Having grown up on a cattle farm in southeast Tennessee, Rev. DeFriese came to Virginia in 1992 as Airman DeFriese, stationed at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton. During his time in the Hampton roads area, he met a young lady named Faith Poteat who worked at a place called the Peninsula Rescue Mission. After separating from the Air Force, he remained in the area, married Faith, and went back into the electrical work he was doing prior to his Air Force service. As his exposure to the Rescue Mission continued, God began to increase his desire to be part of leading men to Christ and helping them grow to be Godly men. In April 1999, Alan came to the Mission as Assistant Superintendent. Soon after completing his seminary work Alan became Rev. DeFriese.
Rev. DeFriese loves spending time with the men during his weekly small groups, as well as directing Camp Open Arms. He also loves to share about the Mission's work with groups large and small, and is available for pulpit supply.
He is still very happily married to Faith, and they have 3 sons… Joshua, James, and Joseph.