Allen2013I am a native of Rome, Georgia, having lived there until I went to seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. I spent six years in the Washington, DC area, attending Virginia Theological Seminary and graduating in 2007. My first three years in the priesthood were spent at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Great Falls, Virginia where I focused on work with youth and their parents. I have been serving as rector of St. Mark’s since October of 2010.

I began life (as most Georgia boys do) in the Baptist church, only finding my way to the Episcopal Church while attending Shorter College. From the moment I stepped into an Episcopal church, I have been taken with the liturgy and the theology of the church. I appreciate good preaching but I am also thankful that our service culminates in gathering around the common table to receive the Body and Blood of Christ.

I am married to Casey Pruitt and we have two daughters, Abby Grace and Ila.  When I’m not cleaning glitter out of my truck I enjoy reading biographies, cooking, and playing pickle ball for a little exercise.

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