Living and working in Alaska has its unique challenges. The Alaska United Methodist Conference covers an area twice the size of Texas and has 27 churches and 4000 members. Some of the mission stations can only be reached by boat, plane, or dog sled. Temperatures can vary as much as 160 degrees in some areas .The extremes of day light and darkness (depending upon the time of year) add to the sense of stress and isolation. Alaska is uniquely beautiful and depressing. With over 600,000 persons who call Alaska home, the church bears witness to the Creator who bears the face of Christ and seeks to make disciples in His name.
Prior to his present appointment, Rev. Doepken was pastor of The United Methodist of The New Covenant in Kenai, Alaska(1997-2000); and Trinity United Methodist Church, Frankfort, Indiana (1994-1997).
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, Jim and his wife, Julie, who is also a missionary, are parents to one son, Samuel, and twin daughters Mariah and Susannah. Rev. Doepken is the son of Betsy and Tony Doepken who reside in Zionsville, Indiana, where they attend Zionsville United Methodist Church.
A member of the North Indiana Conference, James was ordained to the ministry in June of 1993, and was commissioned as a missionary in June of 1998. He holds a B.A. from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana (1991), and a M. Div. from Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina(1994).
James Doepken is available for Covenant Relationship support in Indiana Annual Conference .
Make an online donation to: James Doepken #931464.
- Missionary Support Code: 931464
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- Email: Chapel@girdwood.net
- Last update: 11/02