Meet Our Staff
- Andy EkbladSenior 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 MoodyAssociate 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-BooherYouth 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.
- Claire CherniawskiOffice Manager
Claire Cherniawski joined our staff in December 2016, shortly after moving to Alaska from Michigan. She has also lived in Rhode Island and Minnesota, and relocated to Fairbanks to explore the great Alaskan wild. She is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University in Business Management and Human Resources. Claire has a background in organizational development and office management. In her free time she enjoys being active, hiking, traveling, playing strategy board games, anything involving music, watching Michigan State and Detroit sports teams, reading and meeting new people! She is an avid coffee drinker and will always accept a cup of love. Claire is the first person you will see in our offices during the Monday-Friday work week. Stop by and say hi!
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
Worship Ministry Team
Rev. Dave Moody (temp)
Spiritual Formation & Christian Education
Ted Riggs, Michele Harpole
Perry Schneider, Bill Beaudoin
Finance, Personnel & Stewardship
Joyce Tapper, Donna Brewer
Clerk of Session