The Rev. Timothy J. Allen, who has served as a Methodist minister for 40 years, shall be ordained within the Episcopal Church, Diocese of West Virginia, by Bishop Matthew D. Cowden, at 7 p.m. at present at St. Thomas a Becket Episcopal Church, 75 Outdated Cheat Highway, Morgantown.
A reception will comply with and the general public is invited to attend.
Allen was born and raised in Huntington, the place he obtained his undergraduate diploma in counseling from Marshall College. Following his commencement, he achieved two prolonged items of Medical Pastoral Training at Cabell County Hospital whereas pursuing his grasp’s diploma at Marshall College. He obtained his Grasp of Divinity and his Physician of Ministry levels from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.
As an ordained United Methodist clergy, Allen pastored a number of appointments all through West Virginia and served on quite a few denominational committees. All through his years of service to his parishioners, Allen felt drawn to the Episcopal Church.
“Though my mom’s facet of my household was ‘dyed-in-the wool’ Methodist, my father’s facet of the household had an Anglo/Catholic heritage, which was at work in me even whereas within the UMC,” he stated. “Throughout my doctoral research in sacramental theology I developed a deep appreciation and craving for the Episcopal Church. The appreciation and craving continued to develop. I spotted to really be Wesleyan was to embrace the Anglican Communion. Following retirement, I got here house to ‘Mom Church.’”
Throughout the previous two years when St. Thomas a Becket Episcopal Church was with no rector, Allen stepped in frequently to guide companies for the congregation. On this capability, he assisted in advancing the mission of the church as a religion neighborhood of affection, inclusion and motion.