Pastors show up in big number to sign covenant

Posted: Friday, April 13, 2001

An areawide Palm Sunday night service was held at Kenai Central High School with more than 650 in attendance. Singing and special music was led by groups from three churches, and a Youth Group presented a dramatic skit concerning Easter's meaning.

The Rev. Stephen Brown led a time of united worship. Pastor Rick Cupp directed a concert of prayer for the coming Easter services in the area churches, and Pastor Paul Kupferschmid spoke of the greatness of the marriage relationship in light of the coming marriage supper of the Lamb of God and His Bride (the church).

After 23 pastors affixed their names to the Kenai Peninsula Marriage Savers Covenant, they lined up across the platform with their spouses. There was more than half a millennium -- 542 years -- of marriage represented on the platform, as pastors of 21 churches stood before the assembled crowd.

The applause of the people was ample indication of their strong support of the covenant and its objective -- to bring glory to our God and benefit to our communities by building and strengthening marriages in both in our churches and communities.

The Pastors, who have signed the covenant, are:

Robert Reasoner, Abundant Life Assembly of God; David Arested, Abundant Life Assembly of God; Rufus Tallent, Aurora Heights Assembly of God; Steve Tolliver, Kalifonsky Christian Church; Paul Kupferschmid, Kasilof Community Church; Rick Cupp, Kenai Fellowship; Stephen Brown, New Life Assembly of God; Michael Hicks, New Life Christian Fellowship of Kasilof; Paul Hartley, Nikiski Nazarene Church; Denver Copeland, North Kenai Baptist Church; Christian Rawalt, North Kenai Chapel; Brad Cason, North Kenai Chapel; John Henry, North Star United Methodist; Dan Thornton, Peninsula Grace Brethren Church; Chuck Thornton, Peninsula Grace Brethren Church; Philip Edgerly, Reflection Lake Chapel; James Duncan, Soldotna First Assembly of God; Alan Humphries, Soldotna Church of God; Jim Pearson, Sterling Lutheran; Capt. William Bearchell, The Salvation Army; Stuart Churchill, United Pentecostal; Harold Lewis, First Baptist Church of Port Nikiski; Robert Hobbs, Upper Room Ministries; and Jonathan Pederson, First Baptist Church Soldotna.

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