Dr. Alan Holden

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SHORT BIOGRAPHY: I was born and reared in Walhalla, SC in 1962 and have one sister. I am the oldest child. I am a Baptist minister and have worked in KY, NY, SC, GA, and FL. I am also president of a Bible college. My wife, Cathy, and I met and were married in NY. We do not have any children, but we have 5 cats. I am deaf in my right ear.


Bachelor of Arts, Furman University, 1984. Major in Classical Greek.
Master of Divinity, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1988. Major in Pastoral Theology.
Doctor of Ministry, Luther Rice Seminary, 2001. Dissertation: Marriage and Family Therapy in the Modern Evangelical Church.
Doctor of Philosophy, Concordia University, 2003. Dissertation: Renewal of Classical Education in Modern America.
Doctor of Theology, American College, 2004. Dissertation: Resurrecting the Doctrine of Providence.
Honorary Doctor of Divinity, Concordia Seminary, 2015.

GOALS: I have 3 major goals. First, I want to lead UWLS from a $1.4 million non-profit into a $5 million non-profit in 5 years. Second, I want to expand and increase the Bible college enrollment from 45 students to 100 students in 5 years. Third, I want to become the most influential leader of non-profits in Lake and Sumter Counties.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: I have led religious non-profits for over 30 years. I have three doctoral degrees in counseling, education, and theology. My ministry has focused on turning failing churches into thriving churches. I was a hospice chaplain for Lake and Sumter for 5 years. My first internship was in a maximum security prison in SC.

INTERESTS: Reading, writing stories, teaching, and being a nature tourist of Florida.

NETWORKS: Member of Chambers of Commerce in Eustis, Tavares, Leesburg, South Lake and Sumter County. I am a member of several advisory panels of government and human services providers in Lake and Sumter Counties. I am involved in the grant funding process of United Way for many non-profits in Lake and Sumter Counties.

SKILLS: Inspirational and motivational speaker, leading a team, conflict resolution counselor, help non-profits draft Articles of Incorporation, Constitution and bylaws, and file for 501(c)3 tax exempt status from the IRS, one-to-one mentoring.