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Liberty mourns the loss of professor/alumnus killed in car accident

February 27, 2014 : Liberty University News Service

Joshua and Shelley Allen

In Wednesday’s Convocation, Liberty University mourned the loss of one of its own, alumnus Josh Allen (’09), who was killed Monday night in a car accident in New Mexico. A special time of prayer was held for his family.

The 30-year-old was an adjunct professor of religion with the School of Religion’s online program and was the pastor of Grace Bible Church in Las Cruces, N.M. He is survived by his wife, Shelley (’09), and their 9-month-old son, Josiah.

Allen was en route to El Paso, Texas, to pick up his brother from the airport when another vehicle, traveling the wrong direction on the interstate, crashed into him. (View a news report on the accident.)

His father, Dan Allen, also a Liberty alumnus and vocational minister, asked for the prayers of the Liberty family during this difficult time.

“It is with a completely broken heart and through tears I report to you that God, in His infinite wisdom, has chosen to take our pastor son, Josh, to be home with Him. … Words escape me at times like these,” he wrote in an email. “We are claiming Psalm 46:10: ‘Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted on the earth.’ And I am reminding myself of God’s faithfulness with the slogan we’ve preached so many times to so many churches: ‘God is faithful, all the time, every day, in every circumstance, no matter what, God is faithful.’”

While at Liberty Josh Allen served as a resident assistant and was greatly admired by his peers. A flood of messages have come in expressing prayers and support for the Allen family.

“Josh Allen was what we as Liberty alums and husbands should aspire to be,” one friend wrote.

Kelsey Baker, associate director in the Office of Student Leadership, worked with Josh Allen for three years in the School of Religion. She said he was the type of person that always put smiles on the faces of people around him.

“He had a kind spirit, a listening ear, and always encouraged others and displayed the love and joy of Christ,” she added. “Over the years, Josh has impacted hundreds of people. Whether it was as an adjunct faculty member who prayed for his students and encouraged them along the way, as an RA that ministered to and discipled the Liberty students on his hall, as an assistant to Dr. (Elmer) Towns in the School of Religion, as a pastor, as a husband and Dad, or as a classmate, a co-laborer, an encourager, and one who brought life and joy to every situation, Josh was a man of God who pointed people to Christ and left an imprint on the world.”

Rene Grooms, assistant to Dr. Towns, worked with Josh Allen for three years when he also served as an assistant.

“You meet a lot of people in this world,” she said, “but there are those special few who really make the world a good place to live and Josh was one of those people.”

Those wishing to make a donation to the Allen family can do so at

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