Matthew was born May 5, 1973 in Winston-Salem to Bobby and Elizabeth Allen. He has an older brother Patrick, a sister-in-law Heather, a nephew Daniel, and a niece Rachel. Matthew grew up in the Friedland Moravian Congregation and was baptized July 29, 1973 by the Rev. Alan Barnes. Matthew confirmed his faith in Christ on March 23, 1986 at Friedland. He was educated in the Winston- Salem/Forsyth County Schools and graduated Valedictorian of the Robert B. Glenn High School, Class of 1991.
Matthew entered the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the fall of 1991. He graduated with a B.A. in Communication Studies in May 1994. Matthew spent the next year doing two internships with the Moravian Church. He was Student Chaplain at Salemtowne, working with the Rev. Norwood Green and Pastoral Intern of Trinity Moravian Church, working with Dr. Henry May.
Responding to a call to ministry in the Moravian Church, Matthew entered Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in the fall of 1995. He served as Chairman of the Social Life Committee and sang in the seminary choir. Matthew served as Student Pastor of Grace Moravian Church, Coopersburg Moravian Church, and Nazareth Moravian Church, all in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania.
Matthew was ordained a Deacon of the Moravian Church at Friedland on May 31, 1998 with Bishop Graham Rights officiating. He served Pine Chapel Moravian from June 14, 1998 to March 31, 2002. Matthew began his pastorate at Oak Grove Moravian Church April 14, 2002 and will conclude it January 4, 2015.
Matthew has served on various provincial boards and committees, including the Board of Christian Education, Mission Society, Board of Cooperative Ministries, Synod Planning Committee, Ordination Review Committee, Moravian Ministry Association Planning Committee, Commission on Ordained Ministry, and is a Trustee of the Moravian Music Foundation. Matthew has also volunteered as a camp counselor and dean at Laurel Ridge.
Matthew sings tenor in the Moramus Chorale. He plays the trumpet and has played handbells in the past. Matthew enjoys reading Moravian and Winston-Salem history. He collects nativity scenes, Santas, and everything Moravian. Matthew enjoys traveling and has been to 2/3 of the U.S. states, as well as Israel, Germany, Czech Republic, France, Switzerland, Holland, and England.
Matthew enjoys spending time with his family, especially niece Rachel and nephew Daniel. Matthew is excited about becoming pastor of Olivet and looking forward to his ministry with us.
Olivet offers a traditional Moravian style service on Sunday Morning at 11:00 AM. Using hymns and liturgies from the Moravian Book of Worship the worshiper is led to a point when the children have a special time with the pastor and then a Gospel Sermon is preached by the Pastor or the Pastoral Assistant.
Communion is offered some eight times during the year, and all professing Christians are welcome to participate.
News from Olivet, The Regional Conferences of Churches, The Southern Province, and The Moravian Church in North America
Olivet offers opportunities for growth and fellowship to a variety of ages. Contact our church office for more specifics, or check our calendar for dates and times.
9:45 Sunday School
Throughout the year Olivet highlights certain special themes and topics during the Sunday Service.
Articles from Olivet's print newsletter by Pastor Doug.