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Sunday Morning Worship: 11:00 am
Sunday School (Youth & Adult): 9:30 am
801 Vance Street
Toledo, Ohio 43607
D.D. Bishop Rance L. Allen
Bishop Rance Allen was born in Monroe, Michigan in 1948 to his parents, Thomas and Emma Pearl Allen. He has eleven siblings: six sisters and five brothers.
With love, guidance and inspiration from his late mother and grandmother, Bishop Allen preached his first sermon and started singing the gospel for the public at age five. At age seven he was playing the piano and by the tender age of nine he was preaching and singing the gospel throughout Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Bishop Allen was ordained an Elder in the Church of God In Christ (COGIC) by the late Bishop John Seth Bailey in 1978. He served as Assistant Pastor of Holiness Temple COGIC in Monroe, Michigan for 6-1/2 years. He was installed as Pastor of New Bethel Church Of God In Christ in Toledo, Ohio, where he has been since its July, 1985 beginning, by Founder, the late Bishop Gilbert E. Patterson. He serves as Chairman of the Toledo District, Ohio North #1 under Jurisdictional Prelate Edward T. Cook.
As an international evangelist, Bishop Allen travels throughout the world conducting revivals and spreading the joy of the Lord's word. In recognition of his lifetime commitment to glorifying the name of the Lord thru his preaching and singing ministries, the Urban Bible Institute of Detroit, Michigan bestowed upon him an honorary Doctorate of Divinity in October, 1995.
Also a gifted musician, Bishop Allen, joined by his brothers Thomas and Steve, formed The Rance Allen Group in 1969, singing contemporary gospel music. He was recently celebrated as one of the Great Men of Gospel by The Black Academy of Arts and Letters.
In other interests Bishop Allen made a name for himself as an actor while traveling in several gospel music stage productions from 1989-1992. His voice was also heard singing the opening theme song to the pilot weekly television program, "Small Talk" which aired in the Fall of 1990.
Bishop Allen has been married to First Lady Ellen Marie Groves since December, 1970, an Evangelist in her own right who works diligently by his side in supporting his ministry on all levels. While there are no natural children born to their union, they share their love and support with many God-children.
Bishop Allen expresses himself in the words of his favorite scripture, ROMANS 8:28: "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." He continues to move forward and higher in the Lord in an effort to be all that he can possibly be, HIS humble servant.
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