The Reverend Dr. Carletta Allen was born in Tampa, Florida and raised primarily in Washington, DC and Prince George’s County, MD. Before settling in this area, she lived with her Air Force family in Japan for 2 ½ years. It was there that her appreciation for other languages and cultures was born. She enjoys traveling and learning about other peoples – the places they call home and their ways of living.
Prior to accepting the call to ordained service, Dr. Allen worked in corporate marketing for a Washington DC investment management firm. As an active lay member of this conference she enjoyed two particular areas of service. The first was United Methodist Women where she served in various local offices and, ultimately, as Washington East District Vice President until she entered seminary. The other call upon her life as a layperson was prison ministry. For eight years she led training workshops in non-violent conflict resolution for some of the area’s most violent offenders as a Lead Facilitator for the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP_USA).
Rev. Allen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Sciences from the University of Maryland University College, a Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary (cum laude), and a Doctor of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary (summa cum laude). Her doctoral track was entitled Leadership in Multi-Ethnic Ministries in the Wesleyan Tradition. However, after five years of study and research on multi-ethnic and multi-cultural ministries, her dissertation brought her full circle to her first love – the Black church. Her final project was entitled Worship as Pastoral Care: The Recovery of the Shout in the 21st Century Black Middle-class Church.
Since her ordination in 1996 she has served five congregations in the Baltimore-Washington Conference. Beyond the local church she serves as Chair of the Annapolis District Committee on Ordained Ministry (DCOM), and is the Secretary and member of the Executive Team of the Baltimore-Washington Conference Board of Ordained Ministry (BOOM). In 2011 she was the Chair of the Worship Planning Team for the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference.
Dr. Allen is a sought-after teacher, speaker and writer. She has taught in several Schools of Christian Mission, as well as the License to Preach School, Certified Lay Speaker training, and is on the faculty of the Certified Lay Ministers Academy. She is a guest writer for the Institute of Christian Jewish Studies and is featured with several essays in their most recent curriculum, Reclaiming the Center.
Her passion as a preacher and prophetic leader is lived out through her work in community serving and organizing. She served for four years as the Clergy Co-Chair of PATH (People Acting Together in Howard), an affiliate of the Industrial Areas Foundation (http://path-iaf.org/). PATH secured several notable victories for under-served groups in Howard County. In addition, by working with other area IAF affiliates, they were able to secure victories on key legislative matters for the citizens of our region.
In the Annapolis/Anne Arundel County community she serves currently as an active member of the Annapolis Rotary Club; secretary and archivist of the Caucus of African-American Leaders; member of the Anne Arundel County Animal Control Board; and secretary of the Maryland Civil Rights Coalition. She served on County Executive Schuh’s City of Annapolis Transition Team and has served on several non-profit boards and commissions, including the Lighthouse Shelter, Susanna Wesley House, Interfaith Worker Justice of Maryland and the Annapolis Commission on the Constitution of 1864 and Maryland Emancipation.
She is proud to be the mother of the former SSGT Dabrien Allen-Robinson who was honorably discharged in 2009 from the US Marine Corps after thirteen years of faithful and honorable service to his nation, including three tours of duty in Iraq. She is the grandmother of an adorable two-year old grandson. She shares her heart and her home with a fourteen-year old Jack Russell Terrier, Sir Winston Churchill.