The well-known Anchorage Baptist Temple, which was founded before Alaska Statehood, has adopted a new name: Mountain City Church. Anchorage Christian School will become Mountain City Christian Academy.
“The church will change its name to match its expanding vision – transforming every Alaskan with the salt, light, and love of Christ,” said Pastor Ron Hoffman. Throughout this past year, Pastor Hoffman has been casting the vision for all the congregants to be Christ-centered world changers, starting with reaching their neighbors, Anchorage, and all of Alaska with the Gospel.
In 1956 the church was planted as “Baptist Bible Church” on DeBarr Road. It grew and then moved to Northern Lights Blvd., and became Anchorage Baptist Temple under former Pastor Jerry Prevo. Through radio and TV ministry, ABT started reach all of Alaska, not just Anchorage.
“No, renaming the church will not erase the legacy,” Hoffman said. “This is a history we never want to forget.” He said the church will build a history wall as a way to remember where it came from and where it’s going.
But he explained that the word “temple” is now more associated with false religion today, and the church wants be be seen as a true place of worship.
For more information, visit the church’s new website at www.mountaincity.church or check it out on Facebook or Instagram @mtncity.church.
Read about Must Read Alaska’s interview with Pastor Hoffman and his mission to reach all Alaskans at this link: