Born and educated in Liverpool, Alan trained as a Church Army Evangelist in London before serving as a Church Army Officer for nearly 38 years. He is married to Carol, who was also a Church Army Officer prior to her ordination in 2003. They have three adult children, Rachel, Ben & Anna and (currently) six grandchildren. Alan was ordained in the Church of England in 2006 and ministered in two churches in the Derbyshire High Peak District. He and Carol ‘retired’ to live in the Highlands, where they had had pastoral care of a small Scottish Episcopal Church in Culloden, outside Inverness. In 2017 they moved back to Derbyshire.
“Captain Alan” (as he was known by 1000s of children) has had a wide and varied ministry throughout the UK (and abroad), particularly involved with children’s ministry. For several years he worked under the auspices of the Teknon Trust. He has written and recorded over 100 songs for children, published by ICC/Daybreak Music Ltd, and had several books published. For 14 years he led the “Captain’s Crew” children’s ministry at the NEW WINE summer conference in Shepton Mallett. He still has a passion for children in the Church, but sees it in a wider context of the local church community, where every member, young and old, has a role to play.
He still enjoys music and writes the occasional song, alongside his other leisure interests of Garden Railways and visiting historical houses/castles.