We exist to be a beacon for God offering spiritual opportunity and service to those in need.
First United Methodist Church of Chandler
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

 

Biography

Rev. Allen Carson
 
Allen and his wife Katharine have two sons, Cal 16 and Alex 14, and one daughter, Molly Grace 10.  Allen has served United Methodist Churches across Oklahoma the past 20 years as children, youth, and family minister, and as senior pastor for the past 13 years.  He earned his undergraduate degree in Family, Marriage Relations, and Child Development from the University of Central Oklahoma and his Master of Divinity Degree from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
 
Over the past 20 years, Allen has also worked with children, youth, and young adults in foster care and juvenile justice programs.  He has tutored and mentored in juvenile detention centers and alternative schools, and currently serves as a consultant to Oklahoma Systems of Care and serves on the Lincoln County Coalition.  He leads independent living workshops and training sessions for youth and adults.  His work within the church has focused on strengthening churches’ relationships with people at the margins to offer spiritual, emotional, and material resources.  As a former foster child in Oklahoma’s foster care program, he often speaks on issues related to the foster care system, shares ways communities can help youth at the margins, and shares his personal story.  The Church, Teachers, Mentors, and Citizens Caring for Children (CCC) had a profound impact on Allen’s journey from foster care into adulthood.