Alan born in Liverpool England, was a merchant marine seaman who immigrated to New Zealand and was converted to Christ in his hotel room while reading a tract. He was radically changed and as a born evangelist proceeded to try and win his sea mates at every opportunity. He joined Open Air Campaigners a street evangelism group for few years and then joined YWAM in 1973 by joining the crew for the first YWAM ship "The Maori" which YWAM was seeking to purchase. The deal fell through and in 1975 Alan with his wife Fay and three children Joy, Samuel and Stephen joined the staff in Kona Hawaii, which later became University Of The Nations.
In 1979 Alan and family moved to Italy to join the ship Victoria, later named the Anastasis, the first of the fleet of Mercy Ships. Alan had a strong prophetic gift which was so needed in pioneering ventures working alongside his evangelism gift. He had a fiery passion for souls.
In March 1988 after leaving Mercy Ships to go back to serve in Kona Hawaii Alan and Fay took time to visit family back in New Zealand and in March were in Christchurch ministering at an SOE. During Alan’s morning jogging time he succumbed to an unexpected massive heart attack and went home to be with the Lord. He is greatly missed by Fay and his married children and their spouses. He never got to meet his seven grandchildren. Fay wrote a book called The world In Our Hearts, which was published in 1995 and tells their family story.