Alex was born in Texas into a military family. He served with the United States Navy as a helicopter pilot, and met and married his wife, Rudelle, while he served in Norfolk, Virginia. They have four sons two of which grew up at Knox Reformed Presbyterian Church and has two grandchildren and one great grandchild. He retired after thirty-six years as an engineer in the power industry. A Ruling Elder at Knox since 1995, he loves cooking, computer games, bible study and travelling to see friends and family.