Allen, Reverend Caron M.
Birth City: 
Cedartown
Birth State: 
GA
Current Location: 
Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation(s): 
Retired law enforcement and a minister of the Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church (EMBC)
Biography: 

Rev. Allen is a member of the Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church (EMBC) where she serves as one of the associate ministers to Rev. Cleveland A. Thompson in the capacity of Director of Operations.

A 33-year law enforcement veteran (retired), Rev. Allen lives in Colorado Springs with her husband Henry Allen, Jr., retired first sergeant from the United States Army. She and her husband have a blended family of eight adult children, 21 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

In 2009 Rev. Allen completed the autobiographical account of her family in a work entitled "From Whence They Came: the Genealogical History of an African American Family." In this account she documents the struggles and triumphs of eight generations of her family, beginning with her great-great-great grandmother, Eular, a slave on a plantation in Virginia.

A native of Georgia, Rev. Allen grew up during the turbulence of the Civil Rights movement and embraces the lessons of that era. Committed to community involvement, she participates in organizations that promote minority youth development and empowerment. As a community activist, she addresses the issues of leadership, career development, women's issues in the criminal justice system and ministry, and youth projects.

A significant aspect of Reverend Allen's ministry is encouraging and empowering people, especially women, to attain their highest potential. To that end, Reverend Allen has developed and presented conference workshops for professional and Christian organizations at the local, national, and international level, called The Pursuit of Excellence.

The Pursuit of Excellence is a five part series of seminars that addresses four major areas of a woman's life. The five seminars are:

  • Perfection! Really? But I'm a Mess!
  • How to Succeed in the Workplace
  • A Virtuous Woman ... How to Minister in a Tense-filled Home
  • Women in Leadership Positions in Ministry: Treading Lightly
  • How to Prepare for and Successfully Execute a Dynamic Interview
Awards/Honors: 
The Southern Colorado Ministerial Alliance: Martin Luther King, Jr., Community Service Award (2010)
Certificates of Recognition from the El Paso County Sheriff's Office (2001, 2006, 2007)
Dean's List, Colorado State University (2000-2001)
Capps Capozzolo Award for Academic Excellence (2001)
El Paso County Sheriff's Office Hugh Martin Scholarship (1998 & 2000)
Numerous Letters and Certificates of Appreciation from various professional and civic organizations
Education/Training: 
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Master's Degree in Criminal Justice, 2005 - USC Pueblo, Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology/Criminology, 2001 - Police Executive Research Forum: Senior Management Institute Police, Session 44, Boston MA (June 2010) - Currently pursuing a Doctorate Degree in Biblical Studies, anticipate graduating June 2014
Organizations: 
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) - The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) - National Sheriff's Association (NSA) - The National Association of Professional Women
Speaker Availability: 
Yes
Speaker Topics: 
Leadership - Career Development - Women's Issues in the Criminal Justice System and Ministry
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