Br. Allen A. White, OSF
Founder & Director, Saint Francis of Assisi Research Library
An active member of the American Theological Library Association (ATLA), Brother Allen serves the Saint Francis of Assisi Research Library as its Founder, Director, Curator, and Archivist. And as a native Houstonian and Franciscan friar with the Order of Saint Francis (OSF), his diverse, professional career has spanned more than forty years in the church, non-profit, and private sectors.
Born, raised, and educated as a Roman Catholic, Allen’s formal theological training was attained at Tennessee Temple (Piedmont International University.) Upon completion of his religious studies, he was subsequently licensed and ordained as a Deacon at Houston’s Second Baptist Church, then as a Minister of the Gospel at Houston’s First Baptist Church. Music school was soon to follow. In addition to his private studies in classical guitar and composition, Allen received his classical music education at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music where, for six years as a performance major, he studied voice with tenor, John Druary of New York City Opera. He is a published songwriter with Zondervan and Benson Music.
Allen’s ecumenical ministry over the years has included serving numerous congregations as an associate pastor, minister of music, worship leader, chaplain, and teacher of Christian meditation. Today he blessed to serve on staff in the Pastoral Care Department of St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church. Over the years, his muses and mentors have included Fr. Thomas Keating (Contemplative Outreach), his spiritual director Sr. Adeline O’Donoghue (Ruah Center at Villa de Matel), and Br. John Michael Talbot (Brothers and Sisters of Charity). Finally, he is grateful for the support of the “Three “R”s of his life: Fr. Rob Price, Fr. Randall Trego, and Fr. Roman Roldan—all of St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church—who have each played a unique and important role in Brother Allen’s life and spiritual formation. Thanks be to God!
In the “real world”, his bi-vocational secular career has included work as a human resources executive, retail administrator, bookseller, and even an antiquities dealer. He currently works as the lead advocate for the homeless as Executive Director of Hope Center Houston.
Today, living as a vowed Franciscan friar in the Order of Saint Francis (an active, Apostolic Christian religious order within the Anglican Communion, in communion with the See of Canterbury), Brother Allen prefers to simply be thought of as a follower of Jesus in the footsteps of Francis. He is currently the only friar of his order serving and ministering in Texas. And because he believes, like his beloved Saint Francis, that all are created in the image of God, he feels called to share the unconditional love of God with all whom he encounters.
Allen attends Saint Dunstan’s Episcopal Church where he also serves part-time as the Lay Worship and Pastoral Care Associate, and as a commissioned Stephen Minister in the Pastoral Care Department. He is blessed to share his life and ministry with his wife, LeslieAnn, who volunteers much of her time as the Donations Coordinator of Hope Center Houston, and as an advocate for adult women victims of sex and human trafficking with Kay’s Keeper.