Toledo, Ohio (WTVG) – Renowned evangelical singer-songwriter Bishop Rance Allen died Saturday morning at the age of 71, according to his family.
Bishop Allen moved to Toledo in 1989 and was pastor of the New Bethel Church of God. She has previously performed for President Barack Obama and was nominated for five Grammy Awards.
Bishop Rance Allen was born in 1948 in Michigan, Michigan, one of 12 children. He began his ministry at the age of five, and at the age of nine, he began preaching in Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. He was licensed to preach at the age of 12, and since then he has carried the word of the Lord throughout the United States and abroad. In 1978, he was appointed an Elder by the late Bishop John Seth Bailey and later served as Associate Pastor of the Holiness Temple Church of God in Christ (COGIC) in Monroe, MI for 6-1 / 2 years.
In 1985, Bishop Gilbert Patterson founded the New Bethel Church in Toledo, OH, and installed Bishop Allen as a pastor where he currently serves. He is a member of the Nelberhood Improvement Foundation Toledo, Inc. Served for many years on a board of, dedicated to improving the inner-city environment. In recognition of his dedicated years in the ministry, he was awarded an honorary doctorate in 1995 by the Urban Bible Institute of Detroit. In September 2011, by the wonderful grace of God, Bishop Allen was sent to the jurisdiction of Northwestern Harvest, Michigan, the successor to the late Bishop Alfred Knight, Jr. of Detroit, and on November 7, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri to the 104th Holy Was consecrated during. He has also been blessed with the wonderful and humble opportunity to preach the key message to thousands of people during the 90th, 96th and 105th International Kozhik Sacrament Convocations.
Bishop Allen has been married to evangelist Ellen Marie Grove since December 1970. Calling her life a great blessing has been a great blessing for Bishop Allen because he has helped her to take her servants to a higher level in God. Although no natural children have been born in this union, they give their love and support to many God-children.
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