The Reverend Dr. Julius Harrison McAllister, Jr., affectionately known as Reverend Julius, is the 35th anointed Senior Minister of the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Tallahassee, Florida. A fourth generation minister, he answered the call to ministry in 1992. He was licensed to preach and admitted to the Northeast Annual Conference of the Seventh Episcopal District (South Carolina) of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1993. In 1997, Reverend Julius was ordained an Elder in the Northeast Annual Conference. He began his pastoral ministry as a member of the ministerial staff at Mount Zion AME Church in Florence, South Carolina and Big Bethel AME Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to his appointment to the Bethel AME Church in 2008, Reverend Julius distinguished himself as an outstanding pastor in the Detroit and Chicago areas. He was a youth minister at Oak Grove AME Church in Detroit Michigan. Subsequently, he served as pastor of Payne Chapel AME Church in Chicago, Heights, Illinois and the Greater Institutional AME Church in Chicago, Illinois.
A compassionate, servant leader, steeped in the Word of God, Reverend Julius’ nearly twenty years in the ministry have been characterized by unwavering commitment to the proclamation and teaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the spiritual, physical, emotional and social enrichment of humankind. As pastor of the Greater Institutional AME Church, his devotion to community growth and development led to the creation of outreach ministries that serviced over 1,700 homeless, poor, and underprivileged adults and 500 children; and he raised more than $475,000 to support needy families in Chicago.
At Bethel AME Church, Reverend Julius’ penchant for evangelism and outreach is embodied in the church theme he established, “Called to Make a Difference,” as believers are encouraged to adhere to Matthew 5:16. He is celebrated for his powerful preaching of the Word that magnifies the sovereignty of God and provides incight and incentive for living the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He has developed a Street Evangelism Ministry for the purpose of communicating the Gospel to the unsaved and unchurched in surrounding communities. Since his pastoral assignment to Bethel, over 500 souls have been added to the ministry.
Reverend Julius believes that Bethel’s ministry experiences should reflect not only the enduring love for Jesus Christ, but also for one another. He insists that “our focus, as we turn the proverbial pages of time, should show the outside world that we are on the CARING END of ministry.” To this end, as President/CEO of the Bethel Community Development Corporation (Bethel CDC), an affiliate church ministry, Reverend Julius has supervised the construction and rehabilitation of 18 homes for low income families in the city of Tallahassee, and has led the church in the purchase of ten lots for new construction of single homes for low income families and first time homebuyers. He is also Chairman of the Board of the A Life Recovery Center that provides drug and alcohol rehabilitation to residential and outpatient clients. Under his leadership, Bethel’s annual Thanksgiving Basket Project and the Families Reaching Families Christmas Project have provided food and gifts to thousands of needy persons in the community.
Reverend Julius is passionate about Christian Stewardship. As he leads the congregation to understand and accept stewardship as a biblical mandate, he teaches that managing and giving one’s time, talent, and material resources to glorify and serve God is an expression of one’s faith and an integral part of Christian commitment and responsibility to build up the body of Christ. During his four year tenure the number of tithers has increased and he has led the Bethel Church in averaging 1.5 million dollars in tithes and offerings over the last four years.
Reverend Julius received the baccalaureate degree in criminal justice from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, South Carolina in 1993, and a Master of Divinity degree from the Turner Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia in 1996. In 2007, he earned the Doctor in Ministry degree from the Chicago Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. Reverend Julius is the first in the African Methodist Episcopal Church to earn a Doctor in Ministry in the area of Christian Stewardship. Throughout his ministry, Reverend Julius has been prominently involved as a leader on all levels of the AME Church. He was a member of the Chicago Conference Board of Examiners and Vice President of the AME Ministerial Alliance of Chicago and vicinity. He has been elected delegate to the 2004, 2008, and 2012 General Conferences. At the 49th Quadrennial Session of the General Conference of the AME Church, Reverend Julius was elected to the General Board. Currently, he is the Chairman of the Eleventh Episcopal District Board of Examiners and a member of the Board of Trustees of Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida. Reverend Julius is also a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. An astute, visionary leader, he is sought frequently to articulate and respond to issues that impact the City of Tallahassee and surrounding communities.
Reverend Julius is the son of Bishop Julius Harrison McAllister, Sr., Presiding Prelate of the Eighth Episcopal District (Louisiana and Mississippi) of the AME Church and Mrs. Joan Marla McAllister, Episcopal Supervisor. He is married to the former Deana Elizabeth Young, a committed educator, an astute school administrator, and a compassionate first lady. She is currently employed as the Supervisor in Human Resources for Instructional Staff for Leon County Schools. They are the proud parents of three children: Julius Harrison McAllister, III, known also as J. Harrison, Colin McKinley Young McAllister, and Dylan David Jeremiah McAllister.