Pastor Gary and his wife Donna moved to Anchorage in July 2020 from Tennessee. They have three adult children and three grandchildren. Gary has been in pastoral ministry for over 25 years, serving in Tennessee and Alaska. As Pastor, he sees the need to reach, teach and disciple people. In his own words, he is excited for First Baptist Church as they "catch the vision and grow in the Lord. Seeing the members love God and love each other" is how the great need in Alaska will be filled.
Gary Moats | senior Pastor
David and kristi GAMBLE | Outreach MINISTRY DIRECTOR
David and Kristi Gamble have been with the NAMB since October 2011. They have been involved with First Baptist Church for a number of years. David and Kristi have been married for 32 years, have four children and five grandchildren. David is now the Outreach Ministry Director at FBC. He is also the NAMB Evangelism Catalyst, and the Acts 1 Missions Director, where he works with sister churches. Evangelism is David and Kristi’s passion and calling, and they are excited and hopeful for the future of evangelism at First Baptist Anchorage.
Dr. ron slepecki | discipleship ministry director
Ron and his wife Kyong have lived in Alaska for 27 years, and have made First Baptist Church their home for 3.5 years. They have an adult son. After serving 20 years in the US Air Force, Ron retired. He has also served as a pastor to children, youth, college and career, and to the elderly, in addition to serving in various other capacities in ministry. He is passionate about reaching the lost and teaching the saved. In his own words, he is "extremely enthusiastic about the future of First Baptist Church and feel that if we will make a concerted effort to be intentional together with a focus on community, we will see many bright years ahead."
DUSTIN AND AMBER GAMBLE | Youth Ministry directors
Dustin Gamble has lived and worked in Alaska for ten years. His wife, Amber, was born and raised here. They have two little girls. Dustin and Amber have been members of FBC for two years, and became the Youth Ministry Directors in June 2022. They met in a youth group, and as it grew, began working with the youth themselves. Dustin and Amber love working with the youth, and look forward to growing the youth group and seeing it thrive as FBC is revitalized.
justin Bennett | DEACON
Justin and his wife Chelly have lived in Alaska for fifteen years with their four adult sons. He has served as a deacon at First Baptist for nine years. Justin loves to spend time digging into and analyzing the background information for Bible subjects/stories. He has served as an adult Sunday School teacher and in Men's Ministry, and volunteers at the Sunday service at the Pioneer Home. Justin looks forward to seeing the continued growth and improved health of First Baptist Church.
kyle miller | Deacon
Kyle and his wife Steffanie are life long Alaskans and have five children. He has attended FBC since birth, and has been a member almost as long. Previously, he has been active in TV broadcast ministry, choir and praise team, and currently serves as a deacon. Kyle has a heart for people and enjoys being available to be used by God. In his own words, he is "excited to see our existing church members coming together and also for the new folks the Lord is leading to be part of our church. The connection and relationship we have also developed with other churches in our city and state brings me joy in anticipating how the Lord may use us to hopefully begin a transformation in our communities.
Mark dooley | Deacon
Mark and his wife Shirley have been married 49 years and have four children and seven grandchildren. He has served as Church Meeting Moderator since January 2020 and has served as a Deacon since March 2022. He desires to be "all in" where God is working and is passionate about meeting new people at church and helping them feel welcome. In his own words, "I'm excited about and for the Pastor's vision for this church. It will take all of us to accomplish the near term objectives. As one of Blackaby's Principles of the Body states, "Members of the body need every other member of the body."
JOSEPH TREKELL | MINISTRY ASSISTANT
Joseph, his wife Rachel, and their two daughters are life long Alaskans who have been involved in ministry for more than four years. He currently serves as a ministry support for the Pastor and is passionate about encouraging and helping others grow in their personal relationship with Christ. He sees the opportunity for First Baptist Church to be "a Christian influence in the downtown community of Anchorage, Alaska" and share "the gospel of Jesus Christ."