Pastor Jack Phelps:
Jack Phelps has been the Pastor of Covenant Bible Church since April, 1984. Originally licensed to preach the Gospel by Victorville Bible Church in 1973, he was ordained to the Christian ministry in August, 1984.
Pastor Phelps undertook his baccalaureate studies in geology at San Diego State College and Portland State University. He received his theological training at Multnomah School of the Bible, earning a ThB (major in English Bible and minor in Koine Greek) in 1978. While at Multnomah, he read extensively in the writings of B.B. Warfield, Charles Hodge, E.J. Young, Louis Berkhof and R.J. Rushdoony. This convinced him to leave dispensationalism and embrace covenant theology.
An Air Force veteran of the Vietnam war, Phelps has worked as a miner, a logger, a mechanic, a journalist, as professional staff for the Alaska State House of Representatives and the United States Senate and as an adviser to four Alaska governors.
Pastor Phelps is the author of Baptism: Two Vital Questions (Seventh Trumpet Books, 1990), How Home Schooling Will Change America (Seventh Trumpet Books, 1994) and Against Education Vouchers (Canon Press, 1994). He is currently working on a major study of the seven deadly sins and commentaries on I Corinthians and the Psalms of Asaph. He has been married to Debra (nee Howell) since 1970. They have 5 children and 18 grandchildren.
In the autumn of 2008, Pastor Phelps was elected Presiding Minister of the CREC Council. He served a 3 year term and was reelected in 2011 to a second term. He will preside until October, 2014.
Elder Jerry Allsup:
Gerald Allsup has been a member of CBC since 1991 and was ordained by the Session of Covenant Bible Church in August, 2009. Gerald moved to Alaska when he was sixteen. He is the owner of Dominion Propeller Corporation, a company which has been servicing and selling aircraft propellers for Alaska’s aviation industry for more than thirty years. Gerald met his wife Melissa 28 years ago and they have 9 children (six girls and three boys). He and Melissa have home-schooled all their children, 5 of whom have graduated. Gerald served as a board member of Alaska Private and Home Educators Association from 1995 to 2000 and was President from 1998 to 2000.
Though Gerald has not graduated from a Bible College or Seminary, he has read and studied the works of John Calvin, Cornelius Van Til, R. J. Rushdoony, Francis Schaeffer, Greg Bahnsen, Jay Adams, Gary North, Benjamin B. Warfield, Herman Bavinck, Charles Spurgeon, Alfred Edersheim, and other theologians. He enjoys studying the Scriptures.
Elder Craig Mischenko:
Craig Mischenko has been a member of CBC since 1991 and was ordained by the Session in May, 2012. Craig is a life-long Alaskan. He and his wife Grace have been married since 1994 and have 8 children (seven boys and one girl). They are both homeschool graduates and are continuing the tradition by homeschooling all of their children – the first of whom graduated in 2012. Craig has served as a board member of Alaska Private and Home Educators Association since 2001 and has served as President several times, most recently from 2011-2012.
Craig attended Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan for his baccalaureate studies from 1990-1995. After completing his studies in Michigan, he and Grace returned to Alaska where he has maintained a career in IT and software development. Craig’s biblical and theological training have come through the ministry of Covenant Bible Church and independent study.
Deacon Steve Howe:
Steve Howe was ordained to serve as a Deacon of Covenant Bible Church in 2011. A second generation Alaskan, he was born in Anchorage, but spent much of his childhood in California, Oregon and Washington. He returned to Alaska permanently at the age of 18.
Steve has worked as a warehouseman, truck-driver, draftsman, and, since 1995, a right-of-way agent for the Alaska Department of Transportation and for a major electric cooperative.
Steve and his wife, Sherry, were married in 1970. After the birth of their first child, they were drawn back to the church. They attended Sand Lake Baptist Church and Bethany Baptist Church for several years. They were providentially introduced to Jack Phelps and Reformed theology and joined Covenant Bible Church in 1990.
They have three grown children, four grandchildren and a great-grandson, all of whom live within range for frequent, happy, family gatherings.