Derek Dickinson


My wife, Dellie, and I are in our 50’s and have been married over 20 years. We have been blessed with five delightful children: Joseph, Jack, Maria, Tony, and Henry.

I (Derek) became a Christian at an early age and rededicated myself to the faith during my years as a business major at Taylor University after a time of searching for logical reasons to believe the Bible’s claims about Jesus Christ. My wife has taken a more unique road to faith that requires more than one cup of coffee to tell, but was finally baptized while in graduate school earning her master’s degree in counseling. It was while we were in graduate school at Cincinnati Bible Seminary that we met, fell in love and were married. I was working on two degrees in theology and one in education, but more importantly was storing ice cream in Dellie’s freezer just down the hall. We got to know each other over ice cream and the rest is history.

I have served as a minister for over 20 years; first in Kentucky and then in Indiana, and am currently involved in growing Journey Christian Church. Dellie worked as a therapist at St. Francis Hospital for five years (prior to that was in private practice), and currently has a private practice here in Fairbanks as a Licensed Professional Counselor. In July of 2003, we left Indiana and enjoyed a once in a lifetime trip across the country from Indianapolis to Fairbanks, Alaska to start a new congregation – Journey Christian Church.

We would love the opportunity to get to know you and invite you to join us as we continue the exciting new adventure of Journey Christian Church!

Natasha Cookman

Children's Ministry Director 

Evan and Natasha have been married for eight years and have two kids and a loveable goofball dog. Natasha graduated from Simpson University with a BA in General Ministry and a minor in Bible and Theology in 2009. Serving in youth camps as a counselor and writing curriculum, she has also ministered to children in both church and secular positions. Natasha loves to teach the word of God to littles and adults alike. Their family is extremely excited to come and serve Journey Christian! 

Kelsey Wikowsky

Children’s Ministry Assistant

Kelsey has eight years of experience teaching and caring for preschool children. She has associates degrees in Early Childhood Education and Biblical Knowledge. She is married to Nathan and mom to their two kids, Zoey and Zeke. Kelsey is excited to serve in this ministry!

Shannon Clark

Children's Ministry Assistant

A longtime resident of Interior Alaska, Shannon's work experience includes being a Certified Nurse Assistant, and she is currently a homeschooling mom. She is married to Keith and they have two children, Aaron and Harleigh. Shannon looks forward to working with you and your children!

Christine Davis


Hello! I've lived in Alaska since 2004 with my husband and our son. As a military retiree, I enjoy volunteering my time in Christian ministries and working part time. I am truly blessed to be a part of the Journey family! 

David & Florie Wilcoxson

Worship Leaders 

Fairbanks has been our home for many years; Florie was actually born here. We have been married for 40+ years and greatly enjoy our three children, their spouses and our seven grandchildren.

It is a privilege to share life with the part of God’s family that gathers at Journey Christian Church. We look forward to meeting you when you visit Journey.