MEET THE STAFF
Pastor Joe Smith
Interim Teaching Pastor
Joe and his wife, Tracey, have been married since 1987 and have 3 adult children. Before going to seminary he worked in law enforcement. He also does radio broadcasting. His passion is to live the principles and passions of the 1st Century Church through the service of visionary leadership, evangelistic mentoring, exemplified ministry, missions emphasis and equipping members for Kingdom service.
Pastor Gary Bearce
Missions and Administrative Pastor
Gary retired from full time missions work with the North American Missions Board and joined the CrossCountry staff in 2017. He has served in ministry in the local church and as Church Health Director for a state church convention before coming to Alaska. Gary and his wife Shirley have lived in Alaska since 2006. They have two grown children and 5 grandchildren.
Shirley joined the CrossCountry staff in 2017. She and her husband Gary moved to Alaska in 2006. She is a former School teacher and Church Preschool and Children's Director. She and Gary enjoy traveling, especially on mission trips, as well as walking and exploring in Alaska.
Pastor Stephen Shrimplin
Stephen and his wife, Dana, have been partners in marriage and ministry for 36 years. They first served with Youth for Christ in Kansas City, and then as youth/music leaders in 3 churches in Kansas before Stephen felt the call to attend Seminary. They moved to Wasilla in 2001, where Stephen served as Minister of Music, Interim Pastor, then Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church until October of 2020. Stephen currently teaches worship classes at Alaska Bible College and teaches private music lessons from home. Stephen and Dana have one grown son, Daniel.