Alaska

Alaska

Carrie Curtis

BIRTHDAY November 30

Carrie grew up in the heart of Wyoming and got saved at the young age of five. Since then, she has wanted others to know the joy of having Christ as their Savior. After reading many missionary biographies, she desired to become a missionary.

After attending Alaska Bible College, Carrie believed God wanted her to step out by faith and pursue missionary aviation training with Kingdom Air Corps. She moved to Alaska in 2015. Still knowing that being a pilot was not all God wanted her to do, Carrie wanted to use everything God had given her for His glory.

After much prayer and searching, she found that it was InterAct to which God was leading her. Carrie seeks to serve in recruitment for EnGage! (InterAct’s internship program) and be involved with encouragement and support for InterAct’s staff and like-minded ministries in Alaska. Philippians 1:20-21. Currently, Carrie serves at the Lazy Mountain Campus in Palmer, Alaska, with her ministry dog, Max.

Alaska

Toby & Cherie Curtis

BIRTHDAYS
Toby: July 19
Cherie: August 25
ANNIVERSARY: June 9

Toby and Cherie met at Alaska Bible College in 1989. Toby was from Wisconsin and Cherie was an Alaskan from north of Fairbanks. They married in the summer of 1990 and are blessed with two beautiful adult daughters. After starting and operating two small businesses, God called them to the mission field of Zambia, Africa, in 2014. They sold their company, raised support and spent three years serving at an orphanage in the Copper Belt region of northern Zambia. Toby and Cherie worked with farming, small business training, project development, teen mentoring and helping with a bush church plant near the Congo border. In 2020, God brought them off the African field and back to Alaska, where they were called to join InterAct Ministries at Lazy Mountain in Palmer as ministry coordinators.

 

Alaska

Aaron & Tisha Dalton

BIRTHDAYS
Aaron: July 11
Tisha: June 22
ANNIVERSARY: June 30

Aaron grew up in Santa Barbara, CA and graduated from LeTourneau University in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Missionary Aviation. Tisha was born and raised in Palmer, AK. She has worked in Galena and Port Alsworth with Alaska Native people. Aaron and Tisha met at Kingdom Air Corps, where Aaron was volunteering as a pilot mechanic, and Tisha was working on flight training. They were married during their three years of working at Tanalian Bible camp, then moved to Grayling with InterAct Ministries in August 2020. There they pastor the local church body and seek to bring the hope of Christ among Alaska Native people by building relationships and making reproducing disciples. Being the granddaughter of retired InterAct missionaries Gale and Jean Van Diest, Tisha is the second generation of Van Diests to work among Alaska Native people in Grayling.
Alaska

Matt & Lisa Derr

BIRTHDAYS
Matt: February 29th
Lisa: February 9th
Emma: June 24th
ANNIVERSARY: November 25th

Matt and Lisa serve with InterAct, pastoring at First Native Baptist Church in Anchorage, Alaska. Lisa is also a nurse and Director of the Mother/Baby Unit at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. The Derrs have one daughter.

Alaska

Jonathan & Amy DeVries

BIRTHDAYS
Jonathan: September 17
Amy: September 23
Benaiah: November 27
Charese: September 1
ANNIVERSARY: April 23

Jonathan and Amy DeVries’ mission is to glorify God by reaching the least-reached people groups of Alaska through aviation, hospitality and missionary support. They met at Kingdom Air Corp in Alaska in the summer of 2015. Amy was volunteering for the summer, and Jonathan came to teach flying for a few weeks. The two hit it off as both of their visions for ministry lined up. Ten months later, they were married. The next several years were spent in Anchorage, building experience in aviation and logistics while paying off the last of their school debt.

Jonathan and Amy now serve with InterAct as member support, with Jonathan heading up InterAct’s aviation program while living in Anchorage. The DeVries family uses their home as a pitstop where people can rest, regroup and gather supplies around town. They also serve as leaders of SonRise Community Church (a multicultural church in Anchorage). Above all, Jonathan and Amy seek to equip and encourage the missionaries of InterAct.

Alaska

Marcus Gerber

Marcus Gerber was born and raised in Bluffton, IN and graduated from Moody Bible Institute. He works as an engineer for KJ Sales & Engineering. He is also a board member for Church Multiplication Resource Center, Inc., a ministry that strives to equip and support pastors and missionaries in Liberia, Africa. He joined InterAct Ministries in 2020, and he spends his time renovating and maintaining InterAct Alaska’s buildings and properties. Marcus also works with the men of the LEaD Program and organizes activities for the children on InterAct’s Lazy Mountain Campus. He also enjoys hiking, exploring nature, and spending time with his friends and family

Alaska

Steve & Jill Horsman

BIRTHDAYS
Steve: May 29th
Jill: October 11th
ANNIVERSARY: October 9th, 1976

Steve and Jill came into a personal relationship with God while in high school. They met in 1975 and were married in Rockford, Illinois, a year later. Steve’s educational focus has been in counseling, ministry and missions. Jill’s focus had been in education and leadership. She graduated with a M.A. of leadership from Trinity Western University in 2008. After joining the staff at Timber-Lee Christian Center in Wisconsin, they began a ministry focus on relational discipleship and program development. While in Wisconsin, they were a part of the team that planted the Southern Lakes Evangelical Free Church. In 1989 they joined InterAct and ministered in Alaska for two years and then transitioned to Canada, where they were blessed to live among the Chilcotin nation for twenty-one years. The Horsmans transitioned back to Alaska in 2013 to focus on equipping, facilitating and networking. Steve serves as the Alaska field director overseeing and leading the field. Jill serves as his assistant and works on ministry program development and implementation. Both also coordinate EnGage! Alaska and serve as Directors for LEaD Alaska, a residential discipleship ministry. Visit the Horsmans’ website.

Alaska

Jordan & Jessica Martin

BIRTHDAYS
Jordan: January 31
Jessica: September 14
Mason: July 28
Nolan: July 26
Liam: September 17
Evrit: October 7
Asher: April 13
Harper: November 5
ANNIVERSARY: October 13

Jordan and Jessica grew up on the same street, went to school together from elementary through high school, and were married in 2007. They served with Ethnos Canada Indigenous Ministries for a short time, working with indigenous people under the title of Indigenous Church Engagement. They have five children and began a new role in 2021 with InterAct in Ruby, Alaska. The Martins will be working alongside Native believers and long to see a thriving church with believers who are growing ever closer to the Lord.

Alaska

Ron & Jean Paull

BIRTHDAYS
Ron: July 18
Jean: June 18
ANNIVERSARY: July 6

Jean and Ron met in 1967, married and have four children and 13 grandchildren. Both hail from New England but moved West and lived 30 years in Montana. They entered full-time ministry in 1993 after Ron graduated from Denver Seminary. In 2006 they answered the call to pastor a small church in a remote village on Kodiak Island, Alaska. Since that time, Alaska has become their preferred earthly home. After nine years on the island, they served a stint with a support ministry. In 2020, they joined InterAct, sensing a call back to rural pastoral ministry at Copper Center Community Chapel in the Alaska Native community of Kluti-Kaah in Copper Center, Alaska. Now in their 70s, they have no plans to retire and hope to finish their life of ministry among the Ahtna people of the Copper Center area.

Alaska

Chad & Andrea Peterson

BIRTHDAYS
Chad: January 3
Andrea: January 7
Matthew: June 13
Zoey: October 24
David: May 14
ANNIVERSARY: November 2

Chad and Andrea seek to make disciples through intimate relationships with the Alaska Natives of Copper Center, AK. Both Chad and Andrea were saved at a young age and developed a heart for missions before they knew each other. Andrea had been praying for God to show her where He wanted her to serve, and Chad had lived in a small village north of the Arctic Circle for a few months, where he developed a heart for the Native people of Alaska. After meeting in February 2013, they fell in love with each other’s hearts for serving God. They were married by November of that year and now have three beautiful children. In 2016 they began working towards their dream and goal of reaching the people of Alaska through InterAct. In August 2021, the Petersons arrived on the field in Copper Center.

Alaska

Dennis & Celesta Richardson

BIRTHDAYS
Dennis: July 16th
Celesta: May 25th
ANNIVERSARY: November 26th

Dennis and Celesta met in Alaska while serving with InterAct Ministries. They were married in 1988 and served as church planters in the village of Grayling, Alaska. Since 2004, Dennis has served as the missionary-pastor of SonRise Community Church (SCC). SCC is a unique reflection of the urban area with ministries addressing the local community’s needs. As a certified biblical counselor, Dennis provides biblical counseling for individuals and families in the church as well as the Anchorage community. Celesta is involved in the music ministry, sharing her heart and home in discipleship ministry and can put together a great Sunday meal for the whole church.

Alaska

Alan & Linda Ross

BIRTHDAYS
Alan: September 26th
Linda: December 12th
ANNIVERSARY: December 27th

Alan is from Gabriola island off the British Columbia coast and Linda from Kenai, Alaska. Alan and Linda met in 1965 while both were attending Vancouver Bible Institute/College. They married in 1970. After completing the Missionary Development Program with InterAct, they were accepted as career missionaries in 1971, arriving in Alaska in 1973. They served on the Canadian field 10 years before moving to Kodiak in 1987 to begin a ministry among the Alutiiq people and others, called “Kodiak Native New Life Fellowship.” In June 2013, they moved to Kenai, Alaska, on the mainland to continue working with Alaska Freedom Journey and leading Hearts Going Towards Wellness conferences which address personal struggles in life from a biblical perspective. They have four adult children.

ALASKA

Win & Gracia Stiefel

BIRTHDAY
Win: November 15
Gracia: June 8
Anniversary: June 18

Win and Gracia grew up in Minnesota and taught school in bush Alaska. After Win’s retirement, they volunteered with SEND, a mission organization in Glenallen, Alaska. They moved to Siberia as independent missionaries and served alongside InterAct missionaries. In 2002 they joined InterAct and moved to Sakha, where Win helped with administrative duties, and Gracia ministered to women and children. They returned to Alaska in 2006 to live in the Copper Center area, where Gracia researched culture and worldviews to prepare culturally relevant Bible study materials. They now live in Palmer, Alaska, at the Lazy Mountain Campus, serving on the campus in hospitality, mentoring, and helping as needed with LEaD. They still maintain friendships in Copper Center.

Alaska

Bryan & Brandy Watts

BIRTHDAYS
Bryan: August 9th
Brandy: October 20th
Alyssa: June 3rd
Avery: March 4th
Hunter: September 8th
Alyanna: February 25th
Emily: November 28th
Gracie: March 3rd
ANNIVERSARY: June 17th

Bryan and Brandy grew up in South Carolina, where they met in high school. They were married shortly after graduating in 2000. They have both worked in children’s and youth ministry for several years and have a passion for sharing the love of Jesus with this age group. They have six children. Bryan attended Alaska Bible College for two years, where he studied the Bible. Brandy graduated from Liberty University with an M.A. in Christian Ministry in 2016. They serve through InterAct as volunteers, leading the children’s ministries for the annual conference and connecting with Alaska Native believers in the area.

Alaska

Tim & Larissa Zook

BIRTHDAYS
Tim: October 3rd
Larissa: October 17th
Merrick: January 15th
Elliot: January 13th
Reuben: October 10th
ANNIVERSARY: September 24th

Tim and Larissa are both passionate about young people and have a special love for the Native youth of Alaska. They have served as volunteers through InterAct in the Fairbanks Native Bible Church as youth leaders for over fifteen years. Knowing God has called them to demonstrate to the youth what it means to live in this world and still be a light for Christ, they choose to work regular jobs to support their family. All financial support sent to their ministry goes directly to youth outreach reimbursement. Serving as a family is essential to them. They have three sons who serve with them on mission trips, youth outreach events and in their home as young people regularly come to visit.

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