FOLLANSBEE - A Follansbee native who has gone on to lead many churches will serve as guest speaker at 7 p.m. Sunday at Hooverson Heights Church of Christ.
A 1957 graduate of Follansbee High School, Hoyt W. Allen Jr. earned a bachelor's degree from Kentucky Christian University and master's and doctorate degrees in ministry from Lake Charles Bible College in Louisiana.
He held a variety of jobs and worked for 10 years at Weirton Steel and served as Sunday school teacher and substitute minister at Hooverson Heights Church of Christ before entering college.
Over the years he has led many congregations and is associate executive director of the KYOWVA Evangelistic Association, which takes its name from the states of Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia, where it is based, though it has assisted churches to more than 30 states.
Allen and his wife, the former Shara Moffett of Weirton, live in Ironton, Ohio.