Bishop Oliver Clyde Allen, III, is a religious trailblazer, author, human rights advocate and community leader. In 2015, Bishop Allen was appointed to the White House Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS by former President Barack Obama. In 2016, He was also appointed the Southeastern Chair of the DNC-LGBT Advisory Board. He is currently a National Ambassador and consultant for the NAACP – Black Church/HIV Initiative and a member of Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottom’s LGBTQ Advisory Board. He serves as the Presiding Bishop and founder of the United Progressive Pentecostal Fellowship of Churches which oversees senior pastors, ministers, churches and faith-based organizations throughout the United States and the Caribbean. He is the Senior Pastor and Founder of The Vision Cathedral of Atlanta known as “The Vision Church”.
He is also the Executive Director of Vision Community Foundation Inc., a non-profit organization created to address socioeconomic and health gaps in the greater Atlanta community. Vision Community Foundation annually feeds over 20,000 families through its “Community In Action” aka CIA program, over 2000 women and children in its local shelters program, provides clothing and toys specifically for homeless children, provides GED training for students completing diplomas, provides Breast Cancer awareness education, and provides HIV/AIDS counseling and testing. The Vision Community Foundation hosts the annual Atlanta Black-Pride “Pure Heat Community Festival,” which provides health education, social services and entertainment for over 30,000 people.
Bishop Allen has been honored by a host of community and national groups including the Georgia House of Representatives in 2012. In 2014, Bishop Allen inducted into the prestigious Martin Luther King Jr. International Board of Preachers and Scholars of Morehouse College. Bishop Allen hosted the national Economic and Business Conference for LGBT Entrepreneurs in conjunction with the efforts of the U.S. Small Business Administration in Atlanta, GA. He served as a regional spokesperson for the National Black Justice Coalition LGBT Economic Empowerment Tour for communities of color. He has worked closely with the U.S. Small Business Administration to provide support to LGBTQI and other minority entrepreneurs in the community. In April 2015, the Georgia District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration awarded Bishop Allen the 2015 LGBT Business Champion of the Year Award for his strong advocacy for minority business initiatives and development.
Bishop Allen has been featured in numerous media outlets and periodicals to include CNN, BET, The Economist and Huffington Post. He attended Morgan State University, Morehouse College, and Harvard University. He is a Fellow at the Princeton Theological Seminary Black Theology and Leadership Institute. He is married to Mr. Rashad Burgess and father of 2 children Joshua and Caylee. They have been featured in Ebony Magazines 10 Coolest Black Families.