Preacher Alan Smith serves as the minister for the Helen Street Church of Christ in Fayetteville, North Carolina, home of Fort Bragg.

Alan has been preaching for 31 years and has been with the Helen Street Church of Christ since August 2006. He received a bachelor's degree in Bible from Freed-Hardeman College in 1977, and has previously preached for congregations in Milan, TN, Bassett, VA, Roanoke Rapids, NC, Gloucester, VA, Boone, NC, and White House, TN.

Alan has been married for 30 years to the former Sueanne Sword, and they have three children -- Charity (living in Baumholder, Germany), Amber (living in Fayetteville, NC) and Joshua (attending Western Kentucky University).

Alan started the daily e-mail devotional, "Thought For the Day" in September 1997. He enjoyed sharing humorous stories received by e-mail with his friends and members of the congregation and felt that people might enjoy reading those bits of humor with a spiritual application and challenge to Christian living, so TFTD was born. Initially sent to 25 friends, it was passed on and passed on until eventually it reached over 12,000 subscribers in all fifty states and over 90 different countries.