Wasilla Bible Church

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Wasilla Bible Church
Logo of Wasilla Bible Church
Wasilla Bible Church is located in Alaska
Wasilla Bible Church
Location within Alaska
Basic information
Location Wasilla, Alaska
Geographic coordinates 61°34′58″N 149°29′38″W / 61.582770°N 149.493892°W / 61.582770; -149.493892Coordinates: 61°34′58″N 149°29′38″W / 61.582770°N 149.493892°W / 61.582770; -149.493892
Affiliation Non-denominational, evangelical Christian
Country United States of America
Status Active
Leadership Larry Kroon, Senior Pastor, Chairman of Elders[1][2]
Website wasillabible.org

Wasilla Bible Church is a non-denominational, evangelical[3] Christian church located in Wasilla, Alaska. Pastor Larry Kroon describes the congregation as "socially conservative".[4] Wasilla Bible Church offers ministries devoted to family affairs.[5]

Theology and practice[edit]

Wasilla Bible Church website lists five "Core Commitments" at its website, "The Centrality of Christ, The Authority of Scripture, The Priority of Prayer, Authenticity in our Spiritual Life, [and] Community in our Congregational Life".[6]

The church has strong recruitment practices. In Caring for the Harvest Force in the New Millennium, authors Tom A. Steffen and Fredrick Douglas Pennoyer describe Wasilla Bible Church as doing a "superb job" of bringing teenagers "to commit to Jesus."[7]


Wasilla Bible Church was founded in 1977. It asked Larry Kroon to become pastor in 1978.[4] Pastor Kroon also serves as Chairman of Wasilla Bible Church's Elders.[2]

Wasilla Bible Church's first building in Wasilla was completed in 1979 at the former location of the Wasilla Assembly of God, which had moved to different location.[8] The original church's capacity was 250 seats. A second story was added in 1984, and a larger sanctuary was added in 1996. The property was then sold to another church, enabling Wasilla Bible Church to buy 20 acres (81,000 m2) of land elsewhere in Wasilla.[9] The new church building was dedicated on October 1, 2006.[10] The church hosts up to 1,000 parishioners.[11] Wasilla Bible Church's former location became the home of a different church, King's Chapel.[12]

Media scrutiny and controversy[edit]

Following nomination of congregant and then-governor of Alaska Sarah Palin as candidate for Vice President of the United States, Wasilla Bible Church became a focus of the media. "When a presidential candidate surprises the country with a relatively unknown choice, then all hell breaks loose," Larry Sabato said. "It did with Ferraro, it did with Quayle, it's happening with Palin."[13]

A Time correspondent reported a Wasilla Bible Church program insert announcing a program to help gays "overcome" their homosexuality.[14] The pastor, Larry Kroon, responded to this article in a Fox News interview on September 9, 2008. When Fox reporter Greta Van Susteren asked for comment about inclusion of the announcement, Pastor Kroon replied, "When the subject of homosexuality comes up, people that matter to me come to mind. And over the past year, I've had different people in our congregation speak of homosexuals in ways that I did not want to hear our people speak. ... And I wanted my people, if at all possible, to hear somebody in their tone and their manner because I don't think the church has done a very good job of speaking of this issue in a gracious tone and manner."[15]


On the evening of December 12, 2008, the church building was damaged by a still unknown arsonist[16] with damage estimated at $1 million.[17] An accelerant was poured around the entrances while five women were inside; they escaped without serious injury. Palin apologized to her fellow church members in case the fire was connected to "undeserved negative attention" Wasilla Bible Church has received since she became the vice presidential candidate on August 29.[18]

Notable congregants[edit]

  • Sarah Palin,[5] former Alaska Governor and 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate.


  1. ^ "Our Pastors". Wasilla Bible Church. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Our Elders". Wasilla Bible Church. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  3. ^ Hopfinger, Tony; Fireman, Ken (September 1, 2008). "McCain Defends Palin's Fitness as Some Alaskans Question It". Bloomberg. 
  4. ^ a b Johnson, Kirk; Severson, Kim (September 5, 2008). "In Palin's Life and Politics, Goal to Follow God’s Will". The New York Times.
  5. ^ a b Miller, Lisa; Coyne, Amanda (September 2, 2008). "A Visit to Palin's Church; Scripture and discretion on the program in Wasilla". Newsweek. 
  6. ^ WBC Core Commitments
  7. ^ Steffen, Tom A.; Pennoyer, Fredrick Douglas (2001). Caring for the Harvest Force in the New Millennium. William Carey Library. 
  8. ^ Ressler, Casey (July 16, 2001). "Fifty years later, church and marriage stronger than ever". Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman (Wasilla, Alaska).
  9. ^ Hopkins, Kyle (October 12, 2005). "Land deal moves King's Chapel into larger facility". Anchorage Daily News. 
  10. ^ Hopkins, Kyle (November 9, 2005). "Church constructs new home". Anchorage Daily News. 
  11. ^ Bryson, George; Mauer, Richard (September 14, 2008). "Palin hasn't pushed religious agenda". Miami Herald.
  12. ^ Hopkins, Kyle (October 12, 2005). "Land deal moves King's Chapel into larger facility". Anchorage Daily News.
  13. ^ Judson, Berger; Cameron, Carl; Springe, Dan (September 10, 2008). "Political Teams Battle to Define Palin in Alaska". Fox News. Retrieved on September 15, 2008
  14. ^ Thornburgh, Nathan (September 2, 2008). "Mayor Palin: A Rough Record". Time Magazine. 
  15. ^ Van Susteren, Greta (September 9, 2008). "Greta Van Susteren interview with Larry Kroon Gov. Sarah Palin's Current and Past Pastors". On the Record. Fox News.
  16. ^ "Still no leads in Wasilla church arson". Alaska Dispatch. December 9, 2009. Retrieved December 23, 2012. 
  17. ^ [1][dead link]
  18. ^ "Palin's Wasilla Church Damaged By Arson". Associated Press. December 13, 2008. Retrieved December 13, 2008. 

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