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Curtis – Carrie – Alaska (Appointee)


BIRTHDAY
November 30

Carrie grew up in the heart of Wyoming and got saved at the young age of 5. Ever since then she has wanted others to know the joy of having Christ as their Savior like she has, and after reading many missionary biographies she wanted to become a missionary.

After attending Alaska Bible College, Carrie believed God wanted her to step out by faith and go into missionary aviation training with Kingdom Air Corps. She therefore moved to Alaska in 2015. Still knowing that being a pilot was not all God wanted her to do, Carrie wanted to use everything that God had given her now 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! and to be involved with encouragement and support to InterAct’s staff and like-minded ministries in Alaska. Philippians 1:20-21

Carrie is based at the Lazy Mountain Campus in Palmer, Alaska with her ministry dog, Max.

Curtis – Toby and Cherie – Alaska (Appointees)


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

Toby and Cherie Curtis 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. They have been blessed with two beautiful daughters who are now adults. After starting and operating two small businesses, God called them to the mission field of Zambia, Africa in 2014. They sold their business, raised support and spent 3 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.

Dalton – Aaron and Tisha – Alaska


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

Aaron and Tisha Dalton are seeking to bring the Hope of Christ among Alaska Native people by making reproducing disciples and strengthening the local Church. 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. After working with Tanalian Bible Camp for the last three years, they are currently in transition to move to Grayling, Alaska serving as village missionaries with InterAct.

DeVries – Jonathan and Amy – Alaska (Appointees)


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 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 flight instruct for a few weeks. The two hit it off as both of their visions for ministry lined right 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 school debt. They now have two kids, Benaiah and Charese.

Jonathan and Amy seek to be the member support for InterAct. Jonathan will be heading up InterAct’s aviation program while living in Anchorage. They will use their home as a pitstop where people can rest and regroup and will help gather supplies around town. They will continue serving as leaders of SonRise Community Church. Above all, Jonathan and Amy seek to equip and encourage the missionaries of InterAct.

Horsman – Steve and Jill – Alaska


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

Steve and Jill both came into a personal relationship with God while in high school. They met in 1975 and were married in 1976 in Rockford, Illinois. Steve’s educational focus has been in counseling, general ministry, and missions. Jill’s focus had been education and leadership. She graduated with a MA of leadership from Trinity Western University in 2008. They began ministry when they joined the staff at Timber-Lee Christian Center in Wisconsin and began a ministry focus on relational discipleship and program development. While in Wisconsin they planted the Southern Lakes Evangelical Free Church, along with a team of other individuals. 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 to Alaska in 2013 to be a part of reaching the unreached through strategic partnerships and collaboration. Their focus is on equipping, facilitating, and networking. They currently coordinate the LEaD Alaska discipleship program and EnGage! Alaska. Visit the Horsmans’ website.

Paull – Ron and Jean – Alaska


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

Jean and Ron met over 54 years ago, married and now have 4 children and 12 – almost 13 grandchildren. They 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. Since that time Alaska has become their preferred earthly home. After 9 years on the Island they served a stint with a support ministry. Sensing a pull back to rural pastoral ministry they accepted a call to pastor in the Native Community of Kluti-Kaah and Copper Center Alaska where they currently reside. At 70-something they have no plans to retire and hope to finish their life of ministry among the Ahtna people of the Copper Center area.

Richardson – Dennis and Celesta – Alaska


BIRTHDAYS
Dennis: July 16th
Celesta: May 25th
ANNIVERSARY
November 26th, 1988

Dennis and Celesta are currently in Anchorage where Dennis serves as the missionary-pastor of Sonrise Community Church (SCC). SCC is a unique reflection of the urban area with ministries focused on addressing the needs of the local community. In addition to two Sunday morning worship services, which include children’s church, coffee drinks, and a hot meal, there is also a Tuesday evening Kids for Christ Club for K-6th graders and a mid-week adult Bible study. Each month a bi-weekly Food Shelf ministry provides basic food staples for approximately 120 families who are having a difficult time making ends meet. Dennis is also a NANC certified counselor and provides Biblical counseling for individuals and families within the church as well as the Anchorage community.

Ross – Alan and Linda – Alaska


BIRTHDAYS
Alan: September 26th
Linda: December 12th
ANNIVERSARY
December 27th, 1970

Alan and Linda met in 1965 while both were attending Vancouver Bible Institute/College. They married in 1970. Alan is from Gabriola island off the British Columbia coast and Linda from Kenai, Alaska. 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 doing Hearts Going Towards Wellness conferences which address personal struggles in a person’s life from a Biblical perspective. They have three adult children - Jonathon who is married to Leanndra Bergeron, Rebekah who is married to Eric Tourbin, and Richard who is married to Jennifer Ortman.

Watts – Bryan and Brandy – Alaska (Volunteers)


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 both 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 to share the love of Jesus with this age group. They have six children, Alyssa, Avery, Hunter, Alyanna, Emily, and Gracie. Bryan attended Alaska Bible College for two years where he studied the Bible. Brandy graduated from Liberty University with a M.A. in Christian Ministry in 2016. They are so excited to be able to serve God in Alaska.

Zook – Tim and Larissa – Alaska (Volunteers)


BIRTHDAYS
Tim: October 3rd
Larissa: October 17th
Merrick:
Elliot:
Reuben:
ANNIVERSARY
September 24th, 2005

Tim and Larissa are both passionate about young people and have a special love for the Native youth of Alaska. They have been serving 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 important to them. Their children accompany them on mission trips with the youth group, occasional youth outreach events and in their home as young people regularly come to visit. Their sons are Merrick, Elliot and Reuben.

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