A native of Northeast Florida, Pastor Alan grew up in the Jacksonville area and graduated from the University of North Florida in 1985 before heading to Atlanta, where he received a Masters of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in 1988. This is his fifth church, having previously led United Methodist churches in Geneva, Orlando, Pine Hills and Jacksonville. Thirty-four years of experience as a pastor of congregations in Central and North Florida have given Pastor Alan the opportunity to share God’s gift of grace through Jesus Christ with diverse people in diverse places. From Jacksonville to Orlando, a mission trip to Havana, Cuba, and now St. Augustine, Pastor Alan has shared God’s Word faithfully.
His love of God’s Word has led Pastor Alan to teach Bible studies such as Disciple, Christian Believers, Experiencing God, Crown Ministry, traditional verse-by-verse Bible studies, as well as Stephen Ministry training and preaching inspirational messages on Sunday mornings. His favorite verse is John 1:29 (The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”).
Pastor Alan enjoys golfing, hiking, cruising, and Disney World. He is married to Dr. Jodi Liphart, is father to two daughters, Jalen Atkinson and Kayci Liphart, and proud grandfather to grandson Chadan.