Korean Presbyterian Church

Fairbanks

 The Rev. Gene Straatmeyer, pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Fairbanks, learned in 1976 that Korean people were forming a Presbyterian Church in Anchorage.

“At the fall Presbytery meeting in 1976, they petitioned to have a church organized and it was granted. This looked like an exciting new possibility for Fairbanks, too,” Straatmeyer later recalled.

“I asked the Korean lay minister from Anchorage to come to Fairbanks for a preaching mission, and we set it up for November. I inquired around town about Korean people, but couldn't find any. So, the night came when Mr. Park arrived at the church to preach. The appointed time of the service was 8:00 p.m. At 8:00 p.m., no one was there. Mr. Park went into the sanctuary to pray. I paced the foyer. At 8:15 p.m., five Koreans appeared, but two left immediately. Mr. Park started preaching to the three. Within an hour, fifteen were present.

“In the summer of 1977, they (the Koreans) began worshiping regularly in our sanctuary and in the fall of 1977 they petitioned Presbytery to be organized as the First Korean Presbyterian Church of Fairbanks....”

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