Online recognition for famous Glasgow minister
It's often glibly said that all knowledge is one computer click away but, until this week, recognition of the achievements of one of Glasgow's most famous ministers could not be found on the web.
Now a thorough and verifiable new Wikipedia page has been created detailing the tragically short but celebrated life of one of the city's best loved preachers: Rev Tom Allan.
Mr Allan’s exceptional work - as a broadcaster, author, columnist and pioneer of practical church outreach in social work - began in his first parish of North Kelvinside in 1946.
It was then a densely built area of tenement buildings housing about 10,000 people. The statistics for his seven-year ministry are impressive as Church membership tripled from 400 to 1200. But the mere figures themselves, cannot convey the impact of Tom Allan's work upon the lives of the many hundreds of Maryhill people from all walks of life that he changed for the better.
Tom Allan wrote an honest assessment of this phase of his ministry in the 1954 book: ‘The Face of My Parish’. The publication is still used in Practical Theology at Universities. Translated into several European languages it brought Tom Allan to global attention.
Soon after, he led The All Scotland Crusade with American evangelist Billy Graham which filled the Kelvin Hall to capacity every night for weeks on end in an extraordinary religious revival in Glasgow. He continued his pioneering, life-changing social work when he became Minister of St George’s Tron in the city-centre - still referred to as 'Tom Allan's church' by older Glaswegians - for which he was awarded the St Mungo Prize in 1964.
His work was tragically cut short when he died of a heart attack in 1965.
The Tom Allan Counselling Centre honours his lasting legacy to the city today.
You can read about his extraordinary life on this new webpage: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Allan