Corey Schmidlkofer

 

I’ve had the incredible privilege of growing up in Anchorage, Alaska. I love this city and the people of this city! My heart is to see the gospel proclaimed to the darkest places of this great city, in order to repair the breach and restore the streets that we dwell in (Isaiah 58:12).

 

I grew up in a broken home. Very early on my God became sports and gaining material possessions, although I wasn’t very good at either! As a result of my limited success and surmounting pressures to perform well, I turned to drugs. At the age of seven I smoked pot for the first time and by the time I was 24 I had been addicted to heroin for 5 years.

 

On November 11th, 2009 God saved me through a radical conversion. I went to sleep an unbeliever and when I woke I was a believer. Rescued from an abandoned home and a few cop cars later, I was relieved to be headed to jail. I knew I was never going back to that life. By the grace of God, I never had to!

 

At last, the Hound of Heaven had captured my heart!

 

From the Anchorage Jail I was given the opportunity to go to the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center. It was in that program that I learned of who God is and what He has done for me. I knew very early on that I wanted to devote my life to telling people about our God who saves. It was in the dispatch office in the program that God spoke to me all I ever needed to hear… God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us (Rom. 5:8). He is enough!

 

Shortly after graduating the program I fell in love with the love of my life, Erin. We have 6 children: 5 girls and 1 boy. Truly, God is able to do far more abundantly than I could have ever asked or imagined!

 

Currently I am in the richest season of life and ministry that I have ever experienced. Thanks be to God who has set the captives free, I get to witness modern day signs and wonders. It is my honor, joy, and privilege to Pastor a community of true worshipers such as this. Day by day, the Lord is adding to the numbers those who are being saved (Acts 2:47), and I get to sit back and watch as the Lord saves!

 

Confidently in Christ,

 

Corey Schmidlkofer