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..
Pastor Ed's life is reflected in Wasilla Assembly of God's guiding principle: Know God, Make Him Known. While the message is sacred, the method of communicating that message isn't. Using every tool available, Jesus must be shown to the world. Pastor Ed believes part of his role as Senior Pastor is to equip the people and the leaders of the church to do the work of the ministry and release them into their God given destiny.