A real man of God has just arrived in heaven.
There is a lot you could say about Lon Allison. First and foremost, a follower of Jesus. Close after, a loving husband, walking through life hand-in-hand with his spouse Marie. Close after that, a caring father to Tara, Courtney, and Eric. And close after that, a loyal and supportive friend to literally hundreds of people, from all walks of life, all over the world.
Then there was his life of ministry. Pastor, evangelist, musician, speaker, denominational leader, writer, national leader, global mover and shaker. He enjoyed a succession of ministry seasons, all fruitful—from high school pastor at Hillside Covenant Church in Walnut Creek, California…to co-founder and pastor of Hope Center Covenant Church in Pleasant Hill, California…to Director of Church Growth and Evangelism for the Evangelical Covenant Church in Chicago…to Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College…to Pastor of Evangelism and Development at Wheaton Bible Church. His ministry impact was multiplied through his extensive speaking ministry, as well as his written contributions.
He also shared his good name in support of a number of missions and ministries. We at Asian Access were privileged to have Lon as a member of our Council of Reference. His endorsement of Asian Access’ work was a blessing we enjoyed for many years. A highlight for us was Lon’s ministry as speaker to the Asian Access leadership at our 2016 Summit in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Yes, there is a lot you could say about Lon Allison. But I’d like to tell you about the Lon Allison that I knew, a long time ago.
In 1978, when Lon was high school pastor in Walnut Creek—already a ministry superstar, recording albums with Jonathan Brown as the duo Lon & Jonathan, and serving as Most Eligible Christian Bachelor in Contra Costa County—I was a nobody. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship had sent me to the area to pioneer work with commuter colleges—urban schools that lack the community of traditional residential universities. I was a guinea pig, trying to connect with leaders in the community who could help me find my way around. I needed a friend.
Enter Lon. As soon as he heard about my arrival, he made a point of meeting me and welcoming me to the community. He took me to the local youth workers’ fellowship and introduced me around. He made his church campus available for any IVCF activities I might want to do. Basically, he did everything he could to make me welcome and assist in the launch of my ministry.
There was no compelling reason for Lon to do this. Not only did it not profit him in any way to help me, I would in fact be competing for the time of the kids who served on his leadership team, as they attended the schools I would work at. No, there wasn’t any reason for Lon to go out of his way for me…except that is who Lon was. A living, breathing, “hands and feet of Jesus” to those in need, like me.
I’m rejoicing that Lon is now free from the pain of his cancer and dancing with the Savior. But I’m really going to miss him. It’s not every day that you rub shoulders with a real man of God.
Noel Becchetti has been serving as Asian Access' VP for Leader Development since 2012. Noel and his wife Kyle are currently residing in El Cajon, California though he probably spends more time traveling throughout Asia.
- (CT) Tribute to Lon Allison by Ed Stetzer and Laurie Nichols: The Loss of a Hero to Many: Pastor Lon Allison Goes to Be with Jesus
- Cover photo courtesy of Christianity Today
- At Asian Access, we'll forever appreciate Lon Allison's faithful support through decades:
- Serving on Asian Access' council of reference
- Serving as A2 Faculty: The Most Important Thing: It all emanates out of a love for God and a life with God.
- Endorsing Asian Access...
"I know the goals; I know the mission of Asian Access. I know what they're about. I support that with all my heart. But what I'm really excited about is the dedication and the point-like focus on that it all emanates out of a love for God and a life with God.”
"My friends at Asian Access are being used by God to build His Kingdom in Asian countries that are resistant to the Gospel. I have supported their work for many years."
Dr. Lon Allison