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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 900 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.

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 roll 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.

Nate Adams
Visual Storyteller

Hi, I’m Nate and I’m the visual story teller here at ACF Church. I’m responsible for the video or graphics you see on Sunday morning or in the advertising you see out in the community. I also love telling stories how God is on the move in our lives. If you have a story to tell, hit me up with an email. I would love to tell your story. After all, what’s the point of a story if it can’t be told.

Wendy Jacobsen
Office Manager

Hi and thanks for checking out more about our leadership team here at ACF!  My name is Wendy and I am known as the Office Manager around ACF.  My role is to make sure the right hand is talking to the left and assisting with anything and everything in between.  I serve along side Angela in the office and you can find me welcoming you to our services on Wednesday night or Sunday mornings. I look forward to meeting you and helping you have an excellent experience at ACF.

Mary Scott
Illuminate Kids Director

Hi! I’m Mary, Illuminate Children’s Director.  On any Sunday morning you’ll find me hanging out downstairs with your kids, leading them in worship, telling a story, or teaching them in their classroom.  I would love to help you get your kids plugged in and look forward to seeing you this Wednesday evening or Sunday morning!

Angela Randall
Ministry Support

I’m Angela and I offer ministry support to the staff at ACF Church. On Sunday mornings you’ll find me behind the Engage table in the lobby where I can answer just about any question you might have about our ministries at ACF. I’m also the person in the office during the week, so if you stop by or call with any questions, you’ll be talking with me. I hope to see you on Wednesday or Sunday.

Mason Venhaus
Worship Leader
Alex Morse
Social Media Director

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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