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!

Kelsey Wikowsky

Children’s Ministry Director

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. After working as the assistant for over a year, Kelsey is excited to continue serving in this ministry!

Natasha Cookman

Children's Ministry Assistant

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. Later this summer the Cookman family will head to Idaho to plant a church.


Children's Ministry Assistant

Coming soon...

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! 

Jake Sirevaag

Worship Leader 

I put my faith in Jesus Christ as a young adult on a logging trail near North Bend, Washington. My first steps into worship ministry began in 1997 at a small church in nearby Issaquah. In 2003, our young family moved to Fairbanks and began to set down roots. My wife, Rebecca is now a public-school teacher and artist. Together, we raised two daughters, Deborah (now Deborah Tanner) and Abigail. It is a joy to be part of the JCC family, and to honor God together through authentic expressions of praise and worship!