Answering the call to ministry and community bridge building, Archbishop Allen T.D. Wiggins, Senior Pastor of The Hope Church, Orlando, Florida, has established a world reputation for delivering timeless, inspirational messages of transformation.
The Hope Church was founded September 18, 1983, by his parents, Reverend Dr. R.W. and Beulah Wiggins. In October 2001, the late Reverend Dr. R. W. Wiggins officially passed the mantle of leadership to his son, thereby elevating Reverend Allen T. D. Wiggins to the position of Senior Pastor.
Archbishop Wiggins has a heart for underserved and disenfranchised communities. His passion and pursuits for change have resulted in the creation of safe and affordable housing, economic development, and enhanced educational offerings for inner-city children. His achievements have inspired leaders around the globe to hold fast to their personal vision assignments.
Archbishop Wiggins’ most notable development is Hope Center West: a live, work, play, learn, and worship community. Hope Center West has evolved into a beacon for other cities and areas with disenfranchised histories. Through Hope Center West, Archbishop Wiggins eliminated a long-standing “food desert” by integrating an international, full-service grocer, Walmart, as a co-anchor on the campus. In the fall of 2013, Archbishop Wiggins established a strategic alliance with a 50-year, longstanding youth center called, Frontline Outreach, Inc. where he has provided leadership and vision since 2015. He believes and has adopted the motto, “If you want to change the future, invest in the children.”
Archbishop Wiggins received a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from Florida A & M University and is a graduate of the DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative. He has also been awarded both an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree and an honorary Doctor of Philosophy in Apostolic Ministry degree.
Archbishop Wiggins is the recipient of many accolades and awards celebrating his leadership, community enrichment activities, and work to promote business opportunities for all. He serves on several boards, both national and international, whose collective objectives include education, breaking the cycle of poverty, racial reconciliation, and the promotion of affordable housing initiatives.
In February of 2007, Wiggins was elevated to the rank of Prelate, by the International Bishops’ Conference. He became the Coadjutor to then Presiding Prelate Archbishop LeRoy Bailey, Jr. of the International Bishops’ Conference, Inc. In December 2017, Bishop Allen T.D. Wiggins accepted the mantle of leadership and was elevated to the Office of Archbishop, the Presiding Prelate of the International Bishops’ Conference.
Archbishop Wiggins is an accomplished musician, a two time Stellar Award winner as part of the international inspirational jazz duo, Allen and Allen.
Archbishop Wiggins, together with his wife, Lady Deborah Wiggins, are proud parents of five children: Michael, Brandy, Julian, Allen II, and Jonathan.