Alan grew up in Iowa and Arizona, with most of his formative years spent in a small farming community in the northwest corner of Iowa. His parents were the owner/operators of Hesse Chevrolet, and he and his younger sister attended high school there.
Alan graduated from Morningside College, a Methodist liberal-arts College, in Sioux City, Iowa (B.A. in Mass Communications and Business). From there he went on to graduate work in Communications at Pepperdine University, in Malibu, California.
For over twenty years he worked in the communication field, at AM/FM radio and at television affiliates of NBC and ABC. He earned his M.Div at Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA in 2001 and was ordained to the priesthood the following year. In 2001 Alan was hired by the Rev. Mark Beckwith (now the Bishop of Newark) as Assistant Rector of All Saints Church, Worcester, MA. He was made Associate Rector there and also served as Priest in Charge. All Saints Church is a large urban parish that ministers to the needs of the most at-risk in the population, as well as meeting the spiritual concerns of a large parish steeped in a long tradition of music and the arts.
In 2005 he was hired as Rector of Epiphany Parish of Walpole. For the past ten years the parish has grown strong in reaching families with children and also an aging population.
He currently serves as Clerk and member of the Barbra C. Harris Camp and Conference Center, having served as a board member since 2008. He has also served the Diocese of Massachusetts on the Diocesan Council, Executive Council, and Bishop’s Search and Consecration Committee. Alan is also a trained anti-racism facilitator.
Alan is married to Tim Orwig, who is a lecturer at Boston College and Northeastern University, and author of many articles and publications. His most recent book is Cape Cod Canal, a history of the Canal on its hundredth anniversary. They have one son, William, an athletic third grader
In his “off” time Alan enjoys time away reading science fiction novels at their summer cottage in Wareham, MA, as well as canoeing and playing the saxophone.
Fr. Al, or Alan, brings a sense of inclusion for all people. He is ready to meet the people of Christ Church “where they are,” in pain, in joy, and in laughter.