Meet Allison M. Henderson-Brooks
A scholar, preacher, consultant and speaker Allison is the perfect combination of skill, wit, personality, passionate energy and insight. A native of Peachtree City, GA, Allison is a proud graduate at Atlanta’s historic Spelman College where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature in 2008. Currently, Allison is pursuing her Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. In this capacity, she serves as Arthur Vinings Davis Fellow for her work at Lee Arrendale State Women's Prison, the largest Women's Prison in the State of Georgia, working primarily with 150 women who have been given life sentences. Professionally for the past 9 years, Allison has successfully mastered the art of hospitality serving successfully in the disciplines of Operations Management, Systems Implementation and Revenue Management Systems. For 7 of those years, she has served in leadership positions within 3 of the world’s iconic and largest hotel brands having been recognized globally for her contributions.
In addition to her professional accomplishments, Allison is also a sought after preacher and motivational speaker that is passionately committed to social justice, scholastic achievement, and community service. A nationally recognized orator, Mrs. Henderson-Brooks has addressed numerous schools, churches, civic organizations and other bodies across the United States. One of the most notable was her recognition of being the youngest female to render the annual Martin Luther King Jr. observance speech for the United States Department of Energy in 2001. In January of 2006, Allison garnered another groundbreaking achievement by serving as keynote speaker for the Penn State University System’s Martin Luther King Jr. convocation. This convocation was the first school wide observance of this National holiday in the history of the institution. In May of 2016, she was blessed and humbled to be the first woman to ever preach a revival at St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Oliver, GA. This church has an almost 200-year history and still sits on the land purchased by slaves. She is humbled and vocally grateful for every opportunity given to stir up the gift in any forum that inspires others through innovative methods, messages, and interactions.
Baptized on June 2, 1992 at the Olivet Baptist Church in Fayetteville, GA by the late Rev. Howard W. Creecy Sr. and licensed to preach this liberating gospel of Jesus Christ on February 21, 2016, Allison seeks to be a bold witness and example of love throughout the world. She has served as a Youth Pastor for the past 5 years and absolutely loves observing young people come to their own understanding of who God is but most importantly creating environments for them to answer definitively who God is to them. Currently, Allison serves as Next Generation Youth Pastor at New Life Presbyterian Church under the leadership of Rev. Hodari S. Williams. All in all, serving, teaching, preaching, inspiring and being authentically herself at all times is one of her life’s greatest joys. The ability to operate in the knowledge that her purposed passion comes from serving people and seeing them striving diligently to make their dreams become realities is the motivation behind all that Allison does. She truly is concerned with people being their best in all aspects of life. Allison's goals, dreams and aspirations in life are embodied in this quote by Benjamin Elijah Mays that simply states, “In all that you do strive to do it so well that no man living, no man dead, and no man yet to be born can do it better.
Allison is happily married to an amazing and supporting husband and they are the amazingly blessed parents to an inquisitive and adventurous 6-year-old son. In her leisure, she enjoys traveling, reading books of all genres, connecting with family and friends, and perfecting her fluency of the Spanish language.