Philip was born and raised in Texas. At seven years old, he confessed Jesus as his savior and believed that Jesus could save him from his sin. Like many children raised in Christian homes, Philip was very involved in church activities through his elementary, middle, and high school years. Although his knowledge and understanding of the ways and stories of God grew, it wasn’t until college that his faith came alive
After a personal encounter with Jesus in his freshman year of college, God began to draw Philip into a life lived wholly for Jesus’ name. Opportunities to lead small groups turned into large scale speaking and leadership. As God continued to grow Philip, he also required Philip to lay down more of his own goals and hopes for the better plans of Jesus.
Philip and his wife Andi spent a few years teaching children, high school students, and college students in Texas before God led them to Kentucky in order to pursue further training in church leadership.
Four years later, God moved Philip and Andi to Anchorage to lead True North Church. As Lead Pastor of True North, Philip is responsible to share leadership and oversight with the other Elders, and to instruct and give vision to the church by teaching and preaching the Scriptures. Philip believes that True North has arrived at a critical point in its life as God beckons us to go further and deeper as a local church. Jesus promised to build His church until His return and Philip’s greatest joy is getting to be a part of that at True North.
Ian is a life long Alaskan who was born and raised in Wasilla. Although he grew up in church, Ian became serious about his relationship with Jesus in 2010 when he was 22 years old, and followed in obedience by being baptized alongside his soon to be wife Aja. Ian and Aja have been part of True North Church since the church first began meeting in 2010. They have since grown to lead a Life Group in their home and serve in church leadership.
Ian’s relationship with the Lord is best described by Jesus’ words in Mathew 9:12 "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.' For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners." Ian is passionate about living out the gospel with other sinners in community.
Currently Ian and Aja have 4 children: Alton, Ivy, Sloane, and Amel. Ian works as a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones, and when he is not working you can often find him hiking, biking, hunting, and enjoying other outdoor activities.
Originally from south Louisiana, Scott and his wife Dana have called Alaska home since 2013. Their family has been a part of True North Church since 2018.
Scott surrendered his life to Christ at thirteen after a Sunday School teacher invited him to his office to share the gospel. He surrendered to full-time ministry while in college and has worked in vocational ministry since 1992. After graduating from seminary in 2003, he has primarily served in collegiate and university ministries. He lives by 1 Thessalonians 2:8, “We cared so much for you that we were pleased to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives because you had become dear to us.”
Because of their passion for discipling and mentoring college students, Scott and his family serve as North American Mission Board missionaries at The University of Alaska, Anchorage. Through Mosaic Campus Ministry, they desire to help students know Christ, connect them to like-minded believers and a local church, develop them as disciples and leaders, all while teaching them how to live a missional life.
Scott and Dana enjoy leading a Life Group in Eagle River. They have two teenage children, Andrew and Ruthie, both of whom enjoy serving the church. The Belmore’s are thankful to be a part of the leadership and community of True North Church and are excited to see what God has in store for this body of believers.
Elders' Vision for 2020
Tyler is a life-long Alaskan. He received his call to long term ministry just out of high school, and even though he had no idea what it would look like, he made the commitment to stay faithful to that call with every life decision thereafter. Born and raised in Ketchikan, Tyler moved to Anchorage after networking at the University of Alaska Anchorage campus with other believers. That core group of college students would eventually become True North Church.
After serving on a smaller scale in the church as a worship musician, Tyler transitioned to a full-time position with the church as a worship leader.
At True North we believe that worship is the prime directive of Christ's church, and that music is a very effective way to be able to participate in collective, communal, expressive worship as a body. Tyler strives to lead worship with Ephesians 5 in mind - through psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, in a way that is exalting to Christ, unifying to the body of the church, and with excellence as befits an excellent God.
Tyler walks through life with his wife Kaitlyn as they raise their daughter Emma and sons Ronald and Felix.
Director of True North Kids
Megan was born and raised in Southern California. She met her husband Nathan in 2001 and they were married in 2006. In 2007, God called them to Anchorage, Alaska. They have been a part of True North since 2014. Megan and Nathan are extremely blessed to be parents to their twin daughters, Natalie and Cassidy.
Megan came to know Jesus in her early 20s and was baptized in 2006. Since then, life has taken Megan and Nathan on many adventures, including the premature delivery of their daughters in 2015 at 26 weeks. Megan and Nathan know that God’s hand is always on their family and credit Him with the miraculous work in the growth and development of the twins. A verse that she has prayed with and over her daughters is from Jeremiah 29:11- “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, “plans to prosper and not harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.’”
Megan has spent many years working with young children in many different capacities, including babysitting, as a nanny, and as a preschool lead teacher. Megan graduated from Wayland Baptist University in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She worked at Anchor Lutheran School as a preschool teacher and assistant administrator until her daughters’ birth. Since then, she has been a full-time mama and wife.
Megan is very honored and excited to take on the role of Childrens’ Minister at True North church and prays that God will lead her each day in His way and for His church. She also prays that the children in True North know that they are precious gifts from the Lord and she wants to help them know this truth every day.
In her free time, Megan enjoys reading novels and using her Cricut for scrapbooking and paper-crafting. She and her family also love to visit Disney as often as possible.
Joshua was born and raised in Georgia as a pastor’s kid. He made a “decision” to be a follower of Jesus at the age of 7. As he matured in his faith, he started to feel a call on his life to pursue vocational ministry. During the summer of his senior year in high school, he took his first steps towards student ministry by interning for his youth pastor. This is where his love for student ministry and student discipleship began.
During his freshman year at Toccoa Falls College, Joshua spent a year as the interim youth pastor at River Point Community church. It was during this time that God confirmed his call to pursue ministry, and Joshua decided to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Youth Ministries and received it in May 2015. After a mission trip to Alaska that summer, Joshua was called to move to Anchorage where he spent five years training in various part-time and volunteer positions. After deciding that he could spend a lifetime in Alaska serving in full time ministry, he applied for this position. Joshua is excited and more than blessed to be part of the True North community.
Joshua’s desire is to see this next generation of youth take pride in their relationship with Jesus and take ownership of their spiritual disciplines. Through the support of the adult leadership of the student ministry and the parents, his goal is to make disciples who make disciples and have the students serve through their giftings in the church.
Joshua loves to do anything Alaskan. Whether it be hiking, backpacking, fishing, driving, drone flying, skiing, snowshoeing, or coffee, he loves doing it especially with friends and family.