A Q&A with Pastor Alex Early
Alex is Pastor of Preaching and Theology for Living Stones Churches. He, his wife Jana, and children, Tovah (3) and Jude (2), moved to Reno in August.
Q: Why Reno?
Jana and I met Pastor Harvey and Rachel about 2 years ago at an Acts 29 boot camp in Orlando, FL. Over the years, our families have grown really close together. Harvey asked me on a number of occasions to come and join the team at Living Stones. Finally, through a number of circumstances, much prayer and counsel, Jana I believed that this was exactly where God would have us serve.
Q: What did you think of Reno after the first time you visited?
Reno is interesting. I don't really know what I thought, exactly. I've never been in or around a desert region, and so that was very new to me. I honestly thought it was going to be kind of a gross city with porn and casinos everywhere. Though it did have its fair share of casinos, I thought it was a really cool little city.
Q: What are your favorite movies?
No Country for Old Men There Will Be Blood
Q: What are your top 5 favorite bands?
Sigur Ros The National M83 Volcano Choir Arcade Fire
Q: Favorite book of the Bible?
My favorite book of the Bible has been the book of Hebrews for about 14 years. I've enjoyed it for many reasons. Namely, how the author continually draws upon the Old Testament to provide meaning for the New Testament Christian.
Q: What theologian (past or present) would you grab a beer with?
There are countless men I'd like to meet. However, Martin Luther has influenced me more than any theologian.
Q: Would you pick up the tab?
Q: Any hobbies?
I like playing guitar and writing music, painting, and riding my motorcycle.
Q: As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A stand up comedian.
Q: If you could recommend one non-Bible book for others to read, what would it be?
The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning
Q: What’s your hope for Living Stones now that you’re on staff here?
My hope is to see depth and breadth in our churches. I desire to see people radically changed by the Word of God and then that reality taking shape in our day to day lives.