Meet Our Staff

  • Andy Ekblad
    Senior Pastor

    Andy grew up in Mercer Island, WA in a large family. After high school Andy attended a Bible school in Sweden. It was there that God became personal, powerful, and real to Andy. Soon after Andy earned a bachelor’s degree in religion and missions at Seattle Pacific University where he also met his beautiful wife Mary. After a few years of travel and work Andy began graduate school at Regent College in Canada earning a Master of Divinity degree followed promptly by a Master in Theology degree from Princeton Seminary.  Andy was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in 1991. That same year he and Mary became parents and Andy began a six year pastorate at Wenatchee, WA. 

     

    The family moved to Fairbanks in August of 1997 to accept the position of Lead Pastor of FPC. Andy has a heart for the lost and the broken and he carries a passion to see lives changed by the transforming power of God’s Word and Spirit. 

    Andy and Mary now have two daughters, Hannah and Leah. Their eldest, Sarah, who suffered profound disabilities at birth, went to be with her Lord and Savior in the Spring of 2013, at the age of 22. 

     

    Andy loves the outdoors. He’s an avid hiker, skier, mountain biker, hunter, fisherman and racquetball player. He and Mary find great joy in their marriage and in being together in the beauty of God’s creation.

  • Dave Moody
    Associate Pastor of Outreach and Discipleship

    Rev. Dave Moody grew up in Wichita, KS, graduated from Baylor University, and attended seminary at Regent College. Before attending seminary, Dave and his wife Barb were on staff with Caleb Project, a mobilization agency focused on the world's least evangelized peoples. They served in N. India and Central Asia. Before coming to First Presbyterian Church in 2010, Dave was pastor of Trinity United Presbyterian Church in Sparta, IL. Dave and Barb have four children, Ian (Monica), Emma, Aidan and Liam. 

  • David McConnell-Booher
    Youth Director

    David McConnell-Booher is the Youth Director. David is originally from Texas, but has loved living in Alaska since December of 2009. David and Brenna were married in 2010. David loves to read, write, cook, play video games and is an avid Ultimate Frisbee player. His passions for ministry include mentoring, Gospel storytelling, Bible study and fellowship.

  • Til Beetus
    Office Manager

    Til was raised in Fairbanks and attended local schools. She earned her Information Technology degree from UAF in 2012. Her interests include travel, reading, helping others and entrepreneurship. She is the co-owner of an Interior errand business.

 

Ministry Teams & Leadership

Leadership at FPC is primarily the responsibility of church officers, the elders and deacons:

  • Church Officers: Coming Soon
  • Elders: along with the pastors, form the Session, which is responsible for decision-making in the areas of worship, Christian education, mission, personnel administration, finance, and facilities.
  • Deacons: Coming Soon

Those who have made a commitment to FPC by becoming a member may be nominated for church office. Terms are three years in length. New elders and deacons are elected by the congregation in the fall of each year.

 

 

Session Members and Ministry Team Leaders

Missions and Outreach Team

Rev. Dave Moody (temp)

Hospitality and Fellowship

Terry Reichardt

Worship Ministry Team

Rev. Dave Moody (temp)

Spiritual Formation & Christian Education

Ted Riggs, Michele Harpole

Facilities Team

Perry Schneider, Bill Beaudoin

Finance, Personnel & Stewardship

Brian Rozell

Congregational Care

Joyce Tapper, Donna Brewer

Clerk of Session

Dave Dreydoppel