Dr. Alan Niquette
April 17, 1943 - October 30, 2014
Dr. Alan “the Drama Guy” Niquette, 71, of Independence, OR died October 30, 2014 peacefully in the early morning.
He was born in Riverside, California on April 17, 1943 to Ray and Margie Niquette, the third of four children.
Alan grew up in Long Beach, CA graduating from Brethren High School. He
received a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from Biola University, La
Mirada, CA in 1967. He then received a Master of Divinity from Talbot
Theological Seminary, La Mirada, CA in 1972, followed by a Doctor of
Ministry from Western Conservative Baptist Seminary, Portland, OR in
1987. Alan received his certificate of ordination from Valley Bible
Church of Northridge, CA, in 1976, where he and his brother David
co-pastored. Alan went on to serve local churches for more than twenty
years in full-time pastoral ministries, that emphasized expository
preaching and teaching.
In 1981, Alan met and married the love his life, Beth, May 14, 1983, and
together they raised three children. In 1990, God called Alan to use
his gifts to serve local churches, by presenting creative programs that
were Bible centered, appealing and life changing. Dramatic Difference
Ministries, Inc. was born on October 24, 1991, and became a full-time
ministry, available to serve local churches in the United States.
He based his ministry on the deep conviction that the Bible is the very
Word of God, the final authority for all that Christians believe and do.
With this background, Alan committed his life to a Bible teaching
ministry that was clear and practical -- that instructed young
disciples, while enriching the lives of mature believers -- a ministry
that moved all ages toward an authentic, growing relationship with God
and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Alan’s infectious enthusiasm and passion for life touched the hearts of
everyone he met; he was a great encourager and blessed countless lives
wherever he went. Alan was known for his sense of humor, and kept
people laughing both on and off the stage. He was everybody’s best
friend. Theater was not just his work, it was his delight. His love
for the Bible was evident in all of his stage plays, and you could hear
his desire for others to know God in his voice when he performed. Alan
also loved music and would spend nights sitting around playing bluegrass
music with his family on the guitar, ukulele, bass fiddle, harmonica,
and gut bucket. Cooking was one of his love languages, and he made
wonderful ‘daddy tacos’, onion rings, and chip dip. He was also an
adventurer, and loved hiking, biking, canoeing, and “train chasing” with
his family in the middle of the night.
He was a great man of prayer, and prayed for everyone he loved, at any
hour of the day or night. One of the most beautiful things about Alan
was his determination to say “I love you” to his family, every single
day of his life, which he did without fail.
Survivors include his wife, Beth; children Jeni, Kyndi, and Stetson; and
siblings Paul, Patricia, and David Niquette, and countless more family
A celebration of life will be held on Friday, November 7 at 3:30 p.m. at
Baker Creek Community Church: 325 NW Baker Creek Rd., McMinnville, OR
97128. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Dramatic Difference
Ministries, Inc. to help keep Alan’s dream alive: PO Box 145,
Independence, OR 97351.
One of Alan’s greatest goals was to live his life in such a way, that
when he finally met with his Savior face to face, he would be told,
“Well done, good and faithful servant… enter into the joy of your
master,” and we are confident those words have been spoken. (Matthew
Farnstrom Mortuary is caring for the family. For photos, memories, and
online condolences, please visit Alan’s memorial website at