The Rev. Dr. Alan R. Akana was born and raised on the San Francisco Peninsula in California. He received a B.A. in philosophy at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. He has served churches in California, Hawaii, Montana, Utah, and Texas, and is currently Pastor of Kōloa Union Church, a congregation of the Kaua‘i Association of the United Church of Christ. He serves as President of the Kaua‘i Association, member of the Hawai‘i Conference Council and the Board of Trustees of the Hawai‘i Conference (UCC).