July 26, 1965 - June 5, 2016
The Rev. Kelly Sue Allen, Pastor of University Presbyterian Church, San Antonio since 2009, passed away Sunday morning, June 5, 2016, after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke on Friday afternoon. Kelly was loved by her congregation and throughout the San Antonio community, the other communities where she has served, and beyond. Kelly was ordained into ministry in 1992 and has served congregations in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, St. Louis, Missouri, and Buckinghamshire, England. She was especially known for her strong leadership as a mentor, a teacher, and an advocate for social justice, practicing Christian hospitality and inclusiveness with individuals and groups in need of support and belonging in order to build community among strangers. Hers was a vibrant, joyous life of service.
Born in Boston, MA July 26, 1965, Kelly studied at Washington University, St Louis, MO (B.A.), Columbia Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and University of Birmingham, UK (MA). She has published in the Presbyterian Outlook, Journal for Preachers, Review of Faith and International Affairs, and she authored the small group manual for Mission Presbytery's Multicultural Youth Conference. She has served as an Adjunct Faculty Instructor for the Eden Theological Seminary (UCC); a member of the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance National Response Team; a Volunteer Mediator in Buckinghamshire, UK; and on Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery's Committee on Ministry. She currently chairs the Immigration Task Force of Mission Presbytery and the Interfaith Welcome Coalition. That group is a broad network of community organizations, faith networks and concerned individuals who came together in the summer of 2014, in partnership with RAICES in response to the large number of refugees arriving in Texas. Their work is especially focused on women and children seeking asylum here in the United States and continues.
Kelly and her husband, John Rezentes, were married in 1988 and have two children, Clare and David. She is survived by other family members, including her mother, Marlys Allen; her father, Thomas Allen and his wife, Joann; her brother, Adam Allen and his wife, Heather; and numerous nieces and nephews. Shortly after they were married, Kelly and John fostered many children from newborns to 17 years old.
Kelly will be missed deeply by her family and all whom she touched and remembered fondly. It brings comfort knowing that she was an organ donor, and her life will be continued in others.
A smaller, more intimate service will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 8 at University Presbyterian Church. A public community service will be offered at 11:00 a.m. at Parker Chapel at Trinity University on Saturday, June 11, 2016. Please feel welcome at either opportunity to celebrate the Rev. Kelly Allen's life.
Contributions are appropriate to University Presbyterian Church, 300 Bushnell, San Antonio, TX 78212, Mission Presbytery , www.mission-presbytery.org
and the Interfaith Welcome Coalition: https://interfaith