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Brief Autobiography of
Minister Jim Allen
Activist, Blogger, MENtor, Businessman,
Lecturer, and Pediatric Medical Advocate.
Some have asked who is Minister Jim Allen and where does he hail?
I grew up in Chicago, spent time in various communities. I was raised in church at Bethlehem healing Temple 12 S. Oakley to be exact. My family used to live directly across the street from the church we attended. We then moved to the Lawndale community where we lived on Francisco just off of Roosevelt Road. In 1987 my family moved to Lawndale Gardens which is a housing project across the street from Cook County Jail. From 9 years old to 19 years old I grew up in between Little Village and Pilsen. I attended John Spry Elementary, but graduated from Nathaniel Pope. At around 13 years old I became interested in joining the Gangster Disciple Nation. I was sort of forced to join a gang due to my surroundings. For you see I could no longer freely walk to the General E. Woods Boys and Girls Club like I use to when I was 9 years old. The Latin Kings after jumping/punching me in the face told me I no longer had a pass to come in and out of their territory. Thus I considered joining the Gangster Disciples; however, they wouldn't allow me to sell drugs of which was one of the main reasons why I wanted to join. I wanted to make money. From 13 - 15 I worked odd jobs and summer jobs.
Why did my mom respond "go to church?" Because she knew church was where I belonged. Its where I started out as a pew baby. My mom knew there were men in church able to aide and assist me and she was right! By the time I made it too church I was broken, 17 years old and struggling in college. Church completely turned my life around almost overnight! I made it my business to get close to my pastor who not only was my pastor but eventually became my best friend and a father figure. I also reconnected with men in church I knew since I was a kid. As I remained faithful to my church I was called to ministry and preached my first sermon in December 1996. I was licensed a minister in 1998 by my Pastor the late great Bishop Dr. A.C. Richards. As a minister I remember baptizing one of my gang chiefs who had heard about how church changed my life. I always tell people if you wanna change your life start by going to church.
After becoming a Minister I then began being active in my community. I was introduced to community activism by the late great Rev. Rosetta Henry. She taught me how to organize, how to implement programs, and how to write grants. From 1996-98 I served as a community activist within the Chicago Housing Authority Region III. Since then I've assisted many around the City of Chicago in developing and implementing community programs. For the last 10 years I've served as a Recreational Therapist and Ambassador for Shriners Hospital for Children-Chicago where I've introduced many politicians such as Mayor Rahm Emanuel to the greatness of Shriners Hospital for Children-Chicago.
Kally Walsh, Mayor Rahm Emanuel,
Min. Jim Allen and Daughter
I do not hide from my past or present for they helped shape me into the man I am today. My early childhood was my Sparta even though I wouldn't wish it on anyone. I always say I'm living on borrowed time. I should of died in 1995, but GOD spared me therefore I will forever keep hope alive.
Assisted in stopping the robbing of seniors and women in Oak Park, Illinois. Click below LINK:
Named HOMETOWN HERO by 720AM theGospel. Click below LINK:
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