ABOUT US

Mission

“Our mission is to provide to the Greater Fairbanks community equitable educational, vocational, Recreational, and social activities.” 

Goal

“Our goals are to target the needs of low-income families, ‘high-risk’ youth, and senior citizen populations; assist in a community strategy of developing community members to be skilled and ready to meet life challenges; train and educate all ages and cultures in a safe and supportive environment.”

Vision

“At JP Jones Center, we recognize that our people represent our strongest competitive advantage and our greatest sustainable

resource. For this reason, we view diversity as a core value and business imperative. Diversity and inclusion produce an engaged workforce that more closely mirrors the community JP Jones serves, better positioning us to anticipate and meet community needs.”

HISTORY

BUILDING A HEALTHY COMMUNITY



In the 1980’s, concerned citizens in the South Fairbanks area began lobbying the Fairbanks City Council for the approval and active support of a Community Center. This group became known as the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Fairbanks (IMAF). The City secured State and Federal grant funds for the construction of the South Side Community Center (SSCC). After completion in 1985, the building was leased to IMAF to operate the facility for the benefit of citizens in South Fairbanks.

The original purpose for the Center was to accommodate the recreational needs of youth and to provide low or no-cost meeting space for community groups and programs. However, a lack of operating and maintenance funds led IMAF to seek support from the City to convert excess construction funds into operating capital. This was approved and deposited into a City managed Enterprise Fund. The Fund was invested and the interest, along with rental income, was deposited into a City managed checking account to provide the fiscal stability needed to sustain the operation of the Center.


IMAF continued to manage the Center for neighborhood activities and community social services with the help of an Advisory Board to oversee maintenance and administrative tasks. On October 26, 2002, the Center was renamed the JP Jones Community Development Center (JPJCDC) after James (JP) Jones. After experiencing obstacles and racial injustices, JP became committed to the cause of racial harmony. He led the effort through his involvement with the NAACP and by his dedicated efforts towards ensuring racial and economic equality for all. JP Jones passed peacefully at age 90 on November 2, 2002.


By 2005, a much needed expansion and facelift led to the City procuring 1.6 million in funding through HUD and state grants. The work on the building began in 2006 and was completed by the end of 2007. Meanwhile, the Advisory Board recruited a new Board of Directors to manage the JPJCDC and to develop much needed funding sources. IMAF holds a seat on the Board.


The City deeded the JP Jones Community Development Center to IMAF on August, 12, 2012. The Board hired an Executive Director in October 2013. JPJCDC encourages businesses, groups and individuals to do business with the Center for your event needs. By doing business with us, you help us to continue to offer programs that meet the needs of our seniors, at-risk youth and low income populations.

Meet the IMAF Board

Pastor Scott Mensch

President

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Pastor Matthew Hampton

Vice President

Elder Matthew L. Hampton, Pastor of New Beginnings Church Inc. Pastor Hampton has been married to Mother Linda F. Hampton since Feb 14, 1975. God has blessed them with 6 wonderful children.

Pastor Hampton was forgiven of his sins, sanctified, and filled with the Holy Ghost on January 1, 1984 in Ludwigsburg, West Germany. 

He accepted his calling into the ministry in March of 1986. He was licensed in May of 1988 and ordained in August 1989 by the Southern Baptist District Prelate of Southern California. In 1990 he was elected Pastor of the Ft. Irwin Gospel Service (F.I.G.S). Under Pastor Hampton’s Pastorship the congregation grew and became noted as the third largest Gospel Service in the U.S. Army Chapel System. After two and a half years as Pastor of (F.I.G.S) the Lord moved the Hampton family to Ft. Wainwright AK. There the Hampton’s was in fellowship with The Lily of the Valley Church of God in Christ (C.O.G.I.C). After 8 months, the Family moved their membership to the Gospel Service on Ft. Wainwright. There Pastor Hampton served for 2 years as the Assistant Pastor under the leadership of Pastor/Chaplain Thomas Shepard.

In 1994 the Lord moved the Hampton's from Alaska to Ft. Lewis, WA where Pastor Hampton retired from active military service. Again under the direction of the Holy Spirit, Pastor Hampton and Family returned to Fairbanks, AK and rejoined the Lily of the Valley (C.O.G.I.C). 

In March of 1999 Pastor Hampton resigned his Southern Baptist credentials and was installed as an Elder in the (C.O.G.I.C). From Nov of 1997 to March of 2008 Pastor Hampton served in The Lily of the Valley as an Associate Elder, Sunday School Teacher, Youth Leader, and Brotherhood Spiritual Adviser.

On March 9, 2008 Pastor Hampton was elected as 1st Pastor of New Beginnings Church Incorporated. A cutting edge Church, defined by the principles outlined in the Holy Bible. Our Mission: To preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and minister to the needs of the total man in Jesus name.

Pastor Hampton retired from the US Army in Mar 1, 1997 after 22 years of active service. Pastor Hampton has an Associate’s Degree in Human Service Technology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and is a Certified Family  Empowerment Specialist by the State of Alaska.

Pastor Mark Howdeshell

Secretary/Treasurer/Parliamentarian 

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Pastor Cleve Bartley

Dean/Chaplain

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Pastor Eric Jones

Board Member

Pastor Eric L. Jones was born and raised in Charlotte, NC. He is one of four siblings and 

graduated from Garinger High School in 1970. Pastor Jones then went on to Central Piedmont Community College where he graduated in 1971 and married his high school sweetheart Angela in 1972. They have been blessed with one son,James H. Jones and many godchildren. They have lived in Alaska since 1982 at which time they became members of St. John Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Charles R. Barlow. Pastor Jones was ordained as a Deacon at St. John Baptist Church by Pastor Charles R. Barlow. Under the leadership of Pastor Barlow he acknowledged his calling into the preaching ministry and was licensed to preach the gospel. Shortly after being licensed, he was ordained into the full gospel minister of Jesus Christ through the Southern Baptist Convention in 1986. He is a born again believer and man of God. He accepts Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior. He is sanctified and filled with the Holy Ghost. He loves the Lord and is very passionate about sharing God’s Word and love with others. Pastor Jones has had several responsibilities during his service to our Lord and Savior to include but not limited to: Sunday School Director, Deacon Board Chairman, Bible Study and Worship Service at the Denali Center, Fairbanks Rescue Mission and the Fairbanks Hospital. He has also worked with the youth and is a great supporter of his wife, Evangelist Angela Jones and the women’s ministry. He retired from the United States Air Force after dedicating 20 years of honorable service. Pastor Jones loves the Lord and is very passionate about God’s Word. He is a member of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Fairbanks and serves as its Treasurer. Pastor Jones and Dr. Angela E. Jones, his wife, felt the leading of the Lord to establish New Birth Christian Church and with the blessings and covering of Pastor Joe Blackburn

 and Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church,

 New Birth Christian Church was established in the name of the Lord in September of 2009.

Pastor Johnathan Kenney

Board Member

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Bishop Otis McCormick

President Emeritus, Founding Member  

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Pastor John Quarles

Board Member

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Pastor Joe Blackburn

Board Member

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Pastor Ventura Alas

Board Member

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Mr. Mike Setterberg, Executive Director