Allan Kirton, Former Mission Executive, Dies at 70
New York, NY, February 2, 2009--The Rev. F. Allan Kirton, 70, a pastor in Brooklyn, New York, and former director of mission service training for The United Methodist Church, died on January 29, a day before his retirement and birthday were to be celebrated.
A native of Trinidad, he was pastor of St. Mark's United Methodist Church at the time of his death. He was associated with the General Board of Global Ministries from late 1991 through 2001, much of that time as director of what was then the Mission Resource Center located in Atlanta, Georgia. One responsibility of the center was to equip new missionaries for service around the world.
"Allan Kirton was a colleague and friend for many years," said the Rev. Keith Rae, now retired from the Global Ministries' staff. "He had a profound love for the church and a passion for mission and ministry. He had a love for music and the arts and had the ability to weave these components in his teaching and preaching in a relevant and meaningful way."
Rev. Kirton was ordained in the Methodist Church of the Caribbean and Americas (MCCA) and was at one time superintendent of the Haiti District. He held pastorates in the Caribbean, Georgia, and New York. He also served as general secretary of the Caribbean Conference of Churches and took prophetic stances on political and social issues facing churches in the Caribbean and around the world. He led the conference during the very difficult time of the US invasion of Grenada.
The clergyman is survived by his wife, Sandra, and two children, Arlene and Jerry, both of whom live in Jamaica.
Instead of the birthday and retirement party, a prayer service was held at St. Mark's on January 30. The service was followed by an already arranged reception and dinner at which clergy and lay colleagues paid tribute to his ministry. Burial will take place in Trinidad following a funeral on February 5 at the Tranquility Methodist Church in Port-of-Spain. A memorial service is scheduled for St. Mark's Church on February 12.
Messages of condolence may be sent to Sandra Kirton at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 2017 Beverley Road, Brooklyn, New York 11226. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts should be made to the UMCOR Haiti Emergency Relief Fund, Advance #418325.
Date posted: Feb 02, 2010