News Briefs: Covenanters Making Headlines

SEATTLE, WA (May 13, 2011) – Covenanter John Jung won $50,000 and a new Ford Focus at the conclusion of a five-week race sponsored by the automaker and followed online by more than 30,000 people.

In 2006 Jung earned both a master of business administration from North Park University and a master of theology from North Park Theological Seminary. His father, Sam Jung, is the former pastor of Korean Covenant Church in Kirkland, Washington.

Jung and teammate, Carolyn Bee, competed against five other teams in the “Focus Rally: America” competition, which stretched 6,000 miles and 10 states. The makers of “The Amazing Race” produced the first interactive reality show.

Online followers who registered as “Focus Followers” supported the teams and helped them to complete tasks and challenges. The racers interacted with followers online through Twitter, Facebook, and live video streaming.

According to Ford, virtual team members watched more than 8.1 million minutes of live-streaming video, which amounts to 5,625 days of footage.

Jung and his teammate applied for the show and had an initial casting call in Seattle. They then flew to Los Angeles, California, for a second and final casting call.

To see episodes of “Focus Rally: America” click here.

ECCAK Bestows Daniel Savetilik Award

ANCHORAGE, AK – Eula David, a member of Bethel Evangelical Covenant Church, received the Daniel Savetilik Award given to a layperson for outstanding years of service. She has taken turns with Pastor Fred Savok in teaching the Yup’ik-speaking adult Sunday-school class, served on the board, and provides special music. She was presented the award at the Evangelical Covenant Church of Alaska’s Annual Meeting.

Alaska Christian College Graduates Tenth Class

SOLDOTNA, AK – The tenth graduating Alaska Christian College class received their diplomas during a recent ceremony. “I am amazed at the strength and resolve of these students who walk across our commencement stage each spring—transferring to other colleges, taking jobs in the workplace or entering ministry, and serving our country,” said school President Keith Hamilton.

A majority of ACC students come from remote villages with high unemployment and limited higher educational offerings. Ninety percent are Alaska Native.


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  1. Congratulations President Hamilton and ACC staff. You are swimming in the currents of the Spirit. Your investment in young lives will bless Alaska for generations to come.

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