At 105 years of age, Pastor Hattie Mae Allen is still preaching the Gospel! Pastor Hattie ministers at a church called, “Jesus, the Church of the Living God, the Pillar and Ground of the Truth, Inc,” in Temple, Texas. She has been preaching every Sunday for the last 57 years.
Her church calls her, “teacher,” and ministry has been part of her family for generations. She is one of 12 children born to a church bishop. And out of the 12 kids, she is one of five preachers.
We put Jesus first
On Sunday, June 9th, while celebrating her ministry, Hattie said, “We put Jesus first.” Her daughter, Ruth Freeman said it was beautiful to see her mother, who was raised in a family that read the Bible every day, live out Luke 21:15.
Hatties has focused on this scripture ever since she arrived at Jesus Church. “For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.”
Ruth says, “For her to still be able to do that, and still have that desire at 105, we honor her. That’s just wonderful. That’s a blessing!”
Wise Words from Hattie Mae Allen
At her 57 year celebration, overseen by Bishop Aaron Toliver, Hattie said, “God’s love is the only thing between human beings and the lake of fire. If we don’t obey it, there’s nothing between us and the lake.”
Exhorting the people to be holy she said, “We have to be separate from everything that is not Him. We put Jesus first. The love of God makes you love everybody.”
Hattie didn’t receive a formal ministry degree from a Bible college, she was ordained in 1962. When a reporter asked her about her education she said, “I have a PhD in Jesus…I have a pure heart’s desire. And that is what God will honor in the end.”
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