Alan Harvey is a versatile minister, guitar player and singer/songwriter. He leads worship at River Of Life Missionary Church in Michigan City, Indiana,and The Dwelling Place (a Calvary Chapel Fellowship) in Valparaiso, Indiana. He has been involved in Christian Music since he gave his life to Christ in 1979, and has served as worship leader and worship pastor in multiple fellowships over these last 39 years. He has been active in many Christian worship events over the years such as Karitos, and the Joyfest, where he served as Event Coordinator. This was a very successful Christian music festival that ran at Michigan City’s lakefront for 12 years, with an average annual attendance of over 2,000.
Alan is also the front man and manager for the Christian Blues group, Blud Bros (www.bludbros.com). This group has been playing out in festivals, prisons, rehab centers and other events since 2000. The band has had multiple top songs on MP3.com and has been ranked among the top Christian Blues bands out there by various enthusiasts. Their 2 CD’s (Not What You Think, 2006 and Above the Hum ,2010) have sold over 2,500 copies with no distribution.
Alan was born and raised in a family of musicians. He learned to play guitar at age 11 and by the time he became a Christian he had already been a professional performing and recording artist for more than a decade. Jesus gave Alan’s life and music a whole new, and very wonderful purpose. Early in his walk with Christ, Alan set his mind to achieving the goal of being involved in some of the most beautiful music God has ever heard. As his understanding of the Bible grew he realized that God is more interested in the state of the heart of the worshipper, not necessarily the perfection of the performance. Loving God through music and the Word are the prime motivations of Alan’s life.
As a minister Alan serves as a chaplain for the Michigan City Police and Fire Departments, along with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s Rapid Response Team. He teaches the Bible, serves as an Elder in his fellowship, and covers whatever bases are necessary in carrying on the work of the gospel. Educationally, he holds a Bachelor of Science in both Biochemistry and Emergency Management. He also holds a Master’s of the Arts in Theology/Christian Studies.
Alan has been a staple on the Karitos Worship team as guitarist and singer at the nationwide event seven times over the last 14 years, and is looking forward to helping people draw closer to Christ through worship and music.