THE REDEEMER STORY
Several years ago, God put the desire for a Reformed congregation on the hearts of several families in Alaska's Kenai Peninsula. In 2016, the Northwest Church Planting Network was connected to the group. NWCP Network committed to support the mission and introduced Andrew and Amy Allen. With the prayers and help of many people, Redeemer Presbyterian Church was planted in Kenai/Soldotna.
Andrew Allen was Redeemer's first pastor. The congregation grew in God's grace under Andrew's pastoral care for about two years. Then, a persistent cough and a series of tests led to a diagnosis of stage 4 lung cancer, although Andrew had never smoked and was otherwise in good health. Andrew and his family made the difficult decision to leave Redeemer and Alaska to be close to family and undergo treatment. Treatment continues with some good effect; his prognosis, however, hasn't changed.
Naturally, Redeemer has been heartbroken by this development. We understand that the purposes of God are a mystery to us. However, we have a firm confidence in God's goodness, even in sorrow and loss.
We covet your prayers for Andrew and his family. We also covet your prayers for Redeemer as we move forward in the hope God have given us for this church.
We continue to trust God's direction for Redeemer Presbyterian Church and our ministry in Kenai, Soldotna, and the Peninsula. Our worship and fellowship continue with a dedicated congregation. God continues to add to our numbers with people from the community and newcomers to the area. And we are blessed by ministers from the Northwest Presbytery and across the country who have responded to our need and are providing weekly preaching and sacramental care.
We are actively seeking a new pastor. If you would like information about the opportunity, please contact Rev. Michael Kelly.