Pastor Alan became the lead pastor of White Cliff Church in 2020. He has a strong desire to see followers of Christ grow in their knowledge of God and his Word, discern their gifting, serve in the local church, and support taking the gospel to the nations. He is passionate about the inerrancy and sufficiency of Scripture and hopes to preach through every book of the Bible.
Pastor Alan holds a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Technology from Kansas State University and a Master of Divinity from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a former U.S. Paratrooper, served in the military a total of thirteen years (active and reserve), and has deployed overseas multiple times. Alan has served in leadership roles in the local church and other Southern Baptist ministries.
Pastor Alan is originally from Georgia but met his wife Sarah when he was stationed in Anchorage. In 2013 they were married outdoors in Alaska – in negative temperatures! Sarah, a Kansas native, taught math for two years in the village of St. Mary’s and five years in Anchorage. God graciously called both Sarah and Pastor Alan to himself after they met; they were baptized together and joined a local Southern Baptist church in Kansas in 2014. They have been blessed with four children: Hazel, Henry, J.B., and Liam.
Pastor Alan enjoys dating Sarah, spending time with their kids, and reading books. His interests include church history, theology, biblical backgrounds, and expository preaching.
And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
-1 Corinthians 2:1-5
Guy is a semi-retired former real estate broker and general contractor. He and his wife Helen have three adult children: Caleb, Janene, and Molly. Caleb and Molly live in Ketchikan with their families, and Janene lives in Washington. Guy is most likely to be found taking his friends and family fishing. His favorite Bible verse is Hebrews 6:19, “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul firm and secure.”
Dennis moved to Alaska in 1963 with his family and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1968-1973. He is a volunteer firefighter for the South Tongass Fire department and an EMT 3. Dennis likes to tinker in his garage, and like most Alaskans, he loves to fish. Dennis and his wife Kathy have been married for 49 years. Both are retired and enjoy spending time with their five children and twelve grandchildren. Dennis’s favorite Bible verse is John 15:13, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”
Alan is a lifelong Alaskan and recent transplant to Ketchikan. A welder by trade, he enjoys cooking for himself and others during his free time. He also is passionate about hiking, reading, all things Scotland, and diving deep into God’s word. His goal is to facilitate worship at White Cliff Church in a way that magnifies the glory of God.
The most impactful verse in his walk has been Romans 12:1-2, "I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."
Mission and Vision Statements
White Cliff Church is dedicated to teaching and discipling the next generation of Christians with instruction faithful to the Bible. We offer nursery for newborn through preschool. Some parents chose to keep their children in the sanctuary though the sermon. At WCC, families are free to choose. All of our team have passed a Ministry Safe background check and there is always more than one worker present with the children.
Community groups are a small group ministry that meets throughout the week at different homes in our community. Our community groups are a great way to connect on a more intentional level with fellow members, pray for one another, and learn about the Christian faith. At White Cliff Church, we encourage all members to participate in a community group. To view the different groups, check out our weekly meetings on the home page.
What We Believe
White Cliff Church affirms the Holy Bible as the very Word of God and the only authoritative rule for faith and practice. White Cliff Church adopts The Baptist Faith and Message 2000, The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy, The Danvers Statement, and The Nashville Statement as its official statements of faith.