Richard Allen

Richard is from the south of Johannesburg, where he recently served as the CEO of Door of Hope Children’s Mission for 7 years (2016-2022). Over the past 20 years he has worked in the publishing field as the Creative Director of a national Christian youth magazine, a youth pastor at Glenvista Baptist Church, a fulltime missionary working with churches in the Central Drakensburg area, and he has served as a full-time elder on the Riverside Community Church team based in the south of Johannesburg.

Richard is a qualified graphic designer and holds a degree in Theology. He is also an artist and an author. He loves reading books, watching a good movie, traveling, and getting out into nature.

Sheree Allen

Sheree is from Cape Town, where she was a member of Joshua Generation Church (Sunningdale) for 10 years. Working a full time job as a sales executive in the retail industry, she spent her free time (and holidays) serving in evangelistic outreaches and evangelism training, youth leadership, prison ministry and short term African outreaches. She then felt God calling her to give up the corporate world and go into full-time ministry, which led to her relocating to Malawi at the beginning of 2019 with a small team from JoshGen working into all the Four12 churches across Malawi.

Sheree is a qualified Nail Technician and Hair-and-Makeup artist and worked in the fashion industry for many years. She has passion for connecting with people, hosting dinners, salsa dancing and also enjoys a good movie and traveling.

Their love story and call

After only a few weeks of talking over WhatsApp (having never met in person) but indirectly being introduced to each other through Richard’s sister Carmen, Richard travelled to Malawi to meet Sheree face to face during the Easter period of April 2019. By the time he left – just 11 days later – they had a wedding date set for the end of that year. 14 December 2019 they were married, a few months before Covid lockdown.

After their honeymoon, Sheree joined Richard in Johannesburg, neither of them knowing that 3 years later God would be moving them back to Malawi to make disciples and start a Four12 church in Lilongwe.