The Vestry of Christ Church Vero Beach is pleased to announce that The Rev. Canon B. Keith Allen has accepted the call to serve as our fourth rector and will begin serving in early-January, 2020.
On Sunday Jan. 19, Fr. Allen will celebrate his first official Sunday as the Rector of Christ Church Vero Beach, serving as the Celebrant and preacher. The Classic and Encounter services will be combined into a single worship service at 9 am, and a reception will follow in the Welcome Center. The 9.23 Modern service remains scheduled at 11 am.
“We are grateful to God for leading our Rector Search Committee to Fr. Keith as He was simultaneously leading Fr. Keith to Christ Church," said Eleanor Dixon, Search Committee Chairman. "He brings a set of skills and gifts that God knows are suited for our parish, with experiences that are varied, compelling, and fully directed by God."
Since 2010, Fr. Keith Allen has served as Rector of Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Madison, Miss. His Anglican ministry began in 2004 as the Church Planter and Vicar for Church of the Holy Spirit – The River in Blacksburg, Va. He later served as Executive and Teaching Pastor for Church of the Holy Spirit, Roanoke, Va. Brought up as a Southern Baptist, Fr. Keith began his Christian ministry in 1990, working in various staff positions in Southern Baptist churches throughout the Carolinas.
Currently, Fr. Keith Allen is working on a Doctor of Ministry degree in Organizational Leadership from Asbury Theological Seminary. He holds a Master’s degree in Global Studies from Liberty University School of Divinity and a B.A. in Biblical Studies with Language from Southeastern Baptist Theological College.
Since 2017, Fr. Keith Allen has served as the Anglican Church in North America’s (ACNA) Provincial Canon for Myanmar. In addition, he was Dean for the Mid-South Anglican Convocation (ADOTS) 2012 to 2016, Chairman of the Board for Rwanda Ministry Partners in 2016, and a Board Member for Anglicans for Life, 2011 to 2014.
Fr. Keith and his wife, Kim, are originally from Jacksonville, Fla., and will be moving to Vero Beach with their adult son, John Calvin, after the holidays.
Please continue to cover them specifically in your prayers for the many tasks and decisions involved in relocating and beginning a new season of ministry in our parish and community. Pray also for the people of Holy Trinity Church who are now in a leadership transition, and for our congregation to welcome Fr. Keith and Kim Allen with support and openness to his Godly leadership and teaching.