Wellspring Revival Ministries
Creating a Compassionate Community
Wellspring Revival Ministries was incorporated in Alaska in 1998 by Mike and Linda Setterberg, we were awarded non-profit status July 1999. The original intent was to host concerts and events in Fairbanks to draw people to Jesus and his great love. In April 1999 a group of youth and adults started Joel’s Place after sharing that Christian events weren’t enough, youth needed a place to meet and play music. We began meeting on Friday nights downtown and within 6 months moved to Badger Hall on the Tanana Valley Fairgrounds where we met for 5 years on Friday nights and hosted concerts on Saturday nights.
In 2004 the WRM Board of Directors began the search for a place that would allow our young people to skate board, it turns out that the music scene in Fairbanks was made up of many skateboarders. By September that year, we found the warehouse at 1890 Marika where we built a wonderful indoor skate park, music venue, café and ride shop. Certainly that is the short story of our history. From the early days in Badger Hall to the warehouse on Marika it has been our desire to show young people that we care about them. Every aspect of Joel’s Place was started in response to conversations exposing the creativity and dreams of young people. In fact, our name Joel comes from the Bible, “I will pour out my spirit on all people, your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my spirit.” Joel 2.28-29. Joel's Place continues to reach out to 10-20 year old youth, not only at Marika Rd, but in our community through Sources of Strength and the JP Ride Strong team.
Raw Joy After-School Program (the name combines Randy Smith Middle School, Anne Wien and Joy Elementary Schools that are in our neighborhood) reaches 5-12 year old students and fosters emotional resilience, academic success, physical stamina and gives stability to children while parents or caregivers work. In 2015, Joel’s Place served 130 students in this demographic and now we have Raw Joy that will intentionally meet their needs for a safe, structured after school program. In September 2016, we were licensed by the State of Alaska to serve 45 students from 7am- 7pm. Our license was renewed September 2017 for 50 children for two years! As of July we were fulling self sustaining.
In September 2017 we were licensed to start Sunshine School Age Program at the new Boreal Sun Charter School. We plan to open at that location for a school based after school program on October 2!
Wellspring Fairbanks is the lead agency of the Fairbanks Skatepark Coalition that started after a Teen town hall meeting with area youth. We are the lead agency working with FNSB Parks and Rec to renovate the John Weaver Memorial Skatepark.
The message to our communities' young people is that we care... we remember what it was like to be young.