Several high-profile Alaskans came together in Anchorage Friday night to honor a longtime clergyman’s service.

Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Pastor Alonzo Patterson and his wife, Shirley Patterson, are retiring this month.

Alonzo, who has been a pastor for 47 years, also founded the Corinthian Baptist Church in Fairbanks before that.

Patterson also served as president of the Alaska NAACP and chairman of the March of Dimes Foundation. He also founded the Martin Luther King Jr. Foundation of Alaska, and had several other vital roles in many organizations.

Former Anchorage Assembly member Elvi Gray-Jackson was on hand to read the municipality's declaration honoring the Pattersons, celebrating Nov. 3 as Alonzo and Shirley Patterson Day.

Pastor Undra Parker will be the new leader of the Shilioh Missionary Baptist Church.