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Joshua Marc Allen 30, attended Lititz Christian School, minister, Philadelphia sports fan
Joshua Marc Allen, 30, of Las Cruces, N.M., was tragically killed in an accident near the Vinton, Texas, exit, just across the New Mexico border, Feb. 24, 2014. He was en route to pick up his twin brother at the airport when the accident occurred.
Josh attended Lititz Christian School during his elementary years and then graduated from Ephrata High School. He received his undergraduate degree from Liberty University and two post-graduate degrees, Masters of Religion and Master of Divinity in Apologetics and Bible, from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary both in Lynchburg, Va. While at Liberty he was a Resident Assistant.
During his seminary years, Josh was the Graduate Assistant to Dr. Elmer Towns, the Co-Founder of the University/Seminary. In a recent e-mail to the family Dr. Towns wrote, “I have had dozens of graduate assistants over the years, but Josh was one of my favorites. I shall miss hearing from him, and I shall miss finding out what he could have done in serving the Lord.” Josh continued working for Liberty University as an Adjunct Professor for the School of Religion.
Soon after graduating, Josh moved to Las Cruces, N.M., where he became the pastor of Grace Bible Church (a Bible Fellowship denominational church) located at the Bonito Plaza on Missouri Ave. Josh lovingly shepherded this young fledgling congregation which more than doubled under his leadership. Josh was a keen and faithful student of the Bible. He was a people person who not only loved people, but enjoyed serving them and would give you the shirt off his back. He was a leader among men, often with those old enough to be his dad. He had a compassionate heart. He loved his congregation and they dearly loved him.
Joshua comes from “good stock,” continuing the “family business,” which has included a dozen ministers. Joshua’s dad, Dan Allen, served for over twenty-three years as the pastor of the Bible Fellowship Church of Ephrata.
“Josh was driven that people would know the Jesus he came to love and serve,” noted his father. “His message was the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That God sent His Son into this world because of our sin. That Jesus died on the cross taking the sins of the world upon Him and rose victoriously the third day cementing the fact that He had conquered death, sin and Satan. And finally, that the only way one can have their sins forgiven is if they receive the gift of eternal life. This can be done by placing one’s faith and trust in Jesus Christ. For more information about how you can know for sure that when you die you will go to Heaven, please go to his website &tstr;800FollowMe.com.”
Josh was well known and loved throughout Las Cruces, as evidenced by the outpouring of love from friends, neighbors and local businesses. Condolences have poured in from throughout the nation and prayers have been offered internationally. He was known for his sense of humor and down to earth personality. He was an avid Philadelphia sports fan and often went to games with his family when he was on the east coast or when one of their teams came out west.
Josh is survived by his loving wife for four years: Shelley Allen, and their nine-month old son: Josiah Allen; his parents, the Rev. Doctor Daniel and Vonnie Allen, Hatfield, Pa.; two brothers: Matthew and his wife, Marissa Allen, Lititz, and Jason Allen (his twin) and his wife, Annalise, Las Cruces, N.M.; a sister: Melinda (Allen) and her husband, Ron Ogbin, Ephrata. He is also survived by uncles and aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.
His grandfathers: Revs. Russell T. Allen and Vonely Day preceded him to Heaven.
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, March 21 at the Ephrata Church of the Nazarene, 110 Durlach Rd, Ephrata. Calling hours from 5:30 to 7.
In lieu of flowers people can send donations for Shelley and her son, Josiah, at powerofhopeministries.org