There is what we plan for.  There is what we dream of.  Then there is life as it works its way out through the twists and turns.  I have served in full-time ministry for nearly 30 years now and rarely, have things all gone as planned.  As I shared on the first Sunday of the new sermon series, “The God Story,” we are part of a story not a formula.

This has become the case for me now. I am writing this to share that I will be leaving the appointment of Anchor Park UMC at the beginning of June 2023.  After prayerful consideration and much conversation our lives have made a turn that allows my wife and me to continue to call Alaska home but that means, I will set aside my stole, full-time, as a pastor.

Together, as pastor and church; we navigated a pandemic and the process of reimagining and reopening our church to ministry.  I like to think my gifts were used, like Esther, “For such a time as this.”  Now, by stepping aside, it will allow a new clergy and church, to cast a vision for the future and ministry to the Airport Heights/Anchorage Community.

Our new home will be a cabin in the Alaska wilderness.  I will be on call as pulpit supply as needed for Jesus’ church but will be fulfilling my calling full-time to help people enhance life and enhance home as a Realtor with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Dream Makers in Wasilla.  You’ll see some changes regarding content but I will continue to encourage and enhance life and soul, even as I help enhance homes and home life.  


Do no harm.

Do good.

Stay in love with God.

Jedi Pastor Ken


Anonymous said...

May the Force, and a clear recognition of how much you are love by God and all those whose lives you have touched,,, so far ,,, be with you!

Anonymous said...

Wow! 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Anonymous said...

I am not sure if that is a great choice . I have done real estate for 43 years and just retired. You as a minister should get a paycheck and continue in Alaska.

Anonymous said...

Lord please guide him according to your will. Proverbs 3:5 for with out you we have nothing .

Ken Hagler, Your Alaskan Realtor said...

To all, thank you for the feedback and prayers. I cherish them and need them.

To the anonymous who isn't so sure about my decision, thanks for your input. As you are anonymous, I don't know your story but you surely know a lot of mine but don't know it all. Ministry is far more than a paycheck. I have sought a great deal of counsel in coming to this decision and do it from a place of assurance. I am not retiring, nor am surrendering my credentials, for ministry.

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