Our History


Jeffrey Elliott Allen

Jeffrey Elliott Allen, Founder

January 28, 1943 – July 27, 2007

After graduating from high school and spending some time in college, Jeff enlisted and served honorably in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam era.  During his enlistment, he studied nuclear medicine and achieved the grade of Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class.  After returning to civilian life, Jeff continued his medical career in the field of radiology.  It was in this setting where he met his future bride, Donna.  Early in their marriage, Jeff experienced a powerful encounter with God when he received the Baptism in the Holy Spirit.  As a result of this experience, the call to ministry he had received while in high school was rekindled and Jeff was filled with a renewed passion to serve the Lord.  He went on to serve as an elder at North County Christian Center, pastored by Merlin Carrothers.  Forsaking a successful career in radiology, which included setting up a nuclear medicine department at a hospital in Escondido, California, Jeff enrolled at Berean Bible College in San Diego, California, to pursue training for full-time ministry. On April 25, 1976, Jeff was ordained as a minister of the gospel by Bible Missionary Temple in San Diego, CA, where he served as an elder and Minister of Education.  Jeff went on to serve as Assistant Pastor of El Cajon Foursquare, El Cajon, California, Pastor of Lakeview Foursquare, Lakeview, Oregon, and pastored a house church in Del Mar, California.  While pastoring in Lakeview, the Lord began to reveal Jeff’s calling as a prophet.  In the 1985, Jeff and Donna moved to Athens, Georgia.  It was here that Jeff began to receive seven messages of apostolic restoration and established Classic City Center of Ministries.  These messages eventually became the Seven Thunders of the Lion’s Roar.  Two of these messages have been published to date.  Jeff and Donna returned to Portland, Oregon, in 1990, where in Jeff’s words, “The vision died, and he died to the vision.”  However, during a prophetic presbytery in January of 1992, Jeff was set apart and activated as an apostle.  Soon thereafter, Jeff and Donna were directed by the Lord to move to Des Moines, Washington.  In October of 1992, the vision came alive and Jeff came alive to the vision.  In January of 1994, Center of Ministries was re-established in Des Moines, Washington, where Jeff served as senior elder.  Over the years, Jeff has endured many hardships and trials, most notably the passing of his beloved wife, Donna, in August of 2000.  Through it all, Jeff persevered and remained faithful to the vision entrusted to him by the Lord until he passed into eternity on July 27, 2007.  The impartation that we received through Jeff’s ministry continues to yield lasting fruit for God’s glory and the establishment of His kingdom on earth.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. – 2 Timothy 4:7-8 NKJV