ACF Church (Alliance Christian Fellowship) is a growing gathering of the churched, unchurched and de-churched, located in Eagle River, Alaska. Eagle River is a community of 35,000 composed of many young families and military personnel who work on JBER (Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson). ACF Church is about 12 miles from Anchorage which has a population of over 300,000. ACF Church has grown exponentially from 35 people in 2009 to currently over 1,100 on a weekly basis. Our demographic is primarily people between the ages of 20 and 40 years old with 70-80% current or ex-military and a large number of babies, children and teens.

OUR VISION
For it to be in Alaska as it is in Heaven.

OUR MISSION
To amplify the grace of Jesus to the churched, unchurched, and dechurched.

OUR VALUES
Life is better together.
We are contributors, not consumers.
Life is a mission, not a vacation.
We lead the way in generosity.

God the Creator.

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The three are coequal and are one God.

Genesis 1:1,26, 27, 3:22
Psalm 90:2
Matthew 28:19
1 Peter 1:2
2 Corinthians 13:14

 

Jesus is the Son of God.

He is coequal with the Father and Holy Spirit. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven and will return again someday to earth to reign as King.

Matthew 1:22, 23
Isaiah 9:6
John 1:1-5, 14:10-30
Hebrews 4:14-15
1 Corinthians 15:3-4
Romans 1:3-4
Acts 1:9-11
1 Timothy 6:14-15
Titus 2:13

The Holy Spirit lives in each Christian from salvation.

The Holy Spirit is coequal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He provides Christians with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer spiritual gifts when they are saved. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.

Acts 1:8
1 Corinthians 3:17
John 16:7-13, 14:16-17
Galatians 5:25
1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16
Ephesians 1:13, 5:18

 

The Bible is God’s Word to us.

The Bible was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs about living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without error.

2 Timothy 3:16, 1:13
2 Peter 1:20-21
Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6
Proverbs 30:5

 

People are the supreme object of God’s creation.

People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” Sin separates us from God and causes many problems in our life.

Genesis 1:27
Psalm 8:3-6
Isaiah 53:6
Romans 3:23
Isaiah 59:1-2

 

Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it.

We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.

Romans 6:23
Ephesians 2:8-9
John 14:6, 1:2
Titus 3:5
Galatians 3:26
Romans 5:1, 10:9-10

 

People will exist eternally with or without God.

People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life in Heaven. Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence.

John 3:16, 4:17
Romans 6:23, 8:17-18
Revelation 20:15
1 Corinthians 2:7-9

 

Baptism is symbolic of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.

Once we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, baptism is a way for us to publicly declare our new life in Christ. It is also a step of obedience based on God’s commands and allows us to follow the example of Jesus, who submitted himself to baptism to “fulfill all righteousness.”

Matthew 3:16-17, 28:18-20
Acts 2:41, 8:12

 

In addition to Essential Beliefs, we have liberty in Non-Essential Beliefs.

“Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters… Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls… So then each of us will give an account of himself to God… So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.” –Romans 14:1,4,12,22

 

The Alliance

The Alliance is simply a mainstream, evangelical denomination, similar to many denominations in America. Our message is four-fold: Christ our Savior, Christ our Sanctifier, Christ our Healer, and Christ our Coming King!

From its inception The Christian and Missionary Alliance has focused its message on the changeless person of Jesus Christ, who is “the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

“Jesus is not only the pattern, but the source of our life, and it is the business of Holy Spirit…moment by moment to transfer His qualities into our life.

Our calling is to lead the people of God farther into the heights and depths of the life of Christ, and further out in the aggressive work of the world missions, which the children of God have so long neglected.”

Albert B. Simpson, Founder

We are a part of two groups:

Why not just be an independent church?

We are an independent church! Every C&MA church is completely inde­pendent. There is no denominational control or hierarchy, as there is in some denominations. Each church is self-governed and determines its own affairs.

  • Every C&MA church chooses its own pastor.
  • Every C&MA church owns it own buildings and assets.
  • Every C&MA church determines its own programs.

What are the advantages of affiliating with the C&MA?

  • It allows us to identify with other Christians around the world who are known for their commitment to the Bible. The C&MA has no man-made “creed.” The Bible is our only authority.
  • It allows our church to participate in a great missionary organization. The C&MA currently has 800 missionaries in 58 nations and churches in 81 countries and territories. Through the C&MA missions program, we help support many of these missionaries.

It allows for accountability, and therefore safety for our church. Pastors are held accountable for their doctrinal and ethical positions.

Rev. Brian Cook
Lead Pastor
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Brian started full time ministry in 2003 as a Worship and Youth Pastor in Colorado. He moved to Alaska and started working at ACF in 2009. He started out as the Worship and Youth Pastor and took on the role of Lead Pastor in 2014. He loves this state, but even more, he loves its people. He loves that ACF is a gathering full of the faithful, the doubters, the convinced and the searching, and he believes the church exists to be a community dedicated to showing and speaking the good news of Jesus to the world. Brian and his wife Amanda have three children.

Rev. Joshua Talbot
Executive Pastor
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Josh moved to Alaska and joined the ACF staff in 2012 as the Family Pastor. He became the Executive Pastor in 2019 and his role is to help ACF keep moving toward the mission God has given us. He spends much of his time developing staff and leaders of the church. He and his wife Melia have three children.

Pastor Stuart Poteet
Discipleship Pastor
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Stuart has been in Alaska and on staff at ACF since 2015. He oversees all ACF Groups and outreach into our community. Life is full of stress, excitement and challenges, but his passion is that no one should ever have to do it alone. He’d love to meet you and help you connect with others at ACF Church! Stuart and his wife Nikki have five daughters.

Danny Venhaus
Director of Operations
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Danny has been in Alaska since 1988 and has been on staff at ACF since 2016. He oversees all of the behind-the-scenes operations and is behind the “how” of everything ACF does. He loves to make people’s experience at ACF a positive one, where they can connect with those who love Jesus. He and his wife Carolyn have eight children and nine grandchildren.

Mason Venhaus
Worship Leader
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Mason was born and raised in Alaska and has been attending ACF since 2008. He began to play on the worship team during Brian’s time as Worship Pastor and took over worship at ACF when Brian became Lead Pastor. Mason loves getting to share his gifts and passion for music with the church every week. He especially loves the friendships and camaraderie that he strives to foster with everybody that serves on the worship and production teams. If you’re interested in serving, he’d love to hear from you!

Ryan Robison
Production Director

Ryan and Jen attended ACF while stationed in Alaska from 2008 to 2014. They and their two children moved away for a few years but have since returned and been on staff since 2018. Ryan oversees the production of lighting, sound, stage design, and all other technology related areas and Jen is in charge video production and live streaming our services so everyone can be a part of the ACF family. They are passionate about creating an engaging and positive worship experience for people!

Wendy Jacobsen
Office Administrator
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Wendy was born and raised in South Dakota but has called Alaska home since 2005. She joined ACF staff in 2016. She handles all office responsibilities and ensures the day to day operations of ACF run smoothly. Wendy and her husband Leif have two children.

Alex Morse
Administrative Assistant

Alex has lived in Alaska and attended ACF since 2011. She joined the staff in 2017 as an added administrative support person. Alex is passionate about assisting the team in amplifying the grace of Jesus through the various ACF ministries. She and her husband Ben welcomed their first son in the summer of 2019.

Britt Jacobs
Youth Culture Director

Britt and her husband Dan moved to Alaska from Florida in 2015. She has been on staff at ACF since 2019, overseeing the youth ministry at ACF. Youth ministry is incredibly special to her because students are not the church of tomorrow, but they are the church of today, and each of these young men and women have a glorious purpose in Christ. She feels privileged to be a part of their story and encourage them in their walk with Jesus. She’d love to meet you and hear your story!

Amanda Hunter
ACF Kids Director

Amanda moved to Alaska with her husband Heath and two daughters to join the ACF team in 2018. She oversees the ACF Kids ministry for infants through 5th graders. Kids are such an important part of the church and in ACF Kids, her goal is to teach them about the gospel and help them to grow closer to Jesus! She looks forward to partnering with parents to help their kids have an amazing experience here at ACF!

Adrian Whitworth
Illuminate Kids
TJ Manolas
JR High Breakaway
Joe Fugere
Worship Team
Josue Rolon
Breakaway Worship Team
Joe Pokupec
Worship Team
Reagan Manolas
JR High Breakaway

Click here to check out our 2017 ACF Church Annual Report

ACF Church is passionate about being involved in our local community. We do this by serving, volunteering, and participating in the needs of those around us.

Urban Mission

Join ACF Church on the 3rd Saturday of each month as we put our faith into action with Urban Mission. We’ll meet at the church to prepare food, make hot coffee,  and gather previously donated items. We’ll then travel together into Anchorage to feed and serve the homeless population.

All are welcome to participate in reaching our local homeless population. Show up at ACF Church at 11:30 am. Children in attendance need to be personally supervised by their own parent/guardian. For more information, please contact ACF Office and get engaged in serving in our community.

Impact Eagle River

Impact Eagle River is an annual event where ACF Church will be serving the people of our community in practical ways. It’s a day where “I ACT” to make an ImpACT! Do you or a friend need help painting? Removing that old gutter? Raking the yard? We’re here to help!

Why? It’s simple. We love Eagle River and the community around us. We want to lend a hand in any way possible. No strings attached.

Impact Eagle River typically happens at the end of September each year. Check out pics from Eagle River 2016…

Great Comission Fund

Funding over 800 missionaries in over 50 countries is a constant challenge. The Christian and Missionary Alliance has developed a fundraising system which relieves missionaries from the recurring burden of raising their own funds to go to the lands they were called to. Instead, the Alliance has successfully funded missionaries through the Great Commission Fund. It really could be called the big bucket approach. Learn more about this fund here.

Individuals and churches from all across the country pool their monies, put them in a big bucket, so to speak. Out of that big bucket come the funds to send committed, trained followers of Christ all around the globe. When contributing to this fund, even a small church can have a global impact.

Each year ACF helps support missions in many ways. One of the most important is through the GCF.

CAMA Services

  • Natural disasters
  • Weather-related destruction
  • Aftermath of war
  • Failure of infrastructure

Whether it is a crate of rice, a truckload of farm tools, or a skein of yarn, CAMA service workers bring hope in the middle of despair. These are the times when CAMA Services steps up to be the hands of Christ to a needy community.

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