Answering the call of spiritual leadership and community bridge building, Bishop Allen T.D. Wiggins, senior pastor of The Hope Church, in Orlando, Florida, has established a reputation for offering timeless messages of inspiration, salvation, and empowerment. Each Sunday and throughout the week, the Daytona Beach, Florida native ministers to more than 700 regularly attending members, guests, and people in need.
The Hope Church was founded September 18, 1983, by his parents, the late Dr. R.W. and Beulah Wiggins. The church will celebrate three decades of ministry and teaching the Gospel of Christ this year.
Bishop Wiggins is a proponent of revitalizing urban economies and he has played a notable role in aiding residential and commercial growth in the greater Washington Shores community he serves. His endeavors have resulted in the creation of safe, affordable housing for hundreds of families, enhanced economic development opportunities, and the establishment of a pre-school and high performance elementary charter school.
Bishop Wiggins’ most recent development is Hope Center West, a live, work, play, learn and worship urban development which eliminates a long-standing “food desert” by featuring a national name brand full-service grocer as a co-anchor. Hope Center West serves to provide job opportunities and ultimately spur economic growth within the surrounding area.
Bishop Wiggins received a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy and is a graduate of the DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative. He has also been awarded both an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree and a Doctor of Philosophy in Apostolic Ministry degree.
Bishop Wiggins is the recipient of many awards including: The Leadership Award for Housing and Economic Development; The Community Service Award; The Drum Major Award for Business; The Cornerstone Award for Personal Empowerment; The African American Trailblazer Award; and the Celebration of Life Award. In 2007, he was consecrated and ordained to the office of Bishop, by the International Bishops Conference.
He was inducted into the General Daniel “Chappie” James Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. Wiggins serves as a member of the board of directors for The First Academy, a private Christian school in Orlando. He is the Coadjutor to the Presiding Prelate Archbishop Leroy Bailey, Jr. of the International Bishop’s Conference, and serves as Vice President of the African American Council of Christian Clergy in Orlando.
Bishop Wiggins and his wife, Lady Deborah Wiggins, are proud parents of five children: Michael, Brandy, Julian, Allen II, and Jonathan.