Alan has served as one of the Teaching Pastors at Good Shepherd Community Church (in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon) for 37 years. His primary roles have centered around coaching couples on how to allow the resurrected Jesus make a difference in their homes. He and his wife Theda served on the FamilyLife Marriage Conference Speaker Team for 24 years. In 2009, Good Shepherd’s founding pastor stepped down and the elders asked Alan to serve as the “Interim” Lead Pastor. What was estimated to be a 6-12 month interim role turned into 7 years. Now that Vanderbloemen Search Group has secured Good Shepherd’s new Lead Pastor, Alan continues to serve as one of the Executive Pastors over Global & Local Outreach as well as Ministry to Marriages.
“As one of our consultants put it, he said ‘Alan, when you’re more devoted to outcome than community, people get hurt.’”
“I think often the person who knows the least is ourselves.”
“Some day, some time the train has to leave the station. We’ve done our work, we’ve sought reconciliation, and we’ve worked hard. We’ve overdone our due diligence. One day that’s going to happen and today is that day.”
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