ALLEN, George B.A. 1872 - 1962

Obituary from the Minutes of the Methodist Conference 1962, page 209

Born in London in 1872. He was the son of staunch Methodist parents, and his early education was received in the Wesleyan School in London, where he later served for a time as a teacher, and in the City of London School.

Responding to a strong sense of call, he was accepted for the Wesleyan Ministry in 1893 and was trained at Handsworth College.

The fifty years of his active ministry were spent in three different spheres : as a circuit minister, as a tutor, and as Connexional Secretary of the Wesley Guild, and to each of them he brought rich gifts.

For eighteen years in circuits in Birmingham and London and in the Leeds Mission he exercised a gracious and fruitful ministry, giving early evidence of his love for young people.

For seventeen years he served as a tutor, first at Handsworth College, and later at Cliff College, where many young preachers owed much to his friendship and wise guidance.

But he will chiefly be remembered for his  work as the Connexional Secretary of the Wesley Guild movement.

Appointed to this office in 1920, for fifteen years he gave himself with unabated zeal to serving the youth of Methodism.

In the organization of the movement and the inspiration he gave to it he did a magnificent work.

One of the friendliest of men. he was loved wherever he went, and many thousands of people, young and old, came to look upon him as a personal friend.

Retiring from the active ministry in 1946. he spent his last years in Blackpool, where he continued to preach until a few months before his  death.

He died on 21 February 1962, in the ninetieth year of his age and the sixty-sixth of his ministry.

©Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes 1962

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