Charles Allen (1913-2005)
Charles Allen was a prominent United Methodist minister who served as pastor of Grace Methodist Church in Atlanta from 1948 to 1960 and as pastor of First United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas, from 1960 to 1983. His columns in the Atlanta Journal and Constitution and the Houston Chronicle, his radio and television ministry, and his numerous books brought him national recognition.
Charles Livingstone Allen
The hallmark of Allen's ministry was "pastoral preaching" in a lucid and transparent style. In 1947 he founded Pulpit Preaching, a homiletical journal. It merged with Pulpit Digest in 1972 to form The New Pulpit Digest (renamed Pulpit Digest in 1978). Allen remained a contributor until 1989. His items, which began in Georgia's Wesleyan Christian Advocate in 1947, were a prelude to the column he wrote for the Atlanta Journal, beginning in 1949, and for the Atlanta Constitution, beginning in 1952. At Grace Methodist Church in Atlanta, a radio broadcast was initiated on WAGA in 1949, and
In Houston Allen added guided tours to Israel to his activities. By 1983 the Houston church had become the largest integrated congregation in Methodism. Several institutions, including Emory University; John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas; Piedmont College; and Wofford College, have awarded him honorary doctorates. After Allen retired from First United Methodist Church, he became a counselor to the employees of Transco Energy Corporation in Houston.
Allen died in Houston on August 30, 2005.
Charles L. Allen, What I Have Lived By: An Autobiography (Old Tappen, N.J.: F. H. Revell, 1976).
Ronald T. Meeks, "A Critical Analysis of the Preaching of Charles Livingstone Allen" (Ph.D. diss., New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 1996).
Charles L. Wallis, ed., The Charles L. Allen Treasury (Old Tappen, N.J.: Revell, 1970).
Frederick V. Mills Sr., LaGrange College
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