About Pastor Alston

I was born in St. Stephen, South Carolina.  I am the youngest of eight children.  My parents are Calvin Sr. and Rosa Lee Alson.

I was raised in the Allen Chapel AME (African Methodist Episcopal) Church and became a member of the United Methodist Church in 1983.

My Family:

My wife, Sandra Henegan Alston, is from Charlottesville, Virginia but was raised in Washington, D.C. Sandra completed her Doctorate in Audiology in 2008 and is currently employed as a Clinical Audiologist at Nationwide  Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Sandra has a passion for exercise and healthy living.

Sandra and I have a son and a daughter; Nicholas and Meaghan Alston.

Meaghan, our eldest, is a senior at OSU. Her major is History with a minor in African-American studies. Meaghan loves to travel, especially outside The United States, which she is currently planning. She is not sure of her plans following graduation.

Nicholas is a senior in high school and is planning on attending College next year. He is planning on majoring in hospitality management and then will continue on to study culinary arts. Nicholas is an avid sports enthusiast and has participated in Soccer, swimming, cross-country, and track and field. Nicholas hopes to continue track and field in college.

Special Scriptures:

“….Faith comes by hearing, and hearing through the word of God.” Romans 10:17

“But without Faith it is impossible to please him (God).” Hebrews 11:6-A

“But seek first the Kingdom of God and his Righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

Pastor Alston’s Vision for Christ Church:

WS4C@C (Winning Souls for Christ at Christ)


 Pastor Alston greeting people after worship.

Pastor Alston greeting people after worship.


Graduated in 1979 from Claflin University, Orangeburg, SC. Degree: BA., Bachelor of Arts in Social Science and Political Science.

Graduated in 1988 from Gammon Theological Seminary, Atlanta, GA.
Degree: MDiv., Master of Divinity, Christian Education.

Degree: D.Min., Doctor of Ministry

Prior Pastor Placement:
North Orangeburg UMC, Orangeburg, SC 1989 – 2002
New Vision UMC, Cincinnati, OH 2002 – 2011
Christ United Methodist Church, Columbus, OH 2011 – present

Other Achievements of Pastor Alston:

  • Author of Driven by Faith that was published in 2002.
  • Elected delegate for the 2012 Conference.
  • Board of Directors member of the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits of UMC.