Baxter Road Bible Church is an independent Bible church located in Anchorage Alaska. First and foremost we exist to help people come into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. We look to the Bible for guidance in our daily lives, for discovering what God expects of us as his sons and daughters, and for help in overcoming the problems we all face in this life.
Our desire is to be known as, “A place where people come to know Christ and people who already know Christ come to know Him better." We strive to provide Biblically relevant teaching about God’s directions for our lives so we can understand and live lives that are spiritually satisfying and full of significance.
Along with the opportunity to grow spiritually at Baxter Road Bible Church, there are opportunities to build meaningful relationships, and opportunities to serve. We're constantly working to be a place where no one feels left out, a place where everyone can have a sense of belonging, and a place where needs for spiritual growth and fellowship are met.
Senior Pastor John Carpenter
Vision For Ministry: "God has called me to faithfully learn more and more about Him and His ways, and in love, grace and humility, share that understanding with others, helping them to become the disciples of Christ God has called them to be."
Family Info: John has been married to Kelley since 1997. They have one son, Sam.
Would You Believe?: John carried the 1996 Olympic flame for one kilometer along its route to the Atlanta Summer Olympics. He was terrified he would fall and drop the flame in front of thousands of people. Mercifully, he finished his leg of the torch run without incident.
Vision For Ministry: "To inspire others within the walls of the church building to BE the Church, and find a way to use the passions God has given them to carry the Gospel outside the walls, into the world."
Family Info: Grant has been married to Araceli (Sally) since 1992. They have two children, Harleigh and Grant, Jr.
Would You Believe?: Grant rides several thousand miles each year with the motorcycle ministry Black Sheep Harley-Davidsons for Christ.
Associate Pastor, Pastoral Care
Vision For Ministry: "To see every member connected and cared for. To see those outside our family feel received and loved and to feel they have a place where they belong."
Family Info: Frank has been married to Mona for over 38 years. They have 3 amazing adult children, Nicole, Garrett, and Taylor. They have 3 incredible granddaughters Alyssa, Braelyn, Brooklyn and 1 grandson, Taj, on the way.
Would You Believe?: Frank served 3 years in the Army National Guard as a Military Policeman and 4 years in the Air National Guard as a Security Policeman.
Associate Pastor, Youth & Young Adults
Vision For Ministry: "To come alongside parents and to help them equip their children in godliness. To help students grow to love Jesus Christ, love people and make disciples."
Family Info: Erik is married to Brittany. They have two sons and two daughters; Chicago, Russell, Aurora and Pearl.
Would You Believe?: Erik is a Chicago Bears fan who enjoys vacuuming.
Children's Ministry Director
Vision For Ministry: "To help everyone I can come to know Christ and to grow in their faith. My heart is to reveal Christ through actions, words, and life in general. I love to help others go deeper in their faith and I enjoy when the “light-bulb” of truth turns on in them. I believe that children touch the heart of God and we are here to help them to grow in the knowledge of Christ and have fun while we do it."
Family Info: Renee is married to James. They have two married daughters, Danielle and Delana, and have been blessed with two sons-in-law, Noah and Darian.
Would You Believe?: Renee has visited privately with a King and Queen in their Palace.
Children's Ministry Assistant
Vision for Ministry: "I seek to help children recognize the voice of the Lord and understand and apply His Word to their lives, to support my fellow workers in their ministries, and to be a source of encouragement and strength for the lonely, brokenhearted, struggling, and weary."
Family Info: Rebekah has been married to David since 2001. They have four children, three of whom have special needs.
Would You Believe?: Rebekah once rode a bicycle balanced on a rope suspended thirty feet in the air (counterbalanced and over a net). Despite this and dozens of other insane attempts to get rid of her fear, she is still terrified of heights.
Vision For Ministry: "I want to demonstrate Christ's love and respect to everyone I meet. I want all people, especially our young future generations, to know that they are valuable, loved, and important no matter what they think of themselves or have been told about themselves."
Family Info: Harleigh lives with her husband, Kenner, their 11 pets, Beans, Kiwi, Anna-Kat, Oreo, Hermione, Squirtle, Wartortle, Blastoise, Pudge, Toby, and Pete, as well as an occasional backyard moose. One day they'd like to live in a house with a big back yard and room for more rescue animals!
Would You Believe?: Harleigh makes the world's best chocolate cake.