Derek Dickinson

Pastor 

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!

Michael Smith

Children's Ministry Director 

I grew up in Texas, but have lived in Fairbanks for 20+ years. My wife, Victoria, is an amazing woman** who is serving our country in its military. I’ve been a member of Journey Christian Church since 2006, and for most of that time, I have been a part of the children’s ministry, teaching a class for 4 & 5-year-olds. In the summer of 2020, I had the honor of becoming the director of the children’s ministry program.

As the Children’s Ministry Director, I lead a team of more than a dozen amazing volunteer teachers, and together, we strive to lead kids ages 4 through 12 on an adventure through the Bible, unpacking the truth and teaching them how to apply it to their everyday lives. We focus on setting the foundation of who Jesus is, what He came to do, and why He did it. We also discuss topics like where we fit in relationship to Him and what communion is.

We also have a nursery for children younger than 4, with loving, gentle, and patient volunteers that treat your kids like their own. Our building also features a mother’s room for families with kids from birth to 12 months old. We just want to make sure your experience at Journey strengthens your faith and that you feel at home.

I look forward to meeting you and your children and worshiping with you.

**- She cheats at Boggle

David Wilcoxson

Worship Director 

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.