The Chinooks baseball team is a Christ-centered organization, based out of Chugiak-Eagle River.

We at Alaska Family Council are continually seeking like-minded organizations with whom we can partner. The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks baseball team is that type of organization. It may sound strange that a Faith-based advocacy group found a partner in a baseball team, but let me explain.

The Chinooks are a different kind of baseball organization – they, too, are Christ-centered.

Sponsored by Athletes-In-Action (AIA), an international sports ministry based in Ohio, the Chinooks recruit college baseball players from around the country to spend a summer playing the game in the Great Land.

Competing as the only Christian team in the Alaska Baseball League (ABL), the Chinooks run their team differently than the other clubs.

Home games are free of charge to fans.

Community members, church groups, and local businesses provide full meals for the team after each      home game.

Players read books to children at the Eagle River Library; a program called “Books With Chinooks.”

Fans are encouraged to enter the field after each home game in order to meet the players, take photos, and collect autographs.

Players and staff provide their personal testimonies to each of the other four teams.

But the primary difference are the two-hour discipleship classes the players attend every game day. They start their day at the gym, then go to a local church (usually The Crossing, in Chugiak) and open the Bible. Each day a player or two gives his personal testimony, followed by a deep-dive lesson provided by a member of the coaching staff or a visiting AIA chaplain.

These young men, ages 18 to 24, are dedicated athletes and a summer of competitive baseball improves their skills and gets them noticed by professional scouts. Ultimately, the Chinooks/AIA staff seek to build up these young men to be good sons, husbands, and fathers as well as good baseball players.

And this is why Alaska Family Council is a supportive partner of the Chinooks.

To see what this looks like, come out to the beautiful Loretta French Park located at 18100 Old Glenn Highway in Chugiak this Sunday, July 16th to see a game. As we mentioned, the game is free of charge and is being sponsored by Alaska Family Council.

The game starts at 4 p.m. and the Chinooks will be taking on the Peninsula Oilers. We hope to see you and your family for America’s past time.

Play ball, praise the Lord, and go Chinooks!


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Unique Alaska baseball team plays with Christ at center

Tim Barto
Tim Barto is vice president of operations for Alaska Family Council.


  • Penny Seliger says:

    Praise God for these Godly young men.

  • Jen says:

    And the time isn’t during regular church morning service times. Although I know some churches meet times are Sunday afternoon. However Saturdays are tiring days because of it being the real Sabbath day.

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    This is a really nice story to read! God bless these young men and the people involved to make this happen! I hope we read and see more of this type of positive movement!

  • Independent Observer says:

    I must live under a rock because I haven’t heard of this aspect to the team before. Finally, a good, local sports event I can get behind and enjoy for the witness for Christ they are to the sport.

  • Akdale says:

    we housed AIA players decades ago. stellar young men. glad to see this is going on. will go to a game or 2.

  • JD Duncan says:

    I love having an AIA team in Alaska. As a pastor on the Kenai Peninsula and a host family with the Oilers, we had a wonderful working relationship with AIA
    Fire/Chinooks. I think they started in North Pole for awhile. Chris Beck has been with them for a long time.
    Thanks for posting a great story.

  • RA says:

    Excellent !!

  • Lucinda says:

    If the teams prays for a win and they lose, what does that say about god?

  • ML, just common sense says:

    Outstanding! So nice to have a story that reflects American values and tradition.