About Pastor Alston

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

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, the older, loves to travel especially outside the US. She graduated from OSU with her history degree, her Masters in Library and Information Science at U of Pitt and is currently employed at Howard U as an archivist.

Nicholas graduated from Missouri U with a degree in Hospitality Management. He is an entrepreneur and an avid rugby player.

 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.  in Social Science and Political Science.

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

Spirit of Truth Institute

Degree: D.Min. Christian Education II

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" published in 2002.
  • Elected delegate for the 2000 & 2012  General Conferences.
  • Board of Directors member of the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits of UMC.