Dale and his wife, Frankie, have been on a journey growing together in marriage and ministry for 40+ years. Their hearts are tied together in a joint commitment to advance the Kingdom of God by investing in the training of men and women who want to grow in Christ.
Dale grew up on a farm in Ontario, Canada and Frankie grew up in South Carolina. They met in Bible College where they were trained for ministry: Dale as a pastor, Frankie as a math teacher.
Dale spent a summer in 1976, before his marriage, doing ministry in six villages on the Yukon River traveling on a riverboat called “God’s Fishwheel” (a ministry of Polar Evangelism in Fairbanks) with three other men. Through this experience God planted a call in his heart for serving Christ in Alaska. This calling has never dimmed through the years and still burns today.
Dale & Frankie fulfilled 11 years of pastoral ministry in “the lower 48” before they moved to Fairbanks with their three children in 1989 to lead a campus ministry at UAF, as well as pastor a congregation at Fairhill Community Church in Fairbanks. Since those wonderful years in Fairbanks, Dale also served as full-time lead pastor in Ottawa, Canada and then back to Eagle River, Alaska. For the last twelve years Frankie has worked as a Math teacher at Chugiak High School.
God has blessed their marriage with a “full quiver” of three children and eight grandchildren. Their oldest son, Brandon, is a pastor in Ontario, Canada. Their daughter, Angela, is a nurse and pastor’s wife in Quincy, Washington. Their youngest son, Blaine, is a mechanical engineer in Anchorage.
Because of Dale’s rural farming background he loves to see things grow. God has used that background to wire him with a passion to be a disciple-making pastor, to help people grow in a faith that is deeply rooted in an experiential awareness of the love of the Father. His heart beats to nurture people in “a faith that [only] works by love” (Galatians 5:6). He wants to help people discover that Jesus Christ has designed our discipleship to work by getting a taste of the love of God through the indwelling fullness of the Holy Spirit. We live for Christ, as a total way of life, by the overflow of a heart full of love, or by soul-delight, not by sin management or behavior modification.