Allen AME, The Princeton Review
& The United States Congressman
||The Princeton Review Foundation in
conjunction with The Greater Allen Cathedral will provide graduate courses for Allen
members wishing to pursue graduate degrees. The GRE, LSAT, MCAT and GMAT will be offered
for a reduced cost by the Princeton Review Foundation. Contact the Allen AME Church office
for more information. The office is located at 110-31 Merrick Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11433.
Call 718-526-3510. The Pastor is former US Congressman, The Honorable Rev. Floyd H. Flake
and Co-Pastor is The Rev. M. Elaine Flake.
|Former U.S. Representative
Reverend Dr. Floyd H. Flake is the senior pastor of the 10,000 member Allen African Methodist
Episcopal Church in Jamaica, Queens. During his 21-year pastorate, Allen has become one of
the nation's foremost Christian churches and non-profit corporations. The church's annual
operating budget of nearly $24 million, expansive commercial and residential development,
500-student private school, and various commercial and social service enterprises have
placed it among the nation's most productive religious and urban development institutions.
The 11 corporations, church administrative offices, school, and ministries comprise an
825-person workforce, making it one of the Borough of Queens' three largest private sector
In the U.S.
Congress, Representative Floyd Flake established a reputation for bipartisan, innovative
legislative initiatives to revitalize urban commercial and residential communities. Most
notably, the Community Development Financial
Institutions Act of 1993 contained provisions named the Bank Enterprise Act (BEA),
authored by Representative Floyd Flake, that
provided incentives for financial institutions to make market-oriented investments in
destabilized urban and rural economies. These BEA provisions continue to yield millions of
dollars worth of direct and secondary investments for residential and commercial growth,
needed federal insurance relief for banks, and increased private sector capital flow in
communities with declining economic fortunes. The BEA has directly impacted the volume of
residential mortgage and commercial lending in grossly under-invested locales. In an age
of heightened partisan discord, Representative Flake's BEA attracted bipartisan political
support as well as banking industry and consumer group support during hearings and
consideration of the bill in both chambers of Congress.
Allen A.M.E.'s administrative and corporate operations reflect the same
cost consciousness and demands for efficiency that Reverend Floyd Flake required of
legislation before the House Committee of Banking and Finance. Reverend Flake was a
perennial critic of efforts to create public policy that failed to factor critical market
realities--especially cost and efficiency--into public policy development and decision
making. Similarly, Allen A.M.E.'s $24 million operation is a national paradigm of church
and nonprofit efficiency. Allen A.M.E. has attracted a unique cadre of skilled corporate
directors, corporate operations executives, commercial bankers, educators, and social
service providers to establish a leadership model for community-based faith organizations.
In fact, if Allen were a forprofit entity, it would appear as one of the nation's 100
largest African Americanowned enterprises. Allen Church is the second largest
African-American employer in New York City behind the TLC Beatrice Corporation.
Further, Allen's administrative structure, efficiency, and
development efforts have increasingly attracted international and national recognition in
print and electronic media. Reverend Floyd Flake is a proponent of market-oriented
community and economic development in corporate settings, policy forums, seminaries and
divinity schools, and countless other forums as a way to widen the circle of inclusion for
more Americans. Under Reverend Floyd Flake's leadership and true to its Christian doctrine
of self-help and communal responsibility, Allen Church has provided resources and guidance
for innumerable faith-based and secular institutions across the many years and nation.
Dr. Flake earned the Doctor of Ministry Degree from the United Theological Seminary in
Dayton, OH. In addition he holds other degrees from Wilberforce University.
Before assuming the pastorate of Allen Church, Reverend Flake was the
Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center and Dean of the Chapel at Boston University
following a successful stint as Associate Dean of Students at Lincoln University in
Pennsylvania. Flake is a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Social and Economic
Policy and is a columnist for the New York Post, and is a member of the Fannie Mae
Foundation Board of Directors.
He is married to the former M. Elaine McCollins, and they are the parents of four