About / Alan Cross

Alan Cross

Alan is the lead pastor of Petaluma Valley Baptist Church. He has been a pastor and minister for over 20 years in churches in Alabama, Mississippi, and California. Alan is a graduate of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (1999). He is the author of When Heaven and Earth Collide: Racism, Southern Evangelicals, and the Better Way of Jesus (NewSouth Books, 2014), Joy Preserving: The Ray and Ruth Bozeman Story of Living in the Better Way of Jesus (2015).

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Alan Cross


What I’ve learned about the church’s response to migrants by seeing them face to face

Opportunities to minister to those at the U.S.-Mexico border and beyond

With more than 26 million refugees and over 82 million forcibly displaced people in...

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As she lay dying

Reflections on death, fear, hope, and the life to come

How we face death, whether in fear or in hope, is a reflection of...

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slave preacher

Why we should be thankful for Caesar Blackwell, the Alabama Baptist slave preacher

Montgomery, the Bus Boycott, and the Civil Rights Movement

As a new seminary graduate in 2000, I moved to Montgomery, Alabama, with my...

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