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.

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

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

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

I’m glad you’ve stopped by, and hope to meet you some time soon. Since we’re not having a conversation, I guess I’ll make this all about me! I was born in Anchorage and soon moved away. My father was in the Air Force, we traveled the country as a family, and finally landed in Cheyenne, Wyoming. I’m glad we stopped, because this is where I met my wonderful wife Amanda. I went to the school of Automotive Technology in Cheyenne (An essential for Pastoral leadership) and married Amanda in 2003. We soon moved to Colorado and I began serving in full time ministry as a Worship and Youth Pastor. A few years later, I was given an opportunity to move back to Alaska (I’ve come full circle) to serve at ACF Church. I love this state, and more than that, I love its people. I believe the church exists to be a community dedicated to showing and speaking the good news of Jesus to the world around us, and I pray every day that we would live that call together. We are a gathering full of the faithful, the doubters, the convinced and the searching. I unwind by hiking, hunting, welding and wrenching. Amanda and I have 3 children and would love to meet you.

Danny Venhaus
Director of Operations

Hello and thanks for your interest in ACF! I am Danny Venhaus and the Director of Operations for ACF. You might say I am the “behind the scenes” guy, and you will find me in the lobby on Sundays and Wednesdays helping to make your experience at ACF a positive one where you can connect with those who love Jesus and those searching for Him. Please grab me and introduce yourself because I love to meet new people. I have lived in Alaska 28 years and raised 8 awesome kids here with my wonderful wife Carolyn. Alaska is definitely my home!

Rev. Joshua Talbot
Family Pastor

My name is Josh and I’m the Family Pastor here at ACF Church. As the Family Pastor, my role is to oversee from diapers to diplomas. That means on a Sunday morning you might find me downstairs with our Illuminate Kids Ministry teaching them about the Gospel. On a Sunday night or a Wednesday night you’ll find me hanging out with our high school and Jr. high students in our Breakaway Youth Ministry. The best way to contact me is with an email. If you see me on Wednesday or Sunday, please come and say hi.

Pastor Stuart Poteet
Discipleship Pastor

Hi, I’m Stuart and I’m the Discipleship Pastor here at ACF Church. My goal is to connect people with each other and with God. Life is full of stress, excitement and challenges, but there’s no reason anyone should ever have to go it alone. I’d love to meet you and see how we can connect you with others at ACF Church! I can usually be found in the lobby on Wednesdays and Sundays.

I’m married to my beautiful best friend, Nikki and we have five lovely daughters.

Wendy Jacobsen
Administrative Assistant

Welcome Home and thanks for checking out ACF. I was born and raised in western South Dakota, but have called Alaska home for over 10 years now. I joined the team in June 2016 and enjoy assisting our team in amplifying the grace of Jesus through our many ministries. My husband and I have two children and we enjoy hiking, camping, bowling and movies. I look forward to meeting you and hope you have an excellent experience at ACF.

Mason Venhaus
Worship Leader

Hi! I’m Mason and I’m the worship leader here at ACF. I’m a lifelong Alaskan, born and bred, and love this state I’ve always called home. I’ve been attending ACF since 2008, where I played on the worship team for years with Brian before he transitioned into his role as senior pastor. I stepped into the worship leader role in 2014 and it’s been full-speed ahead ever since! Best job I’ve ever had. I love getting to share my gifts and my passion for music with our church every week. I especially love the friendships and camaraderie that I strive to foster with everybody that serves on our worship and production teams. If you’re interested in serving, I’m always on the hunt for new people! Let’s see what we can make happen.

Alex Morse
Social Media Director

Hi, I’m Alex and I’ve been attending ACF ever since moving to Alaska in 2011. I joined the team as a staff member in March of 2017. I am responsible for our social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter). Our social media presence is an important first impression for many people and I’m passionate about telling ACF’s story online. I also oversee our Creative Team members, which include photographers, videographers, and graphic designers. If you are interested in helping me provide content through any of these avenues, contact me!

Amanda Hunter
Children’s Director

Hi! My name is Amanda and I am the Children’s Director here at ACF Church. My role is to oversee the Illuminate Kids ministry where we teach children about the Gospel and help them grow closer to Jesus. On Wednesday night and Sunday morning you can usually find me in the Illuminate Kids area. If we haven’t had a chance to meet yet, please stop and introduce yourself. I can’t wait to get to know you! I look forward to partnering with you to help your children have an amazing experience here at ACF!

Ryan and Jen Robison
Production Directors

Hi, I’m Ryan and I am serving as the Production Director here at ACF. I am the point of contact along with my beautiful wife, Jen, for all of the technology related areas such as sound, stage design and lighting, media and video production. We are passionate about production and creating the best environment possible for worship. I recently retired from the Air Force and moved back to Alaska to once again be a part of the ACF family. We are so excited to be here and would love to get to know you!

Hi, my name is Jen and I serve as volunteer staff in production alongside my husband, Ryan. We have two wonderful kiddos and absolutely love ACF and the great state of Alaska! I am currently overseeing video production and working on team development and training. If you are interested in joining the production team, we would love to have you (no experience required)! Email me for more information.

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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