Alan Conner was born and raised in Duncan, Oklahoma. He attended the University of Oklahoma where he earned a B.A. degree. During his college years he came to know Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and embraced the reformed doctrines of salvation. He then attended Dallas Theological Seminary and graduated in 1979 with a Th.M. degree. After seminary, in 1980, he married his wife Patti and they have been blessed with two children. Alan was involved in church planting ministries from 1980-88 and then was one of the founding elders for Northwest Bible Church in the fall of 1988.