Reverend Michael Anthony Alston, pastor of the Old Liberty Missionary Baptist Church, hails from the small town of Louisburg, North Carolina. As a boy, he exemplified a special anointing over his life. He initially answered the call to preach the gospel at the age of twelve, under the headship of his grandfather, the late Bishop Plummer “PJ” Alston, the founder and pastor of the Gospel Unlimited Church of Christ Disciples in Castalia, NC. The young Michael spent time with his grandfather as he learned how to conduct himself as a minister by way of assisting his grandfather in home bible studies, visitation of the sick and shut-in, attending the preachers and deacons assemblies just to name a few. These early years set the foundation for the life and the ministry of this humble servant of God. After the death of his grandfather, Reverend Alston continued his learning under the teaching of Bishop Johnny Alston, the son, and successor of the late Bishop PJ Alston.
Although he is well known for his gift of preaching the gospel, his ministry began in music. He started singing at the age of four and playing the drums and bass guitar at the age of six and quickly distinguished himself as a gifted singer and musician. He played and sang with his father and the family group “The Alston Family” for many years. Although he was extremely dedicated to the music ministry, he soon realized that this ministry was not the calling upon his life. Reverend Alston fully embraced his call to preach the Gospel at the age of 28.
In 2005, Reverend Michael Alston was ordained into the Baptist Association under the leadership and guidance of Dr. Charles Anthony Murrill, Sr, who was the seated pastor of the Old Liberty Missionary Baptist Church. Shortly after, Reverend Alston was called to his first pastoral role by the Hardie Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Oxford, NC; where he served faithfully for 7 years. During his tenure, the church experienced growth in membership, church membership disciple classes, a praise and worship team, dance ministry, Wednesday night bible study for kids, Friday Night Live for Youth as an alternative to Halloween, Couples Banquet, licensed two ministers, ordained one deacon, purchase of a church van, noonday prayer, 4th Sunday “Early Morning Worship”, Credit Restoration Workshop, Pastor and Deacon monthly visitation, Sunday “Building Fund Programs”, remodeling of ladies restroom/lounge, a new fellowship hall was built that included a pastor’s study, finance room, secretary office, baptismal pool and choir robe room. In 2007, Pastor and First Lady Alston organized and taught their first marital workshop that has blessed many married couples over the years. Pastor Alston also served as parliamentarian of the County Line Baptist Association. Countless others in the Oxford and surrounding areas were blessed through his evangelistic ministry.
In July 2012, Reverend Alston accepted God’s new divine assignment as the Burnett’s Chapel Christian Church in Graham, NC confirmed God’s appointment and called him as their next pastor. With a sincere desire to administer the church according to the Word of God, Pastor Alston preached and taught the Gospel leading to an increase in the weekly church attendance and bible study. A food ministry was formed that fed over 60 families monthly. Pastor Alston shared God’s vision to pay off the land mortgage, followed by the paying of the church mortgage to free up revenue to increase the outreach of the ministry. In 2015 the land mortgage was successfully paid off.
During this time, little did he know that after just 3 1/2 years of serving in the Graham, Snow Camp, Burlington and surrounding areas that God was about to transition him back home. In October 2015 after the resignation of his beloved friend, teacher and mentor, Dr. Charles Anthony Murrill, Sr., Pastor Alston accepted the call to return to the Old Liberty Missionary Baptist Church. At this church is where his journey began. The place where he met and married the love of his life (First Lady Terry Lewis Alston) in 1998, where he was ordained into the Baptist Association in 2005 and where he accepted the pastoral position in 2015.
Pastor Alston is most appreciative and humbled by the opportunity to pastor and serve in the community that reared him in the gospel as well as those he grew up and went to school with.
Pastor Alston is noted among many preachers and pastors as the “Preacher’s Preacher.” Yet, his heart for serving God’s people remains the same as his focus is on service, not fame and prosperity. He is a servant-leader, a trusted friend, visits the sick, counsel’s members privately, and greets members and visitors after each worship service.
Pastor Alston is happily married to Terry Lewis Alston of 18 years. He refers to her as; his wife, confidant, sweetheart, girlfriend, best friend, and the rose that blossoms for him every morning. She is his dixie crystal, sweet-n-low, equal and his splendor. They have three children: Satonya, Mikayla and Mikel and one grandson, Darius.
Pastor Alston’s favorite scripture is Psalm 199: 11.” Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee…”