About us

Pastor


Alan mCELROY

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

Deacons

Guy Mickel

Guy is a 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 Spurgeon

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.”

Music Director

Alan Macdonald

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

WCC Mission Statement

At White Cliff Church, we seek to glorify God as we walk together in Christian love, study the inerrant Scriptures, teach sound doctrine, lead our families, and proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ in Ketchikan and around the world.

WCC Vision Statement

We desire a healthy, biblically fed church who faithfully live out their faith by making disciples, study the Bible, lovingly hold each other accountable, proclaim the gospel in their community, and support mission work abroad.


Ministries

Praise Team

The White Cliff Church praise team seeks to lead the church in Christ centered, biblically sound, doctrinally rich, reverent congregational worship through song. Drawing from the best of old and new hymns, the team will give preference to simplicity over complexity, theologically robust lyrics over trite repetition, reverence over flippantness, and sincerity over emotionalism. The music will support the preaching of the Word, not have its own agenda or serve its own end. The praise team should be comprised of skilled members who strive for excellence in using their gifts, without treating worship as a performance. The worship leader will seek to establish a manageable list of solid hymns. In worship though singing, our ultimate aim is to please God over ourselves.

“Our emotions should be elevated by truths of the gospel rather than just the sweetness of the tune.” – R. Kent Hughes, The Pastors’ Book


Children's Ministry

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.


Small Groups

The small group ministry of White Cliff Church exists to disciple church members in a friendly casual setting. Our small groups teach sound doctrine, help members grow in the spiritual disciplines, pray together, spur one another on to good works, and hold one another accountable. 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.


You can read more about these statements at the following links

Church Covenant


By the grace of God, we have been led to repent of our sin and believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. We have confessed our faith and been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Now, therefore, in the presence of God and by His grace, we joyfully and solemnly enter into a holy covenant with one another, as one body of Christ.


We engage to walk together in Christian love through the power of the Holy Spirit. Unless providentially hindered, we will not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, but faithfully attend the church’s meetings for worship, prayer, study, and fellowship, and will use our spiritual gifts for the common good.


We will contribute cheerfully and regularly to this church for its general ministry and expenses, the relief of the poor, the cause of reformation and revival, and the spread of the Gospel throughout all nations. We will strive by God’s grace and power to live as Christ in the world; and denying ungodliness and worldly lusts we will seek to fulfill our calling to lead a holy life and to be salt and light.


We resolve to practice personal and family worship, to train our children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord, and to seek the salvation of our family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, acquaintances, and of all the world. We will be just and honest in our dealings and faithful in our responsibilities and commitments.


We will abide by the standards of sexual purity, ethical integrity, and spiritual fidelity as taught in the Bible. We will reject all heretical beliefs and practices, using Scripture as our final authority.


We purpose to watch over one another in brotherly love, to remember one another in prayer, to help one another in sickness and distress, and to cultivate Christian compassion and courtesy. Believing that the pursuit of peace with others and personal holiness accompany true faith in Christ, we will be slow to take offense, always eager to seek the reconciliation Christ commands, and will work to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.


We promise that if, in the providence of God, we leave this church we will diligently seek to unite with another church where we can continue to carry out the spirit and principles of God’s Word.