Alaska – Kako Retreat Center

Philippians 1:6
He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Kako Retreat Center was established as a non-profit organization and incorporated in the state of Alaska in 1988.  Dave went home to be with the Lord on May 11, 2014 after having served as the Director of Kako for twenty years.  His wife, Vera, has chosen to continue serving the Lord at Kako.  With her passion still alive Kako continues to grow impacting the lives of many in southwestern Alaska.

Kako is a place set aside to provide Christ-centered retreats, seminars, and counseling to encourage & help people living in the remote villages of Alaska. Kako reaches out to the youth of Alaska through various camping programs. Another means of encouragement is the outreach work for visiting, counseling, and Bible Studies.

Heritage AFlame has been parterning with Kako Retreat Center for twenty years. On an annual basis work teams are sent to KRC to support the work. Financial/Prayer support and friendship are offered to the staff of Kako as needed to maintain the work that is happening in these remote villages in Alaska through this retreat center.

Kako Reatreat Center, Inc.

PO Box 29
Russian Mission, Alaska 99657


The Passing of Dave Penz

On Sunday May 11, 2014 David Carlton Penz, 79, passed into the presence of his Lord from complications related to leukemia. Since 1981 Dave lived at Kako Retreat Center, of which he was founder and director, having previously ministered in various interior villages (Cantwell, Shageluk, Grayling, Kaltag, Stony River, and McGrath) from 1962 to 1972,…

2013 Kako Retreat Center Camps in Alaska

The 2013 summer season of camps went awesome.  As you can see by this pictures, there were plenty of “Happy Campers” More info about this ministry at