Meet Pastor Alan Felton
I am a lifelong Methodist and North Carolinian. I grew up in Edgecombe and Wilson Counties. My wife, Joan, and I are parents of two children, John Alan and Virginia Gayle, as well as two beloved dogs, Lucy and Freedom.
I earned a B.A. in History (concentrations in American and African history) along with a minor in political science from North Carolina Wesleyan College. I received my M. Div from Duke University’s Divinity School along with a specialization certificate in gender studies there. I served in the U.S. Army infantry and almost fifteen years in politics and government before entering the ministry, including nine years at the North Carolina Department of Revenue where I held various positions including planning director, assistant secretary for tax compliance, assistant secretary for business systems, and chief of change management and organizational development.
I am a member of the NC Conference’s Connectional Table, a body charged with helping to cast and implement the Conference’s vision for healthy congregations and effective leaders in every place making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world and I serve as chair of the Table’s Diversity and Racial Equity Team. I also serve as chair of the Capital District’s Racial Healing Team and as secretary for the District’s Building and Location Committee. I sit on the board of directors for the NC Institute for Spiritual Direction and Formation. I serve on the Governing Board of the NC Council of Churches and chair its Legislative Advocacy Committee. I am a trained Conflict Transformation Minister as well as trained to serve as a Transitional Intentional Interim Ministry Specialist. I am currently pursuing my doctor of ministry degree in the area of preaching and homiletics at Hood Theological Seminary.
I am the vice-president of the Methodist Federation for Social Action’s NC chapter and a member of the advisory board for Duke Divinity School's Center for Reconciliation.I worked for a number of years as a teaching assistant at DDS in the areas of worship and sacraments, preaching, Methodist polity and doctrine, Christian ethics, Black Church studies, and leadership. I continue to teach various courses as a part of Duke’s Course of Study Program and for Lay Servant Ministries.
I have a passion for the proclamation of the Gospel, making disciples through personal and organizational development, and working for justice in the world particularly at the intersections of race and gender. Before arriving at Benson Memorial, I served as pastor in churches in Oxford, Henderson, Apex, Durham, and Raleigh North Carolina.