Alan (he's the one on the left) graduated from Rushville High School in Rushville, Nebraska before coming to Doane. He was originally attracted to Doane due to his experience with track camps at the college, and because his sister attended Doane. Alan liked his chemistry and physics classes in high school and thought that he might become a high school teacher, but the physics became so intriguing that he decided to pursue it full-time.
Alan was very active with the Doane University Cross Country and Track and Field team during his time on campus.
"There are really great coaches and it's a fun program to be a part of. Competing in conference and national competition was especially amazing."
Developing his Christian faith was another important part of Alan's Doane experience, and he eventually felt called to pursue seminary studies, initially at Denver Seminary, and then at Wartburg Theological Seminary where he currently is pursuing a Masters of Divinity, which will enable him to be ordained as a minister of Word and Sacrament.
Interestingly, Alan has found his physics studies to be quite helpful in being a successful seminary student.
"The Doane Physics program helped me immensely. It first of all helped me to become a systematic and process oriented thinker, which surprisingly translates well into theology."
Studying physics has also helped Alan facilitate dialogue between the science and faith communities. He believes science and faith can inform each other.
"In the end, they are both searches for truth, they just go about it with different methods."
What's Alan up to now?
The next step in his journey is to complete a one year internship at an inner city church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He looks forward to this practical part of his theological education. He also intends to continue exploring and express the interaction of faith and science.