Shungnak is located on the right bank of the Kobuk River about 150 miles east of Kotzebue. The original settlement was 10 miles further upstream at Kobuk. Mission work in Selawik begun in the 1930s and 40s by early Adventist flying missionaries. The first baptisms took place in the Selawik River. Several young people from the village spent some years at the Bristol Bay Mission School during the 50s and 60s. In this growing village of some 950 there are currently only about 15 members, but many local people have a connection to the church via family affiliation. Blessed with a new church and parsonage, AMA volunteers Tony and Airen Sherman are leading the small faithful group in Arctic Alaska.