Dillingham Celebrates Happy Day

February 09, 2018 | George Dronen

Oct. 28, 2017, was a happy day in Alaska's Dillingham Church. Dan and Theresa Breeden and Vincent and Liza Henry became members of our church family.

The Breedens, along with their granddaughter, Sunny, moved to Dillingham, Alaska, in July just a little before Barbara and George Dronen became the interim pastoral team. Dan had grown up in a Seventh-day Adventist home but had never accepted this way of life. His wife, Theresa, was raised in the Catholic faith. When the Breedens relocated to Dillingham, they decided to enroll Sunny in Dillingham Adventist School.

After a while, Sunny wanted to go to church with the other students. Her grandparents thought they might as well join her and soon found themselves staying for the potluck after services. As the Dronens got to know the couple, they asked if they would be interested in learning more about the Bible. The answer was “yes,” and the four began Bible studies every Sabbath afternoon at 4 p.m. This went on through August, September and October, culminating in the Breedens' baptism Oct. 28, 2017.

Vincent and Liza Henry also moved in July to Dillingham, where Vincent works with the state as a probation officer. Both Vincent and Liza are devoted Adventists; however the churches that were supposed to hold their membership did not have any membership records. That didn’t stop the Dronens, who invited the Henrys to participate in the Oct. 28 celebration by again becoming official members of the Dillingham Church through profession of faith.

Both couples have added much to our church. Dan is a deacon, and Theresa is involved in social activities. Vincent is a deacon also and helps out with the sound system, while Liza is an accomplished Bible student and is leading the Wednesday night prayer meeting. The Henrys are also the official greeters; when you come to Dillingham, you will be greeted warmly by this charming couple.

Praise to God for growing the church family with talented people on fire for Him.