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Alan J. Ehler

Barnett College of Ministry & Theology

Professor of Practical Theology


Doctor of Ministry, Portland Seminary
MA in Religion, Liberty University
BS in Civil Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology


Doctor Alan Ehler is Professor of Practical Theology and Senior Director of Assemblies of God Relations and Ministerial Education and at Southeastern University. From 2013-21 he served as Dean of Southeastern's Barnett College of Ministry and Theology, seeing the college grow from 537 to 2,219 students in the period, as part of Southeastern growth to a total enrollment of 9,400. Before coming to SEU, Alan taught at Northwest University near Seattle, served on staff at three different churches, and led Warm Beach Community Church (now Life Church 360) north of Seattle as Lead Pastor for over eight years. Alan was an active duty US Air Force officer for seven years as a civil engineer before entering full time ministry. Alan completed a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Portland Seminary, Masters of Divinity equivalency work at Fuller Seminary and the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, a Master of Arts in Religion degree from Liberty University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Zondervan released Alan's book, Making Big Decisions Wisely, in 2020. Alan is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God and is also Teaching Pastor at Faith Celebration Church in Lakeland. In 2021, Alan founded Big Decisions Consulting to help churches develop plans and systems to better accomplish their God-given missions. Alan regularly speaks at churches and ministry events across the country. Alan and his wife Keira have two adult children (Hannah and Stephen) and enjoy bicycling.