UCC Calls Rev. Allen Lutes as Minister of Outreach
A warm UCC welcome to Rev. Allen Lutes as he accepts the call to be our new Minister of Outreach. Allen comes to us an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church with a heart for mission and connecting people to God and community.  He served as Associate Pastor of Arlington Heights United Methodist Church from June 2014-December 2019 and most recently as Associate Pastor of First Grapevine UMC from January 2020 to now. 
In both congregations he led missions, pastoral care and contemporary worship. 

Allen graduated from TCU with a B.A. in Radio-TV-Film Management in 1997 and was awarded a Master of Liberal Arts in 2003.  He earned a Culinary Certificate from the Culinary School of Fort Worth in 2005 and a Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry from Brite Divinity School in 2014.

During his tenure at Arlington Heights UMC Allen combined his training as a chef with his call to ministry. He launched a food truck ministry named Five & Two.  The  ministry provides meals and support to those experiencing homelessness. Sixty volunteers have been trained and continue to support this ministry.
Allen’s local mission work includes relationships with Presbyterian Night Shelter, Room in the Inn, Kid’s Hope USA, Como Food Pantry, Habitat for Humanity, Refugee Services of Texas, Grapevine Police Department, and more.  He has organized and led mission trips to Latvia, Costa Rica, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

“I believe in the transformative power of serving others and enjoy helping others find their gifts of service,” Allen explained. “As a former chef, I also believe in the power of a shared meal at God’s table, which is diverse, inclusive and open to all.” 

Allen comes to us following unanimous approval by the Search Committee and the Board of Stewards,  Allen’s first Sunday with us will be December 10just in time for Christmas Angels. He will be introduced in all worship services that morning. 

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