Pastor Alan Lutz and his wife Cheryl came to Crystal Cove in August 2016 after serving churches in Texas, Missouri, Indiana, and Georgia over the past thirty years. Alan had
worked closely with Crystal Cove’s founding pastor, Phil Engelman, in Georgia beginning in 2011, and this is the connection that led to the church inviting Pastor Alan to serve initially as pulpit supply then as interim pastor for nine months. He was called as the new senior pastor and installed on July 30, 2017.

Alan and Cheryl have been married for twenty eight years and raised four children. Cheryl grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas, and has a degree as an Early Childhood Specialist. Alan was raised in central Indiana and came to the Lord through the ministry of Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship at Butler University. There he earned a teacher’s certificate in Spanish. He then served in a missions program in Santa Fe, New Mexico, after which he went on to Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, where he graduated in 1986.

Cheryl has been highly involved in children’s and women’s ministries in the churches they’ve served, and is a certified lay-counselor through Light University. She has also been trained in writing and speaking through the Proverbs 31 Ministries and their She Speaks Conferences. Cheryl is an avid reader and in the process of writing her own life story.

Pastor Alan has served congregations as senior pastor and church planter. He has also taught in Christian schools and been involved in cross-cultural theological education in
Haiti for the past twelve years, and serves as a professor there through Miami International Seminary (MINTS). In addition to his passion for preaching and teaching the Scriptures and shepherding Christ’s flock, he loves to read biographies and church history, play his guitar and sing, and enjoy outdoor sports and landscaping.

“God moved in a remarkable way to unite us to this precious church family, and we are so grateful to Him for the opportunity to serve our Lord Jesus Christ and His people at Crystal Cove! We seek ‘to know Him and to make Him known’ here in Palm Harbor area. May God’s blessing be upon us all as we ‘grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ’!

-Pastor Alan and Cheryl Lutz