We believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. We believe He died for our sins and on the third day rose again and that He ascended into heaven and He will come again in glory. We believe we are saved by his grace and we receive that gift through faith. And now we seek to be transformed more and more into His likeness so that we can glorify Him in every area of our lives and proclaim His good news to Anchorage and the world. For more details about what we believe you can read the traditional Anglican statement of faith, The Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion. We also recommend reading To Be a Christian: An Anglican Catechism.
How We Worship
As Anglican followers of Jesus, we’ve inherited a long heritage of many generations seeking to worship and serve Him. We’ve often done it beautifully, and we’ve often done it imperfectly. But our desire is to allow the truth of the gospel to work its way into every nook and cranny of our lives. To that end, we follow certain patterns of worship, called liturgy, that make sure our time together has a balance of conviction and grace, and of lifting up our praises to God and receiving Him in Word and Sacrament. We place a high value on reading the Bible together, having it applied to our lives through Scripture and celebrating the Lord’s Supper most Sundays. We mark time by following the rhythms of the church year. Our music is mostly traditional, but we also love to sing newer songs of praise.
How We Operate
St. Andrew’s belongs to the Diocese of Cascadia in the Anglican Church in North America. The chief pastor of our diocese is Bishop Kevin Bond Allen. Bishop Kevin is a gifted teacher and leader and shepherds all the congregations and clergy of the diocese. Our Rector (or pastor) is Seth Brooker. Fr. Seth is aided in the leadership of the parish by the Wardens and Vestry.
Fr. Seth Brooker is a native of Warren, PA and attended College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, MO and Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA. He has served parishes in Pennsylvania, California and New York. He’s married to Kathleen and they have five kids. Moving to Alaska was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream for him, and he and Kathleen are loving raising and homeschooling their children here.
He loves helping people grow in their walk with Christ and encouraging new leaders in the church. In his spare time he enjoys reading, hiking, hunting, fishing and shooting and taking his kids into the outdoors.