The Rev. Dr. Fred A. Allen is the National Director of Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century (SBC 21) and is a retired clergy member of the New York Annual Conference. Dr. Allen has been a national leader in the United Methodist Church for many years as well as involved in international mission work in countries including the former Soviet Union (Russia/Baltic States Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania); Managua, Nicaragua; Wales (United Kingdom); seven countries in Africa including South Africa; and have traveled to eight Caribbean Islands.
Before assuming this post at SBC 21 at the Discipleship Ministries (formerly General Board of Discipleship), Dr. Allen served seven years at the United Methodist Publishing House as Executive Director of African American Initiatives & International Outreach.
Dr. Allen has over forth – five years of experience as a professional minister, manager, administrator and communicator in Christian institutions including local church pastorates, denominational national program agencies and para-church organizations, and has served in a variety of capacities including board membership for the following UMC General Boards and Agencies and beyond: General Board of Global Ministries, Black Methodist for Church Renewal, Africa Collaboration Team, Commission on the Status and Role of Women, Metropolitan Community Young Adult Training Program, Inc., The Parsons Black Improvement Team, Strengthening The Black Church for the 21st Century, Interagency Global Health Initiative, General Commission on Unity and Inter-religious Concerns (Consultation on the Global Nature of The Church, Salama Ministries, Tennessee Alliance for Progress, Inter-Ethnic Strategy Development Group, the Wesley Foundation.
Dr. Allen is a native of Nashville, Tennessee, married to Christine and the father of four children, Sharonda, LaChelle, DeAndra and Justin. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology from Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN; his Master of Divinity Degree, from St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri and his Doctor of Ministry Degree from Drew University School of Theology, Madison, New Jersey.
All this is to say that Dr. Allen brings a great deal of experience, knowledge, and passion for the global ministry of the Church.
Following is my Brief Statement:
“I am creating something new. There it is! Do you see it? I have put roads in deserts, streams in thirsty lands. Isaiah 43:19 (CEV)
Charting the organizational course entails the creation of new SBC21 strategies and approaches that blends the best practices across all major competencies of the enterprise. Moving forward, SBC 21 is expecting more from each of its units and networks, and with this expectation the national office is providing new resources and technology to assist in this effort. With the assistance of resources and experts in the field of organizational learning and communication, a comprehensive strategy has been created to enhance the SBC21 experience and program results. This new approach is providing an infrastructure designed to expose partner churches to new ministries and provide support and follow-up through the completion of mutually agreed upon SMART Goals. To God be the glory!