Bakers installed as Alaska leaders


New divisional leaders installed; Anchorage Korean corps building re-dedicated


Majors George and Jeanne Baker are installed as divisional leaders by Colonels Dave and Sharron Hudson. Majors Glen and Linda Madsen were flagbearers. Photo by Jenni Ragland


The Salvation Army Alaska Division installed its new divisional leaders, Majors George and Jeanne Baker Sept. 25 at the Anchorage Korean Corps, in a service that included the re-dedication of the corps building.

Colonels Dave and Sharron Hudson, Western territorial chief secretary and secretary for women’s ministries, respectively, installed the Bakers, who transferred from the Intermountain Division, where they had served the past five years—George Baker as divisional secretary (business administrator) and Jeanne Baker as divisional women’s ministries secretary.

The Bakers expressed excitement at the opportunity to serve in The Last Frontier, where they will provide oversight of the Army’s ministry in 16 communities from Klawock to Fairbanks.

“I’m looking forward to being amazed by all that God will accomplish in the Alaska Division,” said George Baker.

In his message, Baker referred to Luke 5, stating, “We can’t reap the blessing of what God has in store for us if we don’t obey and venture out into that deep water.

“Just like Peter, our nets can overflow if we say, ‘I will go, I will do, I will obey,’” he said.

Prior to completing The Salvation Army’s two-year officer training program in 1983, both George and Jeanne Baker served in the U.S. Navy, which is where they met. In addition to serving on the staff of divisional headquarters in the Intermountain and Southern California divisions, they served as corps officers in Hawaii, Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming.

During the meeting, Colonel Dave Hudson re-dedicated the Anchorage Korean Corps building, located in south Anchorage—former location of the Anchorage Corps. Previously, the Korean congregation met in the original Anchorage Citadel Corps building in downtown Anchorage, which was sold and will be demolished to make way for Covenant House to build a new facility and expand its services. Earlier this year, the Anchorage Corps moved into its new community center.

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