UTICA — Alan Pratt’s 70th birthday should be a memorable one for him. Besides celebrating his birthday on Jan. 29, 2017, this day will mark his official retirement as pastor of Utica Church of Christ after 43 1/2 years, where he has served since July 1, 1973.
Pratt grew up in Meadville, Pa., attending Cincinnati Christian University.
“At that time, that was the place to go. It was well thought of in circles our churches were familiar with. And my cousins went there,” said Pratt, who was a teenager when he felt the call to ministry, “All of my high school courses were geared toward what I would be doing. And it’s all I’ve ever done.”