REV. ALAN STOREY
Rev. Alan Storey is an ordained minister of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa and presently serving at the Central Methodist Mission in Cape Town Cape Town. He has a Honours degree in Theology and a Masters in the Philosophy of Applied Ethics from St. Augustine College in SA, with a special focus on economics.
In 1990 he was arrested for refusing to serve in the Apartheid regime’s military, and faced trial with a six-year prison sentence as the likely outcome. The State abandoned Alan’s trial midway, and he became the last conscientious objector brought to trial in apartheid South Africa. During his theological training at Rhodes University, he was involved in the Gun Free South Africa Campaign that was launched at the time of transition to democracy and was the deputy chairperson of the National Peace Accord in that region.
After University, Alan was sent to Welkom, which is known as a conservative mining town that lies in the very center of South Africa. It was here that Alan started the Banna Na Modimo home for destitute children and the Banna Ba Modimo Clinic for people who are homeless. Alan received Rotary’s Paul Harris award as a result of this work.
Alan was ordained in 1996 and sent to a small white congregation in Midrand. He built a new church named Calvary and the congregation grew into one of the most culturally diverse congregations in the country. Part of Alan’s ministry at Calvary involved living for two years in the nearby informal settlement (shanty town) of Ivory Park.
Alan is best known for his teaching of Manna and Mercy - a liberating encounter with the Hebrew / Christian Scriptures. Alan specializes in facilitating Diversity Engagement encounters. These encounters expose entrenched dynamics of power, privilege and prejudice and attempt to liberate us from the divisions that still divide us. Among the many civil society organizations that Alan is involved with are Gun Free South Africa (chairperson) and IAM (chairperson), which is an advocacy organization for LGBTIQ people within the Church. He is a Fellow of the ninth class of the Africa Leadership Initiative - South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.