Rev. Peter K. Perry is a United Methodist missionary currently assigned as senior pastor of St. John United Methodist Church, Anchorage, in the Alaska Missionary Conference.
St. John, one of the largest and most active congregations in the conference, traces its roots to a house church organized in 1960. By the mid-1990s it had more than 500 members. Today it is a multi-staff church with a wide variety of ministries serving the local community, the region, and the global church. The church’s website is http://stjohneagle.com.
Peter Perry, an ordained elder of the Desert Southwest Annual Conference, was appointed to St. John on July 1, 2010. In Alaska, he previously served congregations in Seward and Moose Pass, and spent 22 years as pastor of churches in Mesa, Sedona, Prescott, and Phoenix, Arizona.
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio and raised in The United Methodist Church, Rev. Perry felt his call to ministry as a young man. He earned a B.A. in history from Cal State University in Fullerton, California, and received his M.Div. from Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, California. He was ordained as an elder in 1987.
He credits his pastoral work in Arizona as helping to prepare him for ministry in Alaska. He says: “My experience in resort communities and in more rural communities in Arizona is that the church family becomes the extended family of people who are far from home, and that the longevity of the church is a stabilizing influence on communities in a constant state of flux.
“My ministries in Sedona and Prescott dealt with a lot of transitory people, people searching for a place to call home. Sometimes they found it and stayed for a while. Sometimes they didn’t. I find many such lives in transition here in Alaska. A vital part of ministry in Alaska is community building. Transitory population coupled with the relative isolation of communities in Alaska gives a sense of ‘togetherness’ to a faith community which serves as a launching pad for effective outreach to the larger community as well.”
Like other clergy, Peter finds that living and working in Alaska presents unique challenges. The state is twice the size of Texas, many parishes are difficult to reach, temperatures fluctuate dramatically, and the extremes of daylight and darkness (depending upon the time of year) add to the sense of stress and isolation. The church bears witness to the Creator, who bears the face of Christ and seeks to make disciples in His name.
Peter Perry loves to preach, sing, and join in Christian fellowship. He and his wife Karen have two grown children, David and Elizabeth. David works in the film and television industry in California and Elizabeth is a college student in New England.
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