Alan brings 24 years of experience in ordained ministry to our diocese, having served the Church in a wide variety of roles, including as a community organizer, congregational priest, interim minister, President of Province V, and as a member of the diocesan staff in the Diocese of Ohio. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and Virginia Theological Seminary, and served in the US Navy prior to his ordination. Currently, Alan serves as Interim Rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids, a position that is expected to conclude in June. Alan currently splits his time between Grand Rapids and Chicago, where he lives with his wife, the Rev. Canon Lisa Hackney-James.
Congregations may contact Alan to assist in the development of vital, mission-oriented, and collaborative communities of faith. Among other areas of ministry, Alan specializes in the area of stewardship and serves as the diocesan Intake Officer for Title IV matters.
Alan begins his half-time ministry with the diocese on January 1, 2021 working both remotely and from the Southern Region office at St. Barnabas, Portage.