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David Owens - Preacher

David Owens was born and raised in Syracuse, New York and is second oldest in a family of ten children. Throughout his childhood, David's family worshipped with Methodist churches, but around age 11, he and his family began attending the Southside Church of Christ, and Camp Hunt. On July 31, 1974, David made a profession of faith in Christ and was immersed in water for the forgiveness of sins

After graduating in 1979 from Fayetteville-Manlius High School, and having a heart for ministry, David earned degrees from Northeastern Christian Junior College (A.A.), Harding University (B.A.) and Harding Graduate School of Religion (M.A.R.). David Owens and the former Diana Olbricht were married in 1983 and they have three daughters. Having completed his Bachelor's degree, David began serving as the associate minister of the College Avenue Church of Christ in El Dorado, Arkansas.

In 1987, with his schooling behind him and some experience under his belt, David returned to New York to serve the Wetzel Road Church of Christ. In the years that have transpired, David has ministered to the congregation as an evangelist and now is also serving as one of the elders.


Alan Perkins - Family & Children's Minister 

Alan Perkins grew up in Liverpool, New York and is the youngest of three. He was raised in a family committed to the spiritual health and growth of the Wetzel Road Church of Christ.  His dad and mom, Bill and Joyce Perkins, led the congregation for nearly 50 years. Alan graduated from Liverpool High School in 1984. Following in his brother, Scott, and sister, Susan’s footsteps, he attended Harding University. He earned B.A. degrees in Business Management and Marketing. 

While at Harding University, he met and married the love of his life, the former Christy Bendickson. After leaving Arkansas, Alan & Christy ministered at Wetzel Road for a short period before attending Abilene Christian University where Alan received an M.A. in Christian Ministry under Dr. David Wray. God has blessed their life with two wonderful children, Nathan and Madison.