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Fletcher Allen to retire from Tenn. journal Feb. 28

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (BP)–Fletcher Allen, editor of the
Baptist & Reflector since Sept. 1, 1987, will retire
effective Feb. 28 from the Tennessee Baptist newsjournal.
Allen, who will be 67 on July 1, indicated he may
continue as editor for a short time on an interim basis.
Allen announced his retirement plans to members of the
Baptist & Reflector board on Monday evening Jan. 12.
He told board members he reached his decision last
summer while he was away on a trip. One night he could not
rest or sleep. “I felt God reminding me of an important
decision that I needed to make,” he told the board. “He was
very near to me for several precious hours. By morning’s
first light, my decision was made and I had written it
Allen’s retirement will mark the end of 31 years with
Baptist state papers, including the last 10 with the Baptist
& Reflector.
Allen joined the Baptist Courier, newsjournal of South
Carolina Baptists, in 1966 as associate editor. He served
there until 1983 when he was named editor of the Baptist
True Union, newsjournal of Maryland and Delaware Baptists.
He also was news director/alumni editor for six years at
Furman University, Greenville, S.C., which is his alma
mater. He is a native of Hartsville, S.C.
Tennessee Baptist Convention Executive Director James
Porch made Allen’s decision public to the TBC executive
board at the close of its Jan. 13 meeting.
“Fletcher Allen came here in 1987 and has very
faithfully served us as editor, friend and as an ambassador
among Tennessee Baptists,” Porch said.
Bill Northcott, pastor of First Baptist Church,
Covington, and chairman of the convention’s executive
committee, which also serves as the paper’s board of
directors, noted Allen has been an outstanding editor. “He
is a person of integrity and credibility,” Northcott said.
Several other board members gave personal testimonies
regarding Allen and his ministry as editor. He was given a
standing ovation by the board.
Allen plans to continue to reside in Franklin, Tenn. He
and his wife, Betty, have four grown daughters and eight
grandchildren. The Allens are active members of Clearview
Baptist Church, Franklin.