Alan grew up as the child of church musicians, so the music of worship has often provided the soundtrack for his life. He studied philosophy and religion at Truman State University and received his Masters of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary. Alan has served as a campus minister at Vanderbilt and Belmont Universities in Nashville, Tennessee and as the Associate Pastor of Harpeth Presbyterian Church, also in Tennessee, directing youth and family ministries. Alan has a passion for helping folks engage with God through the study of scripture, spiritual practices, and theological conversations with fellow travelers on the journey of discipleship. Or, as Alan puts it, he just "likes hanging out with people and talking about God." He and his wife, Gracyn, and one-year-old son, Michael, love living in North Carolina.
Joye loves helping people of all ages connect with Christ, God's Word, and the family of believers. She's a native North Carolinian and a graduate of Meredith College and NC State University. Joye produces all of our communications, oversees member and community engagement, coordinates alignment among our various ministry teams, and generally serves as the hub of all things Discovery.
Back in 2008, Jennifer's youngest son was a student in Discovery Preschool's inaugural class, and she's been serving and supporting our children's programs ever since. Prior to joining Discovery's staff, she chaired our Children's Ministry Team, taught Sunday morning Bible classes for children, and directed Vacation Bible School for several years. She has worked as a tutor at East Clayton Elementary School and is a frequent volunteer at both of her sons' schools.