August 30th, 2008
Governor Sarah Palin did attend Wasilla Assembly of God since the time she was a teen ager. She and her family were a part of the church up until 2002. Since that time she has maintained a friendship with Wasilla Assembly of God and has attended various conferences and special meetings here. This June, the Governor spoke at the graduation service of our School of Ministry, Master’s Commission Wasilla Alaska.
We have had some inquires into Governor Palin’s beliefs. We do know that Gov Palin is a woman of integrity. She is a servant of the people, she is a strong leader. As for her personal beliefs, Governor Palin is well able to speak for herself on those issues.
As Alaskans we are excited about our Governor being selected as the nominee for Vice President. As residents of Wasilla, we are ecstatic about one of our own being thrust to the national forefront. However, as a church, it is not appropriate for us to endorse any one candidate over another. As believers, we are reminded in 1 Peter 2.13 that we are to submit to those in authority. 1 Timothy 2.1-2 tells us pray for those in authority. This we will do no matter who is elected. We wish the best to Governor Palin, and Senator McCain, as well as to Senator Obama and Senator Biden.
May God continue to bless America.
Bio of Pastor Ed Kalnins (from the church’s web site)
Pastor Ed Kalnins came to Alaska from New Jersey in July 1999 to be the Senior Pastor at Wasilla Assembly of God. As a young man at Arizona State University he received Jesus through the ministry of Phoenix First Assembly of God. When Phoenix First launched the world’s first Master Commission, Pastor Ed and his soon to be bride Robin were among the first students, and were discipled by the great soul winner, Tommy Barnett. In the twenty years since then, Pastor Ed and Robin have served in Florida, Wisconsin and New Jersey as youth pastors, church planters, associate pastors and interim senior pastors. They have seven beautiful children, Devin, Gayla, Gerrit, Wade, Leah, their Alaskan Easter Weekend baby, Anya, and the newest addition: Brent..