Alan serves as the minister for the Cruciform Church of Christin Spring Lake, North Carolina (in the vicinity of Fayetteville and Fort Bragg).
He has been preaching for 39 years and been married for the same length of time. He and and his wife Sueanne have been blessed with three children and six grandchildren.
Alan started the e-mail devotional, "Thought For The Day" in September 1997. He took humorous stories received by e-mail, added a spiritual application to the humor, and shared it with his friends. Initially sent to 25 friends, it was passed on and passed on until it now reaches over 5,200 subscribers in all 50 states and over 90 different countries.