KJNP, King Jesus North Pole
KJNP is a 50,000 watt AM and a 25,000 watt FM gospel radio
station located near Fairbanks, Alaska.
also an 18,000 Watt gospel TV station on Channel 4. The powerful AM station reaches
literally across the "top of the globe," reaching
thousands of listeners with the Good
News of Jesus Christ.
History of KJNP
KJNP really started in April of 1956, when co-founders Don (deceased-May 8, 1997) and Gen Nelson came to Alaska in April
1956 with their daughter, Judy. They started a ministry in Steven's Village, with the sole
purpose in life of reaching souls for Jesus. Don learned to fly, and they conducted
Daily Vacation Bible Schools in various villages. They held meetings in the villages as well.
One year there was a winter storm right when they wanted to celebrate Christmas with the
Villagers. They could only do it by getting on the radio station in Fairbanks and
broadcasting the message from there. The response they received was so
overwhelming that they were asked to do
a regular program, which they named "Far North Gospel Song and Hymn Time."
The program used
country/gospel music interspersed with comments from Don and Gen.
KJNP was a result
of the frustration of trying to fly into all the villages, and radio was seen as a means of
being in those villages with the gospel message.
KJNP Staffed with
There is no payroll at KJNP. Each person who volunteers raises their own
support before their arrival here and is sponsored by a church organization, friends, or
KJNP furnishes room and some board for singles, if available.
There is a dorm with four bedrooms (one
person per room for privacy) with all sharing a living room, kitchen, eating area, and bathroom.
It is estimated that a single person can get by on $150 - $200 a
month, depending on their eating and spending habits.
Married couples and those with families are furnished housing,
if available, but
again, living and personal expenses are paid by each family. Living expenses
include their grocery, electric, telephone and oil bill (if the house has an oil
stove) and car expenses.
The mission has staff cars available at the rate of 18 cents a
mile, but volunteers must have an Alaska Drivers License to be put on
their insurance in order to
be a driver.
Generally they can use radio and TV technicians, receptionist, secretaries, engineers,
maintenance and in general most anyone willing to come and work for the Lord.
Those interested in an application can write: KJNP, PO Box 56359, North Pole, AK 99705-1359.or
Most of the staff do not spend 8 hours a day in just one
area of work at the station. Some spend 2-4 hours a day in radio or TV and
the remainder of the time in one or more other areas. Some staff
is involved in
office work, TV, or radio. Since it is a mission, they all try to work together
as a team to do whatever is needed to keep the stations in operation.
The staff is expected to be willing to help out in other areas.
Staff members are generally trained in either radio or TV (not
both), unless they remain more than a year. Then, if there is an
opening, there might be a chance to cross train into the other
Newsletter excerpts from KJNP, in the
words of Gen Nelson.
Travels on the Alcan
For years Don traveled the Alcan Highway, going back and forth from
Fairbanks - North Pole to Minnesota and a few times to Seattle. In the beginning of Don's
155 Trips to Alaska, we drove the Alcan as it was more reasonable on the pocket book.
Don not only traveled the Alcan taking our
daughter Judy out in the month of August to attend school in Minnesota, but then in June
after school was out, he would drive down to pick Judy up, along with two or three summer
Bible School Workers, as every year we held Bible School in a number of villages north of
the Yukon River. In August Don would drive down again taking the Summer Bible School
workers and Judy back down the Highway to Minnesota or Wisconsin for their school year.
Once we decided the Lord was leading us into
Radio, Don started to haul equipment up the Highway for the Radio Station.
When Don would drive down to the Lower 48
States (better known to us Alaskans as "Outside.") he would also hold missionary
services to promote the work here in Alaska and raise finances to not only put the Mission
Radio Station on the air, but to bring back supplies from some of our churches to help
support the staff. This all was a tremendous help.
There came a time when Don decided it was just
too hard and too much for him to do this alone. That was the time when he returned from
one of his trips and said to me (Gen), you're just going to have to go with me, especially
for the meetings and too -- it really is lonely on that long road. I had always remained
at North Pole to work at the Radio Station.
Well, Don has been with Jesus almost two years
now. May 8, 1997 was his going home day. None of us did much on driving the highway in
1997, however, in June of 1998, Bonnie Carriker and I drove down the Alcan Highway and
survived. Our purpose was to attend the Evangelistic Missionary Fellowship Convention in
Denver, Colorado. That was my 106th trip and Bonnie's 12th trip.
The middle of January 1998 to the middle of
February 1998 Dick and Beverly Olson flew out to Minnesota and Wisconsin for vacation and
encompassed some meetings for the station at that time. In October of 1998, Julie Beaver
and I flew to Minnesota, picked up my car and drove through some of Minnesota, Kansas and
Colorado holding a number of Missionary Meetings for the Radio Station and for Bibles For
Others. We traveled for one month and then flew back home. We were so thankful for the
good reception we received.
But now...It's Your Turn Dick! Dick has made a
number of trips up and down the Alcan. He has made some partial trips down the Highway as
far as Grand Prairie, Alberta, Canada to meet Don, who was driving a truck with a heavy
load of equipment, to act as lead car or safety car for the load.
In January of this year, 1999, Dick and Beverly
got behind the wheel of the station Windstar and drove down the Alcan Highway. We were
sending a load of supplies and other things to Camp Home/Bibles For Others in Northern
Dick and Beverly attended the National
Religious Broadcasters Convention (NRB) for the station and took care of some station
business. This year it was held at Nashville, Tennessee...A Fun Place! When Don was here
with us, he and I would attend the NRB and most years we would take two others of the
staff along. Both Dick and Beverly had attended a number of times before, but separately.
Beverly would team up with Julie or Bonnie and Dick with Roger Skold or Neil Cook (who is
with the Lord now also.)
This trip, the Olson's also went to visit the
station's lawyers in the Washington D.C. area and then traveled on to York, PA to hold a
Missionary meeting for the station there in a fellowship church. They also held some other
meetings in Manitowoc, Portage, Eau Claire and Hillsdale, Wisconsin. This is not an easy
job as I can speak from experience....But IT'S YOUR TURN...DICK!
Bibles for the
The interest in Bibles and other Gospel
Literature continues in the Third World Countries. We are continuing to send the Bibles
upon request to individuals who really want one.
Just today I read a letter that arrived from
Ghana, West Africa. A fourteen year old boy wrote "My Hobby is learning the Word
of God in the Bible, so please kindly send me some Bibles. I hope you will send me the
Bible in Jesus Name."
We have much to Praise The Lord for. It
is a privilege to be able to send out God's Word. We thank the Lord for the helpers He has
sent along to not only do the work, but for those who send the finances, not only to buy
but to send.
The most recent report from Bibles For Others
came in today. (We receive one every Monday). On March 21, 1999 the report read 941
Bibles, 98 New Testaments plus other Gospel literature SENT.
We have recently sent one "M"
Bag to a West Africa prison in care of the chaplain there with Bible Study books
and other literature to use among the prisoners. These mainly are for used Bibles or
Bibles too heavy to send to an individual due to the cost of postage. We are also
preparing the second "M" Bag to send there. The "M" Bag
can weigh 70 pounds.
Meet the Staff:
Please, we need
your prayers for wisdom in all parts of the ministry. We do not want to deprive anyone
from hearing or reading the Word of God. We do thank those who carry this burden along
with us. I'm sure the reward will be great!
David (Dave) Ainley was the Second Person to join Don and I when we
started the PROJECT...KING JESUS NORTH POLE. Dave was born December 25, 1923 in Woodlake,
California. His folks lived on a ranch and David was one of five children. He was the
second boy of three boys and two sisters. He first came to ALASKA in 1949. He came to work
at Koonz Processing Plant in the North Pole area. In 1955 he homesteaded the property that
KJNP is housed on and other property in this immediate area. David attended a Presbyterian
Church in California, but when he came to North Pole, Alaska, he attended the Community
Church which later became the North Pole Assembly of God Church and he still makes that
his church home.
At the time Dave joined Don and I, we were
starting the paperwork for KJNP (KING JESUS NORTH POLE). He heard we were looking for
property for the Radio Station. The first piece of property he offered us was not big
enough for everything that had to go on it. (Towers, guy wires, station and etc.) Dave was
and is a man who is sold out to God and His Work. He told Don to choose what property he
wanted and he ended up giving us fifty-seven acres. The property is surrounded on three
sides by water. David not only gave us the property for the radio station but he also gave
us the use of his equipment for building it and for making the roads into the property.
David also gave of himself and his time in all
the projects, including taking a time slot on the air and even answering the phones when
we were short a phone girl. In other words, when Dave saw a need, he jumped in to fill
that need. He moved into the men's dorm and I like to call him our Dean of Men. In latter
years he accompanied Don on some of the trips up and down the Alcan Highway so Don
wouldn't have to go alone. You name it, in radio and TV work and getting the stations on
the air and keeping them on the air, DAVID AINLEY had a part of it here at KING JESUS
NORTH POLE...THE LORD'S WORK!
Bonnie was the first to join Don and I when
word got out that the Lord was leading us to put a Christian Radio station on the air for
Jesus. It would be staffed by Missionaries and Volunteers. That was 35 years ago.
Bonnie was born in
Washington. She traveled and lived with her family to places like the Panama Canal before
moving to Alaska in1949. Her dad was the first safety engineer for the Alaska Road
Commission. Bonnie was saved in a Christian Missionary Alliance Church in 1940. Her
parents were devout Christians and both were active soul winners. She met the man who was
to become her husband in 1953 while attending Central Bible Institute in Springfield,
Missouri. In the early days of the old RevivalTime Choir with
C.M. Ward, Bonnie
was a member and was on the very first program.
Upon hearing of the new Radio Station and the
need we had for a bookkeeper she made the decision to join us. She also became one of our
first Board Operators. A Board Operator is better known as a DJ.
The reason Bonnie was free to come to KJNP;
her husband had lost his life in the 1964 Good Friday Earthquake. They were
missionaries in Valdez, Alaska at that time. Her husband, Duane had to work as a
Longshoreman on the docks as they did not have enough support. The Duane Carriker family
was made up of Duane, Bonnie, Jannette (6) and Leland (2) at that time.
Bonnie, having heard of the
proposed Radio station, contacted us regarding our needing help. She was wondering if there
was a place for her as she felt the Lord would have her stay in Missionary work in Alaska.
I was praying for a Bookkeeper at that time. Bonnie was our answer. Bonnie has been with
us since Day One. Every Sunday morning she puts the station on the air for the Sunday
Morning programming. The station goes on the Air at 8 AM and she stays on until 1 pm when
the next Board Operator takes over. Weekdays, Monday through Friday she produces the
program "Pastors Partner." Bonnie has been one of the Executive
Managers since KJNP went on the air. She serves as the
We would like to introduce you to one Staff
Member or a family that is part of KJNP or Bibles For Others/Camp
Home in each Newsletter. This is new and we trust you will appreciate hearing
about our workers.
BELLS started ringing around KJNP on July 12th
of this year when OUR Julie Kay Arestad became Mrs. Peter Jacob Beaver.
Julie came to KJNP
Sixteen years ago to work for the Lord. Don had spoken at the Seattle Bible Training
School during Chapel Hour and expressed the need for a secretary and other workers as well
Now after almost sixteen years of service as
Don's secretary and heading up our TV Department, she took another step forward. That of
being Mrs. Julie Beaver.
Julie and Peter had planned on Don being able
to have their Wedding Ceremony and tie the knot for these two special people. But as you
know, first Don became ill and then JESUS called him Home.
Though this brought a sadness to some of us, we
encouraged Julie and Peter to continue on with the Wedding arrangements. Truly it turned
out to be a BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL Wedding. The decorations were not over
done - just enough.
The cake was very beautiful. The brides attendants were very attractive and the grooms men
were good looking. The groom was HANDSOME and the bride was GORGEOUS and it all made a
wonderful picture and story to tell everyone that would listen.
Julie continues her work here for the Lord at KJNP
and we Thank God for her and her new husband, Peter, who loves the Lord and does not
interfere with Julie's Calling.
Yes, the BELLS Rang on from that time and are
still Ringing as we finish the year off for Jesus.
Bev and Dick:
Richard (Dick) and Beverly Olson were the
third folks to join the work at KJNP. Dick grew up in Adams,
N.D. and Bev (Christianson) Olson spent her childhood years in
Strum, WI and teen years in Union Grove, WI.
They met in Minneapolis, MN, while working in the
same restaurant, & Don and I met them in our home church at
Soul's Harbor in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Don was speaking at
church and was telling of the VISION the LORD had given him for
a Radio Station in ALASKA to reach all the people that were so
scattered all over that great STATE. He also told of the need
for workers to help build and run it. The Lord spoke to Dick and
Bev and they truly felt the LORD would have them come as
missionaries to work with us in Alaska.
They arrived in July of 1966 and immediately went
to work in the building of buildings, hauling of rock and gravel
and again...you NAME it and they had a hand in it. We held
sessions and self-taught ourselves for the different positions.
Dick Olson became an Assistant to Don and was also in charge of
sales, did D.J.ing and helping wherever it was needed - things
like running the snow plow and keeping fires going during the
long, COLD, COLD winter days and nights.
Since Don's home-going, Gen has moved
up to President/Director and Dick is now Vice President of
Evangelistic Alaska Missionary Fellowship, Inc. Bonnie Carriker
is Secretary/Treasurer. Bev has been and continues to be the
Program Director, which includes writing copy for spots for
programs. She also had her times to be the D.J. to run the
Bev produced her own children's program for a
number of years as well as helping Gen in cooking for the single
folks that work at the Station. She also heads up the village
Christmas projects and gets involved with helping to feed the
After about 7 1/2 years in Alaska, the Lord
Blessed Dick and Bev with a daughter, Reba Colleen Olson. Last
October 3, 1998, Reba became Mrs. Kevin Fansler and is now
expecting her first baby in April. Reba is a CNA, Certified
Nursing Assistant at Denali Center in Fairbanks and Kevin works
for Sisco, a food distribution company.
[As noted above, this last section has been excerpts from
newsletters sent out by Gen Nelson.]
KJNP’s Bev Olson dies
Beverly “Bev” Ann Olson, KJNP program director for many years, died
Saturday of pneumonia in Buffalo, N.Y., where she was undergoing
medical treatment. She was 64.
Dick Olson, KJNP vice president in charge of sales, was at her side.
The couple met and married in Minneapolis before moving to North
Pole in 1966, a year before KJNP (King Jesus North Pole) an AM
Christian radio station at the time, went on the air. Dick is
currently in Minneapolis where a memorial service for Bev will be
According to Gen Nelson, KJNP CEO, who started the Christian
radio and television station with her husband, the late Don Nelson,
Bev started having health problems about four years ago, suffering
two heart attacks, followed by quintuple heart bypass surgery, gall
bladder surgery, and most recently lung cancer that metastasized to
“She will really be missed,” said Nelson, who said Olson treated
her like another mother. “She became like a child of mine,” added
Nelson, who lost her own daughter in 1989 and her husband in 1997.
On April 2, a wake will be held at Fairbanks Funeral Home. A
memorial service will be held for Olson on April 3 at the Fairbanks
First Assembly God Church on Airport Way.
Burial will follow in Salcha.
Olson is survived by her husband Dick; daughter Reba Fensler and
three grandsons, with a fourth grandchild due in May.