A Southern California native, Al attended Cerritos College and the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). After a brief stint in the National Football League, Al graduated from Talbot Theological Seminary in 1980 with a Master of Divinity in Bible exposition. From there, he served as a teacher, counselor and teaching pastor for a number of years until he and his wife were both diagnosed with cancer.
After a difficult encounter with their cancer surgeries, the Oliver family left professional ministry in 1989 for a season of healing and recovery. Al then worked in his family’s construction materials business and was eventually promoted to President and CEO. He later returned to pastoral ministry serving as a Transitional Pastor for churches belonging to the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA), and worked with four EFCA churches in nearly 13 years. Prior to joining VRM as Interim Director in July 2014, Al served as Transitional Pastor at Hillside Community Church in Porterville. He joined VRM full-time as Executive Director April 1, 2016.
Al has been married to his wife Verla for 40 years. They have two children (Matthew and Amber) and four grandchildren. In his free time Al enjoys salt-water fishing (especially in the Sea of Cortez).