, May 01, 2015 (2 years ago)

    TOK, Alaska (BP) -- When Alan and Babs Dial arrived in Alaska, they were embarking on an extraordinary change in their ministry to native peoples in Africa where they had served with the International Mission Board.

    In Alaska, Alan would serve as the native church planter catalyst for the state Baptist convention; in the southern African country of Lesotho, the couple had ministered among the Basotho people.

    In addition to bracing for the change in temperature -- in Lesotho, the average temperature had been about 59 degrees -- the Dials also arrived in Alaska with two adopted teenage African sons, Gideon (Howie) Mohau, which means grace and peace, and Daniel Karabo, which means answer to prayer. Read More