Alan Grisham became the pastor of First Baptist Church in October 2010. This has been quite a journey for Alan and his family.
Alan accepted Christ at the age of nine at Eisenhower Road Baptist Church in San Antonio, Texas. At the age of thirteen, Alan felt a call to the ministry. He was encouraged by both his parents and his church to pursue this calling on his life. However, life continued and as he grew up the thought of preaching did not seem appealing to him.
After graduating from Clear Lake High School, Alan went to Stephen F. Austin State University with the intentions of obtaining a degree in agriculture. Alan quit college and decided to go into the appliance business with his family. Alan worked in the family business and lived a moral life, but he continued to live disobedient to God’s call on his life. God still blessed Alan by placing a wonderful woman named Nan in his life. Nan and Alan were married in March 1987. Alan was successful in helping his parents grow the appliance business in Richardson, Texas. During this time, God continued to place His call on Alan’s heart. He continued to work, but decided that maybe he could lead in church activities and not have to give up the business.
Alan’s family joined Allen Heights Baptist Church in Allen, Texas where they grew both spiritually and numerically. Alan and Nan had three children Edward, Callie and Evan. He continued to ignore God’s plan for his life by not surrendering to the call to preach and instead tried to substitute other things for God’s plan. Alan served in many capacities in the church. He was even ordained as a deacon at Allen Heights Baptist Church. God continued to work on him until he could not ignore it any longer. Nan and Alan sought God’s will and after many years God’s plan became even clearer. The business became difficult to run due to many different issues. The economy struggled and several family illnesses led to eventually closing the business. A Fortune 500 company hired Alan, and he thought maybe more activities in church would satisfy God’s call on his life. It did not.
Alan realized that totally surrendering to his call was the only option he had for peace in his life. Alan continued to work for a mortgage company in the day and attending Dallas Baptist University at night. After completing his business degree at DBU, he was now ready to attend seminary. After ignoring his call to preach for almost thirty years, Alan moved his family to Ft. Worth to begin his Masters of Divinity at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
The journey has been a long one, but Alan knows that while he was not obedient in following his call earlier, God has given him experiences that will be helpful in the ministry. God has blessed him with his wife of over twenty years and three beautiful children. Edward and Callie attended Midwestern State University and Evan is in the eleventh grade here in Buffalo. Alan believes God has placed him here at First Baptist Church of Buffalo and looks forward to what God has in store for him and his family.