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Louisiana minister stepping down to help family with thriving ‘Duck Commander’ business

Alan Robertson, left, and Mike Kellett at the White’s Ferry Road Church of Christ in West Monroe, La. (Photo by Lynn McMillon)

Alan Robertson, one of the ministers for the White’s Ferry Road Church of Christ in West Monroe, La., told the congregation Sunday that he’s leaving his church staff position.
The clean-shaven member of the Robertson clan plans to go to work for his family’s thriving Duck Commander business — the subject of the successful A&E reality series “Duck Dynasty.”
In an e-mail to The Christian Chronicle, Robertson elaborated on his decision:

I will still remain on as an elder here and teach (and even preach) as much as possible.  With the success of the television show, our business has exploded, and with all the filming my dad and brothers are doing, they needed help with the business. I am sure at some point I will appear on the show, as well, although it may be hard for them to find a spot for a “Jacob in a family of Esaus!” 🙂
Before I went to the White’s Ferry Road School of Biblical Studies way back in 1988, I worked with Dad to help start DC while I attended University of Louisiana Monroe taking business classes.
Before preaching school, we always thought I would help run the business. It just took 24 years to make that move, I suppose. 🙂 In a sense, it is going home for me, but we are blessed that we do not have to leave my home or WFR and will still get to serve and help lead this great church.
I have been co-preaching here with Mike Kellett, a 1978 WFR graduate, for the past eight years. Mike will still be preaching, and we will be using our current staff to help fill some of my roles and move forward.
We have some great young talent here to preach and teach and do ministry, and we plan on asking them to step up and keep this great work moving forward.

Phil Robertson, Alan’s father, also serves as an elder for the White’s Ferry Road church.
Read a 2009 Chronicle profile of Phil Robertson.
Read a 2008 Churches That Work feature on the White’s Ferry Road church.

  • Feedback
    I’ve known Alan since he was 3 or 4 years old and lived across the street from my grandparents in Junction City, AR. I am so proud of him and his family…and thankful for the part my grandparents played in his early life. I know they are looking down with joy! God bless you, Alan!
    Deanna Brooks
    June, 12 2012

    Your readers might be interested to read an article I posted on my blog about Duckdynasty and Alan. http://wp.me/p2PSx-tC
    Blessings on your work at the Chronicle,
    Royce Ogle
    Monroe, LA
    Royce Ogle
    June, 12 2012

    Thanks, Royce! I enjoyed reading your article.
    Bobby Ross Jr.
    June, 12 2012

    In the photo, Mike Kellett is on the right, I believe.
    Jay Simpson
    June, 12 2012

    Royce…Great Article…I enjoyed the reading.
    Dee & I have enjoyed watching this season of Duck Dynasty. We look forward to what next year will also bring.
    Alan…we love you much. We always enjoyed your preaching.
    Bobby…continue to inspire others through your writings!
    White’s Ferry…Dee & I love y’all and miss y’all.
    To All Who’ve Helped Rebuild New Orleans by Coming Here on Their Mission Trips and Sending Funds…Many Thanks! We needed your help and you delivered. There’s Still So Much Work That Needs to Be Done…Come on Down!!
    Many Blessings to All…
    Fred & Dee Franke
    Operation Nehemiah
    New Orleans, LA
    Fred Franke
    June, 12 2012

    My bad! Thanks, Jay. Fixed that typo.
    Bobby Ross Jr.
    June, 12 2012

    Jay and Bobby: Yes, Mike Kellett up there is “the man in black.”
    David Ramsey
    June, 13 2012

    I wonder if Alan will now grow a beard too. I sure hope so. The pictures of them without them seems so wrong! This show is so amazing amazing amazing amazing
    November, 21 2012

    Is this the kind of Church of Christ where they don’t use musical instruments, they just sing acappela?
    December, 7 2012

    Is Alan going to be growing a beard too?
    December, 15 2012

    Hello Brothers and Sisters in Christ there at Whites Ferry Road CofC.
    I do appreciate the good info I am getting about Alan and his history in life and in the Ministry of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
    We are hooked on the Duck Commander tv series, It is the real American Way, the way life should be.
    Thanks and God Bless you all, and God Bless Alan in his ministry.
    Yours in Christ Ed Keith Myrtle Beach, S. C.
    Ed Keith
    February, 15 2013

    Royce, I enjoyed your article as well. I just wanted to add that, while you don’t see a lot of evangelization or preaching on the show, the Robertsons embody “actions speak louder than words”…I think they preach their message in a very clever way. A lot of folks today are turned off by preaching, but the Robertsons have brought back family values. They make it cool and fun to be close to your family. They work together, play together, eat together, raise their kids together, and are all very intimately involved in each others’ lives, AND they make it such a fun and entertaining lifestyle that who could help but want that! I’m a huge fan and probably a little bias, but I believe they are single-handedly restoring long lost and sorely needed family values, and I love the way their doing it!
    ms. scarlett
    March, 15 2013

    DD is one of the very, very few shows we enjoy that we can watch with our grandkids and not worry about language or material .
    May, 8 2013

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