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Dr. Roosevelt Allen, Jr. was born in Elberton, Georgia, on April 10, 1961, to Roosevelt and Mary Frances Allen. He was educated in the Elbert County School System until graduation in 1979. He furthered his education at Clark College in Atlanta, where he graduated magna cum laude with Bachelor of Science degree in 1983.

In June 1984, Dr. Allen married the love of his life, Rozetta Tanner. This union brought forth six children: Brandon, Jasmine, Justin, Andrew, Jordan, and Nicholas.

Dr. Allen received his medical degree in 1987 from the Medical College of Georgia.

Although he was brought up in the church from childhood, Dr. Allen resisted the call God placed on his life. In 1992, he finally said, “yes” to the Lord and accepted the call into the ministry.

Pastor Allen was licensed to preach under the auspices of Elder Arthur Mosley while a member of the Family of God Church of God in Christ. He was then ordained as an Elder by Bishop Chandler David Owens, jurisdictional bishop of Central Georgia. Pastor Allen founded Holy Bethel Church of God in Christ in 1998, and continues to serve God’s people through preaching and teaching, and in fasting and prayer.