Our History


Wasilla Assembly of God began in 1951 by Reverend Paul Riley.  Initially they met in the Wasilla Community Hall, which is now the Dorothy Page Museum.  From the very first service money was collect for land and a building.
 
They began to purchase lots along Knik-Goosebay Road on what was then the outskirts of town.  Eventually a small brick building was built that was expanded multiple times of the next 20 years.  Paul Riley continued to lead the church during this time.
 
 
 
 

The church continued to be a vital part of the community, offering programs for children, youth and adults.

By the late 70's, the church had outgrown its current building and land, and purchased additional property further down Knik-Goosebay Road.  A new building was started in the early '80s.
 

Shortly after the complete of the new building, Pastor Riley stepped down as Senior Pastor after 35 years and was replaced by his son-in-law, Reverend Tim McGraw.  Pastor McGraw led the church for 12 years.  He was followed by Reverend Ed Kalnins, who is still leading the church today, 9 years later.  Wasilla Assembly of God is blessed to have had consistent, long term Senior Pastors over the years, and we thank God for these 3 men.  Paul Riley is still very active in the community even to today, ministering as a prison chaplain, and among the pastors of the churches of the valley.

 

Untold lives have been touched by Wasilla Assembly of God.  Many have attended the youth and children's programs.  Many more have attended weddings, funerals, and community events in our buildings.  Over the years, dozens from Wasilla Assembly of God have gone onto full time ministry around the world.  And, now, with Master's Commission Wasilla Alaska in place as a ministry of the church, we anticipate hundreds being sent from this house into full time ministry.

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