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Meet The Staff

Executive Director/Treasurer

Dr. Randy Covington

Duties: oversees the operations of the Alaska Baptist Convention and its agencies

Most Likely To: be climbing a mountain somewhere

Favorite Hobby: fishing

Random Fact: hails from a family of Alaska homesteaders

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Interim Director of Missions and Church Planting

Jae McKee

Duties: works closely with church planters for training, encouragement and mission involvement

Most Likely To: start a conversation with a stranger

Favorite Hobby: black bear hunting

Random Fact: once revived a dying rooster, after performing surgery to remove cracked corn from his craw; he later named the rooster "Kernel"

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Director of Evangelism and Church Development

Jimmy Stewart

Duties: assists churches and church plants with evangelistic strategies, healthy church growth and development, with the goal of an evangelical presence in every city and village in Alaska

Most Likely To: share Christ with anyone he meets

Favorite Hobby: racquetball

Random Fact: has rock-climbed one of the 50 classic climbs in America

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Operations and Financial Administrator

Debra Long

Duties: does the office accounting, works with policies and procedures, assists churches

Most Likely To: be the last one to leave the office

Favorite Hobby: gardening

Random Fact: can clog, juggle, and face paint, but not all at the same time

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Administrative Assistant

Sylvia Rylander

Duties: assists the Executive Director; webmaster

Most Likely To: take a road trip

Favorite Hobby: ringing handbells

Random Fact: has set foot on five continents

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Ministry Assistant

Betsy Shilling

Duties: assists the Directors of Evangelism and Church Development, and Missions and Church Planting

Most Likely to: rescue an animal

Favorite Hobby: reading

Random Fact: has visited all 50 states, and 34 of the 58 National Parks

email Betsy