The United Methodist Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century (SBC21) today announced that its National Executive Director Dr. Fred A. Allen, will retire effective December 31, 2019. The announcement was made during the SBC21 annual Coordinating Committee Meeting held in Nashville, TN October 30-31, 2019. The Coordinating Committee will conduct a national search for a new Executive Director.
Dr. Allen has served in his current role for twelve years, and prior to that he served as the Director of International Ministries and African American Initiatives for the United Methodist Publishing House. He is an elder in the New York Annual Conference. “Dr. Allen’s leadership has been marked with significant innovations and accomplishments”, said Bishop Holston, including the SBC21 National Network of Young Adults, National Prison and Social Justice Ministry and the Collaborative Coaching and Training Network.
Members of the Coordinating Committee recounted the significant accomplishments over the past decade. “Dr. Allen’s passion and commitment to the Black Church has created a steady foundation for SBC21 to continue to offer relevant programs and resources,” said Bishop Tracy S. Malone. Dr. Allen has represented the Black Church and Ethnic plans in a variety of ways including serving on the boards of Discipleship Ministries, Black Methodists for Church Renewal, and more.
“I have been blessed to lead SBC21 and to work with this amazing coordinating committee under the leadership of Bishops Jonathan Holston and Tracy S. Malone,” said Dr. Allen. “This team undergirded our work to inspire growth, vitality and innovation among leaders who desire to strengthen their churches and transform their communities. SBC21 is a vital mission initiative within The United Methodist Church and I am confident they will continue to strengthen and resource black churches for effective and transformational ministry,” Allen said.