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Welcome to a GREAT church!! Friendship is a growing assembly where Jesus is lifted up, the Holy Spirit is
experienced, and the Word of God is taught with authority and simplicity. Here you will feel the Love of God
flowing through his people. You will be enriched, encouraged, and empowered to reach your Destiny in Christ.
If you are seeking a family-oriented church that is dedicated to meeting the needs of your entire family, a church
that is moving under a powerful anointing, and a church that is Christ centered and destiny driven. I encourage
you to begin worship with us. We assure you that there is a place of spiritual growth and maturity for you at
Pastor Ron holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Ministry from Trinity
International University, a Master's Degree in Religion/Urban Ministry, a Masters in
Christians Studies, and has recently completed his Masters in Bio-ethics.
His Ministerial experience is very extensive. PastorRon was a founding member, Board
of Elders at New Life Celebration Church of God in Dolton, IL. He has served as
Administrative Pastor at New Life Christian Fellowship in Joliet ,IL in addition he
served as Director of Evangelism Rock of Ages Baptist Church in Maywood, Il. In
September, 2007, the Chicago First Church of the Nazarene board extended a unanimous
call to Rev. Ron Allen to be thePastor for Chicago First Church of the Nazarene's at the
Austin campus. He is presently the Assistant Director of Admissions and adjunct faculty
for Trinity International University’s South Chicago Regional Center in Dolton, Il..
Pastor Ron is the proud father of seven (7) children, many grandchildren and 2
great- grandchildren. Blessed is the man who has a quiver full. Pastor Ron lives in Joliet, IL. with his wife First Lady Tonyaof 25 years who has faithfully in ministry alongside of her husband as the Director of Worship. Their two children Aja 21yrs old and Joshua 14 yrs. old
also serve in ministry. Pastor Ron has a heart for Evangelism and is always searching for opportunities to connect Christ to the lost. Pastor Ron Allen has enthusiastically accepted the assignment as Senior Pastor at Memphis Friendship COTN. He and his family are looking forward to transitioning to Memphis, TN.
To Whom Honor is Due
The scriptures teach “Render therefore to all their dues; tribute to whom tribute is due; . . . honour to whom honour.”
When Pastor Ronald E. Webb included this verse in his letter to GROW Magazine, he expressed his deep appreciation
for two faithful members in his congregation. He pastors the Memphis Friendship Church of the Nazarene, which was
the first black congregation in Memphis, Tennessee.
“If Ora Mae Jackson and Juanita Atkins had not endured the anguish of their trials and travails in
the birthing of Memphis Friendship Church of the Nazarene, I doubt that the Nazarene Church
would be having the success that it has experienced in Memphis today. We owe these two ladies
a debt for their service and their devotion to the cause ‘before it was popular.’ These women
are truly trailblazers.”
And their work has provided a strong foundation for the growing inner city ministries and black
Nazarene congregations across the City of Memphis. As of the 2008 District DueAssembly, there
are now 12 black congregations on the Tennessee District. The total membership of these
congregations is 1,193, with an average worship attendance of 896.
775 North Parkway Ave
Memphis, TN 38105
In addition to these black congregations, approximately 30 future black leaders are preparing for ordination at the
Memphis Bible Institute. The plans call for most of these new pastoral leaders in training to launch new black churches
across the City of Memphis and the Tennessee District.
Pastor Ron Webb emphasized in his letter to GROW Magazine, “the need to pay homage to these great women who
started the first black Nazarene Church in Memphis. These women have been very active in the ministry of their church,
Friendship Church of the Nazarene, for 54 years. They helped organize the church in 1954.
“Sister Ora Mae Jackson, her husband and sister Juanita Atkins started this church in their home
during a time when blacks and whites were not allowed to worship together.
“The Nazarene Church was an oddity to those in the black community, but they persevered
through the years by making personal sacrifices of their time, money and talents to keep the
ministry of the Church of the Nazarene alive in the black community.
“To God be the glory for all He has done.”
Wednesday Night Bible Study-6:30PM
Pastor Ron Allen
Pastor’s Favorite Scripture:
For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; No good thing does He withhold from those whose walk is blameless.