We are SO excited to announce that Bailey Brawner will be joining our staff this summer as a Pastoral Intern. As Bailey continues in her seminary studies, this opportunity will give her more experience in the daily workings of church life including preaching, leading worship, pastoral care and visitation, as well as participating in our youth and children programming this summer. Feel free to send Bailey a note welcoming her home this summer: firstname.lastname@example.org
Leaders at St. John
Church Council is responsible for the overall vision and mission of St. John, sets priorities for ministry, evaluates ministry effectiveness and approves the budget.
First Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.
Chair: Marilyn Carpenter
Vice Chair: Amanda Henry
The Board of Trustees are the legal corporation of the church and responsible for care of the physical plant, insurance matter, building use policies and legal matters.
Third Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.
Chair: Hugh Miller
Staff-Parish Relations is our personnel committee and supervises the pastors, assists the superintendent in times of pastoral changes, gives guidance to the senior staff in their supervision of the administrative and program staff, reviews staffing policies, etc.
Second Thursday, 6:30 pm.
Chair: Von Cawvey
Finance Team is responsible for the day-to-day financial operations of the church. Creates the annual budget, authorizes special offerings and fundraisers.
Third Tuesdays, 6:30.
Chair: Craig Floerchinger
Worship Committee assists the pastors in planning worship, both weekly and special events, and the care and seasonal decoration of the sanctuary.
Chair: Teri Inch
Hospitality and Congregational Care extend the congregation’s love to our students and military living away from home, they sponsor an annual picnic at Camp Birchwood and an annual ice cream social. The team also creates welcoming spaces for all guests to St. John.
Chair: Linda Heim
Discipleship Ministry Team is tasked with developing and nurturing adult discipleship opportunities, also known as Worship+, including opportunities on Wednesdays and Sundays.
Chair: Benee Braden
Earth Stewardship works with the Trustees to help St. John be a green church. The committee advocate for responsible stewardship of God’s creation in our church, homes and wider community.
Third Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
Chair: Colleen Cosgriff
The LGBT Outreach Ministry Team extends the congregation’s ministry to the LGBTQ+ community and coordinates opportunities within the church to be welcoming to all persons.
First Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.
Chair: Art Carpenter
Children's Ministry Team works with the Christian Education staff in developing educational and fellowship ministries for our children. They meet monthly, time to be determined.
Chair: Erynne DeVore
Andy Bartel Lead Pastor
Andy and his wife Kate have returned to Alaska with their boys James and Angus after 10 years in the Dakotas.
Andy and Kate were heavily involved with Birchwood Camp, St. John’s youth group and as the Sunday evening music leader. The Bartel’s left Alaska for Andy to answer the call to ministry and attend seminary. He comes to St. John the recent former lead pastor of Central United Methodist Church in Milbank, South Dakota.
Pastor of Discipleship and Social Justice.
Nico recently graduated from Boston University School of Theology with a Master's of Divinity Degree in Global and Community Engagement and a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Transformation. He brings a deep passion and calling to work for justice and is excited to come alongside and work with St. John. Nico is a lifelong Washingtonian and his family currently resides in the Seattle-Tacoma area. He is very excited for the new adventures Alaska has to offer.
Robbie Brawner - Director of Youth Ministries
Robbie plans and organizes youth ministry at St. John, as well as the College Ministry and Young Adults. Before joining the church staff, Robbie was a volunteer youth leader for five years, and coordinator for Mini-Methodists and Children’s Choir. Robbie offers 20 years of childcare experience. She and her husband Nick have two daughters, Bailey who is headed to seminary at Boston University, and Allison who is attends University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Director of Children’s Ministries
As Director of Children’s Ministry, Erynne coordinates, implements and creates programming for children and their families. Prior to this position, Erynne has served on staff at St. John in a variety of ways since 2015.She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from UAA. Erynne has enjoyed working with newborns through high school aged children in the classroom, administratively, and as a church volunteer since she was a youth herself. Erynne is a lifelong Methodist who was baptized by her grandfather, Rev. Howard DeVore at St. John in 1986. She has two young daughters and they enjoy hiking, dancing, reading, and eating stale goldfish together.