Bro. Alan was born in Champaign Illinois where he grew up a true fighting Illini fan. In 1975, he met and married the love of his life, Nancy. They moved to Springfield Missouri, to attend Bible College and train for the ministry they felt God was calling them to. After graduating from college Bro. Alan served three years on staff as a youth leader for a church in the Springfield area. It was in 1983, they felt God leading them back to Southern Illinois. His desire is to be a help and an encouragement to those that he has the privilege of serving, and to teach and preach the word of God in such a way that church members are strengthened and God is glorified. Bro. Alan has served over the past 33 years in a number of various ministries, which has included several interim positions and pastoring a sister church for 20 years. He has always felt that his calling was to be a bi-vocational minister and he is grateful for all the opportunities God has allowed him to be a part of through the years. Bro. Alan and Nancy have two daughters Jennifer, who lives in Chicago with her husband Craig and son Tyce, and their youngest daughter Sarah and her daughter Brianna who live in Mt. Vernon. Bro Alan has also been a true die hard Cub fan all his life and he is grateful that all the years of “wait till next year” are finally over. In fact he is hoping for a nice long run of Cub victories, but he promises to be kind to his many Cardinal friends.