Alan Hiatt was born and raised in northern Indiana. After graduation from high school he joined the Army. At the completion of his training he was sent to Okinawa. Having become a Christian while a youth, he continued to attend Chapel services. It was through these services that he met missionaries doing ministry with the youth. At the end of his tour of duty, in 1969, he knew God was directing him to become a missionary.
He completed his Bible training at Christians in Action, traveled in the states to recruit new missionaries, and got married. He and his wife were called as missionaries to Japan and began their Japanese language ministry in 1973. They started a church, saw a number of Japanese become Christians, one become a missionary, and a few became pastors.
In 1997 God directed them to take staff positions at the International headquarters. Over the next years they filled many key jobs at the office, especially overseeing much of the technical development of donor management.
At the end of 2013 they retired and in March of 2014 moved to Tucson. In May Alan was asked to help the church during a transition period. From the first of June he has been teaching and preaching at the scheduled meetings. He hopes to develope a core group of believers that can equip the people of the church to greater levels of maturity and thereby enlarge the ministry.
It was the early 1930s that our country was recovering from the Great Depression. A group of believers in Jesus Christ gathered in a one room school house on the northeast side of Tucson to study God's Word. It was soon that they sensed a need for organization and leadership. It was through the encouragement of Dr. R. S. Beal, and the First Baptist Church of Tucson that Tanque Verde Baptist Church came into being. Howard Smith, a local farmer, donated the four acres where the church was built on Tanque Verde Loop. It was completed and dedicated to the service of Jesus Christ in 1939.
Since those early days, many people have entered the doors of this Little Stone Church in the Desert. The stones with which the church was built have not changed much and the message proclaimed in this place remains exactly the same. The reference on the cornerstone states clearly the church's intent. . . . That He [Christ] Himself will come to have a first place in everything. The Apostle Paul states the means of meeting that objective. He said, . . . I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God (Acts 20:24).
Through the years, people come and go. Presently, we are rebuilding a family of believers who desire to proclaim God's grace to this community. We invite you to join us. People of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. We encourage young and old alike to drop by for a visit. You can be sure you will find a group of people who love the Lord, His Word and each other. If you desire to grow in the grace of God, you have found a fellowship of believers who desire the same.
The first century church called its message, the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ (2 Cor. 4:4). We intend to keep that light burning brightly on the Loop! All families in this community are welcome. Our methods may change, but the message is the same. It is the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ that is our reason for being here. It is our mission to share that message. Our top priority is to teach God's Word. When you pass by The Little Stone Church in the Desert remember that we are a Light on the Loop! You can be sure that we will keep the light on just for you! God bless you.