Q: If you could describe dad with three words, what would you pick?
-Passionate, Generous, Discerning
Q: When asked the question—“Who is Allen?”—what three things come to mind?
Family-man, Mystic, Reformer
Q: What is one of your favorite memories with dad?
-There are too many to count! My dad’s 45h birthday in Whitianga, NZ (google for pics) comes to mind. While the family slept in, my dad and I rose early for the sunrise of a lifetime. Little did we know, we would spontaneously take a ferry across the bay, hike for hours until we thought we had ventured into heaven—it was that magically beautiful!—and then finished off the morning with some savory breakfast pies, tea, conversation, and a Bible devotion at a hole-in-the-wall bread and breakfast. An amazing day with my dearest friend!
Q: What would dad’s perfect day be like (with you)?
Basically the story above (haha), thought that’s not your typical “day” (I know). But a good breakfast, some coffee/tea, a long stimulating theological conversation with our Bibles open experiencing the presence of Christ, and an afternoon of fishing with a beautiful scenery as the background—that’s about the best equation I can think of for an enjoyable day with my dad.
Q: Most interesting thing about dad people are least likely to expect?
The man is incredibly goofy. At times you would think he’s beyond weird, but that’s why he’s so fun! He’s also a talented poet and songwriter at heart. He is gifted with melody and lyrics and I enjoy collaborating with him (be looking forward for some songs in the future).
Q: If dad wasn’t a minister, what are some things he would be at good at (1-2) and why?
-I mean this question is like asking “if a frog wasn’t a frog, then what would that frog be?” My dad was just made to be a minister—a powerful preacher of the gospel, anointed intercessor, and wise pastor! However, he is an excellent leader and communicator. I could see him being successful in a high-up managerial position at a company, but particularly a cutting-edge company with a strong social justice bent. My dad is a man of great conviction and deep values, and I could not see him doing something unless he believed it had a positive impact on the world and helped restore society.