Pastor Calvin Collidge Allen Sr.


“God’s Trumpeter Sounding in A Lost City”
“The Exodus of one falling asleep is like an honorable discharge from a long warfare, when at the end of the road the traveler is welcome home”.
Pastor Calvin C. Allen, Sr. departed this life on Saturday, November 28, 2020 at Continuing Healthcare of Gahanna. He was the Founder of the Saint Thomas Baptist Church where he Pastored for 57 years. He is preceded in death by parents, Dallas Rance, Allen and Daisy Right (Petty) Allen, First Lady Marcella M. Allen, wife of 58 years, Son Rev. Calvin C. Allen Jr., brothers: Marshall, Dallas, Lee Roy and Joseph Allen, sisters: Mildred Mapp, and Ruby Williams.

Pastor Allen received his secondary education in Columbus, Ohio. He attended South High School and went to pursue his religious education by graduating from Simmons Bible College in Louisville, Kentucky. He received a Bachelor of Theology and a Master of Divinity Degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary Capital University. He received his Old Testament Studies education from the Pontifical College Josephinium, a Roman Catholic Seminary. He completed Clinical Pastorial Education at the Southwest Mental Health Center. He served as Chaplain at T.I.C.O., the Ohio Youth Commission and studied counseling at the Columbus State Hospital, now known as Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare Hospital.

He was a past employee of The Pennsylvania Railroad and The City of Columbus. His sudden Homegoing leaves to cherish his memory, two daughters, Evangelist Rhoda Elaine and Jill Renee Allen. Six grandchildren, Katrina Richardson, David Allen, Amber Allen-Daniels, Isiah Allen, Neil Elliott Dana, and wonderful great grand and great-great grandchildren. Brother Pastor Carl W. Allen, Sr. Sisters: Ola Mae Bibb, Daisy Wilson, Grace McBroom, Deborah Western, and Barbara J. Valentine. Brother in law Guy Arnold Jr. Sister in laws: Estella Bass, and Janet Shannon. Also an awesome host of nieces, nephews,

Private Visitation 10:00 AM and Private Funeral Service 11:00 AM Monday, December 7, 2020 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH 2500 Cleveland Ave. Mask and Social Distancing are required. Interment at Glen Rest.


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  1. My condolence to the family of uncle pastor Calvin C. Allen Sr. We must always remember
    Romans 15:13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing that you
    may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. In these troubling times we all need hope and Gods light to guide us. God Bless.

    The Williams Family

  2. We can’t begin to imagine what you are feeling, but please let us share our deepest sympathy. In times of distress we need comfort that soothes our hearts .
    May the peace of God guard your hearts.

  3. Our deepest sympathy to the Allen family. May God comfort and give you peace. Our desire should be to live so that we can meet him again. God bless each of you.
    The North Carolina Petty and Allen families

  4. My heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to Rhoda and the entire Allen family. Pastor Allen was truly a remarkable warrior for the lord who has touched so many through the years. His beautiful family is a testimony to his enduring legacy. God bless and keep you.

  5. My deepest condolences to the Allen family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Well done Pastor Allen!

    His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

    Matthew 25:23

  6. Cheryle R Davis

    What a wonderful Time in my life when I attended St.Thomas Baptist church under Pastor Allen..He baptized me while pregnant with my now 15 year old twins assisted by deacon Vince Williams .My memories of the love of Pastor Allen and Sister Allen and their ministry will be forever with me. He was definitely a fisher of men❤

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