Anchorage City Church (ACC) was established in 1983 when Pastor Dick Strutz followed God’s call to start a new church ministry in Anchorage. During the church’s early years, the congregation met in a variety of locations including schools, warehouses and even other churches. Finally in 2003, Anchorage City Church moved into our own building, where we still meet today!
At the start of the new millennium, ACC also gained new leadership. Richard and Lindy Irwin, part of the original ministry team, accepted the position of Lead pastors with overall responsibility for the church and its various ministries.
ACC, originally called Anchorage Christian Center, changed our name in 2004 to better reflect the heart we have to reach our city. ACC’s spiritual heritage and vision has always included a mission mindset. With that heart, ACC has sent out several people to begin churches in other locations and to establish other Christian ministries. Likewise, ACC has also welcomed other ministries to merge with us. Some of those have been New Direction Church (2007) and Anchorage Vineyard Church (2008). These three entities have blended into one body called Anchorage City Church. Each group brought new strengths and areas of expertise to the ministry, enabling ACC to better reach a more diverse group of people.
2013 was a banner year for Anchorage City Church. Rich Irwin III was set in place as the Senior Pastor of Anchorage City Church. Max and Deanna Ingalls were sent to Seward to take over the pastorship of what is now Seward City Church. We launched City Church School of Ministry (CCSM) and also began the process of establishing City Church Ministries as a separate nonprofit organization, which serves as the apostolic covering of Anchorage City Church, Seward City Church, CCSM and Iglesia Hispana de Internacional de Anchorage.
Heart of the City Church was sent out as a church plant to downtown Anchorage in 2014 and is pastored by Kris & Charity Carmody.