PUBLISHED: 5:01 PM on Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Perry assumes duties as pastor of Northern Light United Church

J. Allan MacKinnon
  Jesse Perry (from left) Joel Perry and Liz Perry.
Northern Light United Church is celebrating a new pastor - and a milestone 31st anniversary.

The Rev. Jesse R. Perry led worship for the first time on Sunday as the new pastor at Northern Light United Church. Perry's continuing message of hope will encourage all to reflect on their faith as disciples, according to a church news release.

Perry, his wife Liz, and their11- year-old son Joel arrived on the M/V Matanuska two weeks ago. Perry grew up in Missouri and comes to Juneau from Farmington Presbyterian Church in Farmington, Mo. A pastor for 25 years, he received a master of divinity degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary, a master of arts degree in English and a bachelor of arts degree in history, both from Southeast Missouri State University. He also studied at the Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Miss. and at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Perry's mission outreach included 1996 and 1998 trips to Sweden, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey, Korea, Japan and Canada. A mission trip in 1995 included Greece, Spain and Japan.

Northern Light will celebrate its 31st anniversary Sept. 15. The church staff includes J. Allan MacKinnon, director of music; DJ Lindsay, treasurer; Reneé Moseng, youth worker; Lillian Bennett, office manager; and Walter A. Soboleff, pastor emeritus.

Northern Light United Church, a congregation affiliated with the United Methodist Church and the Presbyterian Church, USA, is located at 400 West 11th Street in Juneau. For more information, contact the church at 586-3131.