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Outdoorsman Chuck McAlister visits UC


Williamsburg, Ky.— Avid hunter and outdoorsman Chuck McAlister recently visited University of the Cumberlands (UC). McAlister, a senior pastor at The Church at Crossgate Center in Hot Springs, Ark., told his stories for the students in the Gatliff Chapel on Sept. 19.

McAlister mesmerized the audience at UC with stories and a firearm. He told his story and life lessons he learned from his father and grandfather while he hunted. McAlister said he learned what being a man was about during his hunting trips as a child. He brought out his grandfather’s quail hunting gun, a 16-gauge Browning 316.

“All those lessons were engrained in me,” McAlister said. “I learned what it meant to be a man, to be honest, and to have integrity.”

McAlister spoke to the audience about sensitive subjects, especially the story about how he acquired his grandfather’s quail gun. He told the audience about how his grandfather became ill with Alzheimer’s disease, but in a moment of clarity, his grandfather wrote it in his last will for McAlister to have the gun, which is his most prized possession. McAlister quoted a lesson his grandfather taught him during his youth.

“It’s not the gun; it’s the man behind the gun,” McAlister quoted.

McAlister shared many more stories about his experiences with the outdoors, in which many occurred on his long-running television show, “Adventure Bound Outdoors” on the Outdoor Channel. He has also been a pastor in five different states and the chairman of many Baptist affiliated groups and missions, including the International Missions Board (IMB).

McAlister and his wife, Janice, work with the International Disaster Relief in order to help the victims of HIV/AIDS in Africa during their last few months of life.

“We provide buckets of hygiene products for the people in sub-Sahara Africa during their last two months of life,” Janice McAlister said.

The McAlister’s brought their mission to the students of UC by sharing their story and asking them to step up and help in everything they do in word and deed.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; 10 pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit

Article Provided by Amanda Kelly, UC Multimedia and Athletic Services Department