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The Rev. Morgan Allen Called as 21st Rector

January 6, 2019

The Vestry of Trinity Church in the City of Boston has announced that The Rev. Morgan S. Allen has accepted the call to serve as its 21st rector.  The Rev. Allen has been serving for the past 10 years as Rector of The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Austin, Texas, one of the fastest growing parishes in The Episcopal Church. 

“He is a deeply pastoral and loving priest; a riveting, bold, and engaging preacher; an excellent parish manager, … a leader for all in our (Trinity) community who can help us grow in our relation to the needs and souls of the city that is our home,” stated a letter to the parish from the Search Committee which recommended The Rev. Allen. “…We are excited for the future of Trinity and believe you will soon see why.”

The Rev. Allen will complete his ministry at Good Shepherd this winter and will begin his ministry at Trinity in April.

The last rector of Trinity Church was the Rev. Samuel T. Lloyd III, who retired in June 2017.  During the transition period, the Rev. William W. Rich, a priest who has served as an Associate Rector at Trinity since 2005, has been serving as Interim Rector.


Read the full announcement letters to the parish, from Senior Warden, from the Rev. Morgan Allen, and from the Search Committee, and see a video greeting from the Rev. Allen to the Trinity parish here.


More about the Rev. Morgan Allen:

Morgan Stephens Allen has been a priest for almost 15 years and, for the past 10, has led The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Austin. During his decade at Good Shepherd, the parish’s average Sunday attendance has grown by 56%, its program budget has doubled, and he led a successful $22 million capital campaign that included the complete rebuilding of the main church campus and the founding of a second campus in a more economically diverse neighborhood closer to downtown Austin.

Before his call to Good Shepherd, the Rev. Allen was rector of St. Barnabas Church in Lafayette, LA, which also grew rapidly in his four years there and became, under his leadership, a major force in meeting the humanitarian needs of the region after the devastation of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. 

Born in Monroe, LA, the Rev. Allen is an honors graduate of Louisiana State University, where he took joint degrees in English and Philosophy and minored in film studies. He received his Master of Divinity degree from the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin. He and his wife Missy are the parents of two school-age children, Michael and Ginna.