Hi, there! I’m Allen. Whether I personally handed you a nexus prayer card while out and about in the city, you arrived here from Google, or were referred by a church or friend, thank you for taking the time to visit this website and for your interest in Nexus Prayer.
I’m often asked why my name is not included on the nexus prayer “business” card. The answer is simple. Nexus Prayer is not about me; it’s all about God. Nevertheless, curious minds persist, so to help us get better acquainted please let me tell you a little about myself.
A LITTLE ABOUT ME
As a native Houstonian, my diverse professional career and ministry have spanned more than forty years in both the private and non-profit sectors. Although today I am a card-carrying Episcopalian and Franciscan who actively serves in my parish and is a teacher of contemplative prayer, I am also an ordained Southern Baptist Minister of the Gospel (Houston’s First Baptist Church) and ordained Deacon (Houston’s Second Baptist Church.). I received my formal theological training from Tennessee Temple (now Piedmont International University) and classical music education from the University of Houston while pursuing a vocal performance degree during my five years of study with Professor Emeritus, John M. Druary.
Over the years, I have served numerous denominations and congregations as an associate pastor, teacher of prayer, and worship leader. And as a composer, I have been blessed to have several of my songs published (Zondervan, Benson, Christmark), and have ministered, recorded, and toured as a Christian musician both nationally and internationally.
In the “real world”, my secular career has included work as a human resources executive, retail manager, and even an antiquities dealer. In other words, I’ve worn many different hats over the years. Today, I don’t even have hair!
MY CHRISTIAN MUSES
Through the years, there have been several especially noteworthy individuals: Francis A. Schaeffer, John Michael Talbot, Thomas Keating, and my wife, Leslie Ann White, as well as many friends, religious, pastors, priests, and Christian artists of all stripes who have had a profound influence on my spiritual formation (Thanks be to God!), including: Murray Bodo, Richard Foster, Thomas Keating, Thomas Merton, John Main, Henri Nouwen, Adeline O’Donoghue, Rob Price, Richard Rohr, Randall Trego, Dallas Willard, and more.
It was Dr. Schaeffer, of L’Abri, Switzerland fame, who single-handedly helped me Escape from Reason and who, through both his books and lectures, persuaded me to abandon my faithless agnosticism for faith in Christ. Soon after becoming a Christian, I discovered the music and ministry of Franciscan Friar, John Michael Talbot. Not only did John Michael inspire me to use my own voice and classical guitar as instruments of praise, but he taught me by his own example the importance for humility as a Christian musician, and what it means to truly worship God (and lead others to do the same) through music. Fr. Thomas Keating was not only a spiritual pioneer in his teachings on Centering Prayer, but is solely responsible for setting me (and thousands more) on the contemplative path. Finally, I could fill countless pages with the reasons why Leslie Ann’s unconditional love, encouragement, companionship, and support as my wife these many years have not only made me a better person, but also a better Christian.
By now you’ve probably heard enough about my personal backstory, so if you’re eager to begin learning about nexus prayer, then please click here. Otherwise, continue reading to learn a little more about me.