Rev. Arthur Allen, Controversial Pastor, Dies in Apartment Fire: Report

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
October 28, 2013 Updated: August 1, 2015

Rev. Arthur Allen, who was a member of the controversial House of Prayer in Atlanta, died in an apartment fire, reports said on Monday.

CBS Atlanta reported that the 81-year-old reverend was taken to the hospital after the apartment fire in Lookout Ave. NW in Atlanta.

He was later confirmed dead at a local hospital, the station reported.

The House of Prayer, of which he was a pastor, was deemed controversial due to practices that were called abusive by some.

“Imagine for years being tortured by snakes,” one child, Naomi Smith-Howard, told the Atlanta Black Star about the practices. “A church is a place where you go to worship God,” said James Smith, Jr., who was a member. “It is not a place where you are demeaned and degraded.”

Allen served two years in prison after he and other members were convicted of abusing children.

Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.