Biography of A A Allen

Asa Alonso Allen (A A ALLEN)
Born : March 27, 1911 Sulphur Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
Died: June 11, 1970 (aged 59) San Francisco, California, U.S.
Occupation Evangelist, faith healer
Title : Head of A. A. Allen Revivals, Inc.

Successor : Don Stewart
Spouse(s) : Lexie (married September 19, 1936)
Children :Four

Early life
Asa A. Allen’s early life was lived in an often unpleasant environment. Having
been born to a white and an Indian parent, his family was very poor, and
his father was an alcoholic. At theage of 23, Allen became a Christian at
the Onward Methodist Church in Miller,[3] Missouri. Later, he learned of the
Baptism of the Holy Spirit from a Pentecostal preacher who was conducting meetings in his home. He soon felt the call to preach and affiliated himself with the Assemblies of God, subsequently obtaining ordination from them in 1936. He then began to pastor a small church in Colorado. By 1947, Allen was pastoring a large Assemblies of God church in Corpus Christi, Texas. After attending an Oral Roberts tent meeting in Dallas, Texas, in 1949, Allen testified that as he left that meeting he hoped to form a divine healing ministry.
He asked his church board to allow him to start a radio program. They refused.
Allen soon resigned from his church and began holding healing revival
meetings.Revivalist Stemming in part from healings, Allen became one of the first to develop a national television ministry which frequently included excerpts from his “healing line” ministry. By the late 1960s, however, music formed an increasingly dominant part of his programs, with that music generally being performed by African- American singer and choir leader Gene Martin.
In 1955, Allen purchased a large tent for $8,500. Allen was soon one of the
major healing evangelists on the Healing Revival circuit. Allen’s revival
meetings were similar to the other leading evangelists of the time (such
as Jack Coe, Oral Roberts, and William Branham) in that meetings were
typically characterized by preaching, testifying, music, and praying for the
sick. As was the case with other ministers of the time, Allen’s healing
ministry was facilitated by the use of “prayer cards” obtained in advance by
those requesting prayer for healing.Allen continued on the revival circuit, and in 1958, he purchased a tent that could seat over 22,000 (the tent was the one used by evangelist Jack Coe up until his death in 1956). Allen became one of the first evangelists to call poverty a spirit and believed in God’s ability to perform miracles financially. At his peak, he appeared on fifty-eight radio stations daily, as well as forty- three TV stations. At the time of his death, his Arizona headquarters was 22,400 acres (9.7 km ) with its own airfield. At that time, A. A. Allen Revivals, Inc. was publishing “well over” 60 million pieces of literature a year. The circulation of “Miracle Magazine,” published monthly by the Allen ministry, was 450,000 at the time of his death. The magazine included, at times, accounts of healings, but gave a disclaimer that the magazine does not “assume legal responsibility” of its accuracy. Gerald W. King, business manager of Miracle Valley, was quoted in 1969, shortly before Allen’s death, as saying, “We take in $2 million a year, and our expenses are $2 million a year.” He added that Miracle Valley’s annual payroll was $84,000. Few of his supposed miracles ever
underwent “scrutiny of physicians” and at his revivals in small print his disclaimer read: “A. A. Allen Revivals, Inc. assumes no legal responsibility for
the veracity of any such report.” One source, The Encyclopedia of American
Religions, claims that Allen did not like press coverage and that this “resulted
in his hiring of “goon squads” to punch out anyone who showed up for Allen’s
tent revivals with a notepad or camera.”
In his television programs, Allen or his ministry associates made frequent mention of the fact that his meeting were racially integrated. African- Americans sat alongside whites in the choir, the ministers’ section, and the
congregation. African-American musical talent was frequently highlighted in Allen’s television programs, especially in the 1960s. This racial attitude also found its expression in Allen’s sermon record album titled Did God Call the Apostle Paul to Preach the Gospel to the Black Man? The album cover refers to Allen as “no doubt the first evangelist on a great national or international scale to preach integration to huge crowds in the North and the South…” . This was something of an exaggeration, though perhaps in keeping with Allen’s personality. The far more mainstream revivalist Billy Graham, while not always consistent, had desegregated many of his revivals as early as 1953 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and integrated all his revivals following the Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954. Another major theme in Allen’s ministry was his unrelenting attacks on what he characterized as dead, formal,
denominational religion. This was a theme of a number of his televised messages and of such Miracle Valley publications as Allen’s book titled Let My People Go! This was also the theme of a book authored by Clarence G. Mitchell and published by Allen’s ministry, titled Starving Sheep and Overfed Shepherds (1963). Allen regarded “denominationalism” as a sin. This is reflected in the subtitle of Mitchell’s book: “Takes the Cover Off! Brings the Sin of Denominationalism Out into the Open!” At a revival meeting on January 1, 1958, in Phoenix, Arizona, Urbane Leiendecker, a recent convert, approached Allen and offered him 1,280 acres (5.2 km ) of land in [20] Arizona. This property, later expanded, was then named “Miracle Valley.” As such, it served as the ministry headquarters for A. A. Allen Revivals, Inc. This location housed Miracle Valley Bible College and its dorms and classrooms, a domed church, administrative buildings, a large warehouse, a residential neighborhood called Miracle Valley Estates, a publishing and printing plant, a four-press phonograph record plant, and Miracle Valley Fellowship, which served as a ministerial fellowship with about 10,000 ministers as members. In spite of the presence of its own print shop, however, Miracle Valley’s business manager Gerald King said in 1969 that the ministry spent $27,000 per month “farming out” jobs to other print shops that could not be handled on site In 1963, A. A. Allen Revivals, Inc. successfully sued the Internal Revenue Service in an attempt to get the government to refund collections of the Federal Insurance Contributions Act taxes for 1958-59. They had four children. One of them, Paul Asa Allen, is the author of In the Shadow of Greatness – Growing Up Allen. Death Allen died at the Jack Tar Hotel in San Francisco, California, on June 11, 1970, at the age of 59. The activities of the association were then moved to Phoenix and the Bible college continued to operate in Miracle Valley until 1975. Stewart then leased the campus to the Hispanic Assemblies by a 20-year lease agreement for merely $1 per year. They opened a Spanish- speaking Bible college known as the Southern Arizona Bible College. Between 1979 and early 1983, the Christ Miracle Healing Center and Church (CMHCC) operated on the
subdivision property on the north side of Highway 92 across from the bible
church. CMHCC, which consists of approximately 300 members who relocated from Mississippi and Chicago, was led Frances Thomas and her son William Thomas, Jr. CMHCC members isolated themselves professing what locals said was an “anti-white doctrine.” CMHCC’s doctrine of faith healing resulted in the death of six-year-old Therial Davis, and as many as four additional children. In 1979, Miracle Valley came to a close after bankruptcy hearings.In September 1982, the bible college’s main administration building and vast warehouse were set fire by arson which resulted in their total destruction. The main building was valued at $2 million. Stewart sent multiple donation requests to some people ois 100,000 person mailing list “even though his ministry is not associated with the college and the fire damage was insured.” According to the press, one of his letters “gave the impression […] the fire had cripple Stewart’s ministry” and another purported to include the building’s ashes with a request for $200 donations. His church had issues over Stewart’s financing and “questioned Stewart’s fundraising techniques” before. In addition, Stewart was accused by his church of arson, something Stewart denies.The insurance company paid $1.5 million for the reconstruction of the large building or $1 million for a “cash- out.” Stewart was not interested in rebuilding and intended to take the cash-out; however, the Spanish Assemblies of God (Central Latin American District Council of the Assemblies of God) wanted the facilities to be rebuilt. Subsequently, Stewart accepted the insurance money of $1 million for Miracle Valley, and the Assemblies of God would receive the Miracle Valley campus consisting of 15 buildings and nearly 80 acres 2 (320,000 m ) of land for $6 which equated to $1 per year for the previous six years. However, Don Stewart forced the Assemblies of God to maintain a Bible College for a minimum of 20 years, or the property would revert to his ministry. In 1995, exactly 20 years later, the Assemblies of God closed Southern Arizona Bible College and put the campus up for sale. In 1982, the group had severalconfrontations with utility workers, neighbors, and eventually law enforcement, resulting in a what became known as the Miracle Valley shootout in October 1982, during which two members of the church were killed and multiple sheriff’s deputies were injured. Miracle Valley Bible College was purchased by Harter Ministries in August 1999 and the school continued under the administration of Melvin Harter as the Miracle Valley Bible College and Seminary where students were taught in classical Pentecostal theology. However, in January 2009 a Phoenix-based mortgage firm foreclosed on the property, which currently contains several dilapidated buildings. Before the previous owner left the property, the entire north section of Sanctuary roof was removed. On December 20, 2011, the purchase ofthe property by the Langevin family was approved by the State of Arizona. They are a non-denominational ministry called Miracle Valley Arizona Ministries. In 2014, another group purchased the property with plans to re-establish a bible college.
Books published By A. A. Allen
1953 – Demon Possession Today and How to Be Free
1953 – God Will Heal You
1953 – How to Renew Your Youth Without Medicine, Drugs, or Surgery
1953 – The Man Whose Number is 666!
1954 – God’s Last Message to a Dying World
1954 – How to Have Freedom from Fear, Worry, Nerves
1954 – How to Have Power Over the Devil
1954 – My Vision of the Destruction of America Atop the Empire State Building
1958 – If I Make My Bed in Hell
1964 – Command Ye Me!
1967 – Bargain Counter Religion
1967 – Is It Religion or Racket? Faith or Fear?
1968 – God’s Guarantee to Bless and Prosper You Financially
1968 – Witchcraft, Wizards and Witches 1970 – Born to Lose, Bound to Win, autobiography written with Walter Wagner
America’s Sore Evil
Can God?
Divorce and the Lying Demon
Does God Heal through Medicine?
Except it Be for Fornication
God’s Guarantee to Heal You
Let My People Go! My Besetting Sin!
Published by A. A. Allen
1954 – God’s Man of Faith and Power: The Life Story of A. A. Allen by his wife, Lexie E. Allen 1963 – Starving Sheep and Overfed Shepherds by Clarence G. Mitchell Undated Demons Are Real Today!, a collection of drawings by a young girl Discography Allen formed Miracle Revival Recordings to sell recordings of hissinging and preaching, his demonexorcism, and the musical artists who were featured in his tent meetings.[45]Since his death a number of audio and video recordings of his tent revivals and his meetings at Miracle Valley have been released in various formats. The following is a partial list of phonographrecordings featuring Allen: 1971 Indian Camp Meeting Born to Lose, Bound to Win (EP) Did God Call the Apostle Paul to Preach the Gospel to the Black Man?(sermon by Allen, LP) Do Your Thing for God (sermon by Allen, LP God is a Killer! (sermon by Allen, LP, 1965) God’s Last Message (sermon by Allen, LP) Harvest Time (music sung by Allen and others, LP, Miracle Revival #139) He Died As a Fool Dieth (sermon by Allen, LP) The Healer of Broken Hearts (LP) Miracle Camp Meeting Reach Out and Touch the Lord (Allen and others, LP) Restoration Revival Alive (music by Allen and others, LP) Sounds of Revival (by Allen and others, LP) Sudden Destruction, No Remedy!/Spiritual Suicide! (sermons by Allen, LP) Talking Bible: Healing-Health Edition (scriptures read by Allen, LP) What Then (sermon by Allen, LP)
1. “Evangelist’s Death Due to ‘Alcoholism’ ” . Washington Post. June
27, 1970. Retrieved 2007-11-12. “The Rev. Asa A. Allen, evangelist who
founded the Miracle Valley Fellowship, died of acute alcoholism and fatty
infiltration of the liver, Coroner Henry W. Turkel said Wednesday. …”
2. Harrell 1975, p. 67
3. Randi, James (1989). The Faith Healers. Prometheus Books. p. 85.
ISBN 0-87975-535-0.
4. Harrell 1975, p. 68
5. Billingsley 2008, p. 189
6. Harrell 1975, p. 56
7. Harrell 1975, p. 69
8. Powers, Charles (March 8, 1970).
“Rev. A. A. Allen” He Shakes, Sways Hallelujah Trail” . Los Angeles Times.
Retrieved November 22, 2011.
9. Brown, Candy (2006). “From Tent Meetings and Store-front Healing Rooms to Walmarts and the Internet: Healing Spaces in the United States, the Americas, and the World, 1906–2006”. Church History. 75 (3): 631–647.
doi:10.1017/S000964070009867X .
12. Randi, James (1989). The Faith Healers. Prometheus Books. p. 84.
ISBN 0-87975-535-0.
13. “A.A. Allen Revivals, Inc., Looks Ahead! (full page ad)”. Tucson Daily
Citizen. July 4, 1970. p. 10.
14. Thomas, Bob (Nov 30, 1969). “Miracle Valley Base for Allen Revival”. The Arizona Republican. Phoenix, AZ. p. A-29.
15. The Encyclopedia of American Religions. 1. Tarrytown, NY: Triumph Books. 1991. pp. 258–59.
16. Stewart, Don (1999). Only believe: an eyewitness account of the great healing
revivals of the 20th century. Shippensburg, PA: Revival Press. p. 115. ISBN 1-56043-340-X.
17. Did God Call the Apostle Paul to Preach the Gospel to the Black Man?
(album cover)
18. Miller, Steven Patrick (2009). Billy Graham and the Rise of the Republican South. University of Pennsylvania. pp. 26–30.
19. A.A. Allen, Let My People Go (digital text)
20. Randi, James (1989). The Faith Healers. Prometheus Books. p. 83.
ISBN 0-87975-535-0.
21. “A. A. Allen Revivals, Inc. v. Commissioner” . United States Tax Court. October 11, 1963. Retrieved 2007-05-17.
22. “A. A. ALLEN REVIVALS, INC., Appellant, v. Ellis CAMPBELL, Jr.,
District Director of Internal Revenue, Appellee.” United States Court of
Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. November 26, 1965. Retrieved 2007-05-17. 23. Ringle, William M., Jr. (Sep 22,1997). “Church loses tax exempt status” . The Business Journal. “This refers back to 1960 when the IRS denied tax exemption for the association’s predecessor, A. A. Allen Revivals Inc. But in 1963 the Tax Court, after a trial, ruled that the IRS had been wrong. In 1965, the IRS granted the exemption. The IRS says the association “has completely mischaracterized” the court’s opinion in that case and that it is not barred from “challenging the association’s entitlement to exemption or its status as a church.”
24. Burgess, Stanley M.; Van Der Maas, Eduard M. (June 1, 2002). The New
International Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements. Grand
Rapids: Zondervan. p. 312.
25. “Alcoholism Took Life of Evangelist Allen” . Daily Report. June 25, 1970.
Retrieved 2007-05-17.
26. Anglen, Robert (May 4, 2009). “Don Stewart: A life in pursuit of God’s reward” . The Arizona Republic. Retrieved 2009-12-18.
27. Randi, James (1989). The Faith Healers. Prometheus Books. p. 88.
ISBN 0-87975-535-0.
28. “Well-Healed: All revved over evangelist Leroy Jenkins’ pyramid schemes” . Phoenix New Times. 1999-07-29. Retrieved 2007-05-17.
29. “Evangelist death laid to alcohol” . Chronicle-Telegram. June 25, 1970.
Retrieved 2007-05-17.
30. “Finances, Fraud and False Teaching – The Troubled History of Don
Stewart” . Trinity Foundation. 2002. Archived from the original on 2007-05-
15. Retrieved 2007-05-17.
31. Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements. Grand Rapids,
Mich.: Zondervan Publishing Co. 1988. p. 832.
32. “Prescott native hopes ashes will help rebuild his ministry” . The Daily Courier. November 5, 1982. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
33. “Deputies relive shootout at Miracle Valley” . KOLD-TV. February 6, 2009.
Retrieved 2009-05-17.
34. “Black Church Vs. White Pentecostals” . Los Angeles Times. Oct 1, 1981. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
35. “Arson Could Be Cause” . Kingman Daily Miner. September 22, 1982. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
36. “Lack of water hurt firefighting” . Kingman Daily Miner. September 13, 1982. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
37. Randi, James (1989). The Faith Healers. Prometheus Books. p. 88.
ISBN 0-87975-535-0. “Don Stewart, a former Bible student from Clarkdale, Arizona, began running the operation.Stewart eventually established his own
following in Phoenix, and is currently accused of arson and embezzlement byhis church.”
38. “Former S. Arizona Bible College gets a new mission” . Deseret News. November 6, 1999. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
39. “Miracle Valley 10 freed pending trial” . Chicago Tribune. Nov 30, 1982.
Retrieved 2009-05-17.
40. “Religion Briefs” . Dallas Morning News. October 16, 1999. Retrieved
41. ” ‘A Valley in Ruins’ for Miracle Valley” . Tucson Weekly. 2011-02-22.
Retrieved 2011-04-13
;42. Petermann, Eric (November 12, 2011). “Restoring Miracle Valley to its
former glory latest goal of family’s ministry” . The Herald. Sierra Vista.
Archived from the original on February 3, 2013. Retrieved November 22, 2011.
44. Miracle Valley Today webpage .
Retrieved 2015-03-05
45. Hayes, Cedric J.; Laughton, Robert (1992). Gospel records, 1943-1969: a
Black music discography. 2. Record Information Services. p. 473.
ISBN 9780907872290.
Billingsley, Scott (2008), It’s a new day: race and gender in the modern
charismatic movement, University of Alabama Press, ISBN 978-0-8173-
Harrell, David Edwin (1975), All things are possible: the healing & charismatic revivals in modern America, Indiana University Press,
ISBN 978-0-253-10090-0
External links
Asa Alonso Allen at Findagrave Restoration of Miracle Valley Videos
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