VINCENT C. ALLEN
Pastor, Agape Fellowship Ministries, Inc.
Overseer, Agape International Ministries, Inc.
Vincent currently works for the Office of the Deputy Chief Management Officer, Office of the Secretary of Defense. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and spent his formative years in Detroit, Michigan; Matriculating at both Cooley and Kettering high schools, finally graduating from Highland Park High in 1982.
He retired from the Marine Corps in 2002 after 20 years of active service. His last years in the Marine Corps was working for two Assistant Commandants and the 32nd Commandant of the Marine Corps. Also, he served with North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) at the former Allied Forces Southern Command, Naples, Italy as Joint Operations Center Noncommissioned Officer in Charge during the Kosovo campaign.
Vincent also commenced his journey in gospel ministry in 1985, under the tutelage of the late Bishop Archie Buchanan (his mentor) in Okinawa, Japan. From 1987 until 1990 he sat under the leadership of the late Elder Floyd Henry Thuston (his mentor) in Kansas City, Missouri where he honed in on the spirit of servitude. He is currently dual enrolled at Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology (STVU) at Virginia Union University, graduating in May 2017 with both the Masters of Divinity and Masters of Art in Christian Education. Vincent is planning to further his education as he pursues his Doctorate in Ministry at STVU.
Adhering to his spiritual heritage and Church of God in Christ, Inc. roots, Vincent maintains that rich culture as he serves as a Superintendent in the cabinet of Bishop L. F. Thuston, Prelate, Kansas East Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction and Chairman of the General Assembly. Additionally, he serves as Bishop Thuston’s personal adjutant.
He is married to the former Felicia L. Harris of Detroit, MI since January 1984. She received her Masters of Divinity from STVU in May 2015 and is currently a Chaplain Resident at Mary Washington/Stafford Hospitals. Their two daughters Tanisha (Preston), and Crystal, along with their oldest son, Dr. Vincent, Jr. (PhD), live in Atlanta, GA. Their youngest son, Branden lives in McLean, VA. In addition, they have five grandchildren; DaShawn, Jalen, Jasmeen, Taiya, and Preston, III.
Vincent is a lifetime member in the following organizations: Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., the NAACP, Quantico Chapter #32, The National Montford Point Marines Association, Inc., and a Gold Plus member of Blacks in Government, Pentagon Chapter.