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John Coe, Development Assistant

Man stands in front of wood-paneled walls with Christian icon artworks behind him

John Coe in a corner of his parish, St. Nicholas of Myra Byzantine Catholic Church in Anchorage. (The icon at left: “Our Lady of Denali” by Byron Birdsall. The smaller icon is of an Orthodox saint, St. Herman of Alaska.)

John Coe was born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland.

From age 14 to age 23, he studied for the priesthood within the Legion of Christ, living in New Hampshire, Mexico, Connecticut, New York, and Wisconsin. After discerning out of religious life in 2010, he wound up living in San Diego, California, where he felt “the Alaska itch” for the first time. After three years in San Diego, he moved back to his native Maryland and ultimately spent two years living and working inside the Washington, DC, beltway.

His experience inside the Beltway was more than enough to convince John that he was not cut out for big city life, so he set his sights on Alaska and visited Anchorage twice (once in summer and once in winter). In the summer of 2017, he quit his job in DC, loaded his belongings into his car, and started driving. One month and 8,500 miles later, he arrived in Anchorage to stay!

He encountered an opportunity at KNOM in a parish bulletin after daily Mass a few weeks after arriving in Anchorage. He now likes to call himself a “desk jockey” at KNOM’s business office in Anchorage, forming relationships with the generous donors who keep KNOM running.

In addition to helping at KNOM’s office, he holds down a day job at Cabela’s in Anchorage and is finishing a master’s degree. In his free time, John can be found hiking up a mountain, cutting a rug with fellow swing dancers, watching a favorite science fiction show (Star Trek and Doctor Who), or burying his nose in a novel of historical fiction.