Alan vows he'll never grow a beard.(Photo: A&E)
USA TODAY - He's the beardless one. And the newest member of the cast.
Alan Robertson, who made his debut on Duck Dynasty's Season 4 premiere last week, is explaining in an interview on CBN News' Friday edition of The 700 Club why he left his job as senior pastor of a large church to join the show.
The oldest son of Phil and Miss Kay ministered at White's Ferry Road Church of Christ for more than 20 years. He explains that some early teen craziness led him to the church early on.
"My high school years were just terrible and it was all a secret life - running around and drinking and cutting up," he tells CBN News White House Correspondent Jennifer Wishon, who traveled to West Monroe, La., to interview Robertson and his wife, Lisa. "So I was at the worst possible place - I was hiding in plain sight. I was in the church but I wasn't a Christian. I wasn't living for Christ."
After he graduated, Phil told him he either had to shape up or move out. Alan moved out and went to New Orleans, where he found more trouble. After about a year, he realized he needed to move back home. He made a commitment to follow Jesus Christ and Phil baptized him in the river behind their house.
And now Alan and Lisa, who do a lot of the family's scheduling, have made a decision to be on-camera. "I really feel like God had prepared us for such a moment as this and when America needs some family to say, 'Hey, we can make mistakes, you know. We can come from nothing -- we can have all these things now but ultimately none of it matters except that we're saved and we're gonna be in heaven forever with Christ.' "
Lisa notes: "To have a great church is good. But there is people out there that's not ever going to darken the doors that we have here. And they may not ever darken the doors of any church building. And so if we can give them a little taste of Christianity, a little taste of God, but in a fun way to tell them that just because you are a Christian doesn't mean that you can't have loads of fun and laugh all the time and just enjoy what God's given you."
Adds Alan, 47, "We're fairly young. If God gives us a lot more years on the Earth who knows where we're gonna go from there in terms of what we're gonna do?"
Just don't expect Alan to grow a beard. Ever. "I don't want to get stuck with that look, I mean, are you kidding me?"
Plus, Lisa likes him clean-shaven.
"You know, when there's things crawling out of your beard or whenever you've got food left from lunch or dinner, I don't know, that just kind of grosses me out," she says.
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