Our Pastor

Pastor Jim Doepken arrived in Seward in 2013 after more than 12 years in Girdwood, Alaska. After graduating from Duke Divinity School he was ordained in the United Methodist Church. He has been in ministry for 20 years with 16 of those years in Alaska.

As a pastor his priorities are preaching and training Christians to think missionally in the world. Because of this you will find him out in the coffee shops, talking with persons in the community, trying to be “a pastoral presence” even to those who would never call him their pastor. He appreciates some creativity in worship and varies the feel of the worship service on a regular basis. He loves working with the kids and most Sundays you’ll find him sitting on the floor during the children’s time, leading a rousing rendition of some kid-friendly song. His favorite book of the Bible is Luke. His favorite story is the Parable of the Prodigal Son. And his favorite hymn can seem to change on a weekly basis.

Jim has been married over 20 years to his high school sweetheart. Together they have five children, including two sets of twins.

In his spare time Jim loves to get outside, sometimes hiking, sometimes walking the dog, often going out for bike rides. In the wintertime he appreciates both downhill and cross-country skiing but hasn’t taken the time to get good at either of them. He closely follows Duke basketball and has been known to take Fantasy Football way too seriously.

Some would say he spends way too much time on the computer.

You can read his blog over at www.jimdoepken.com

Seward UMC -- PO Box 5, Seward, Alaska 99664 -- sewardumc@gmail.com