Alan Garcia was born in Mexico but raised in the Hutchinson area of Minnesota. Although he did not grow up as a Seventh-day Adventist, he was brought up in a semi-Christian home. After attending community college for a few years after high school, he went on to Union College to complete a degree in English. While taking classes there, he had the realization that what he really wanted to study was religion. Alan then went on to graduate from Union College with a Bachelor's in Religious Education and a minor in English. He also is fluent in Spanish and was a missionary in Micronesia for a few years. His greatest desire as a part of the Maplewood Team is to help as many students as possible fall in love with Jesus.