New Governor General of Jamaica to be sworn in today
Published: Thursday | February 26, 2009
Allen will be sworn in as the country's sixth proxy head of state in a ceremony at King's House in St Andrew.
Allen will be the first ordained minister to be sworn in as governor general and the first Seventh-Day Adventist to ascend to the post.
Allen, 58, will also be the second-youngest person to serve, behind Jamaica's first governor general, Sir Kenneth Blackburn, who was 55 when he was sworn in.
Allen has racked up a reputation for his activism, consistently calling on the Church to take the forefront in issues concerning HIV/AIDS, teenage pregnancy, spousal abuse and crime and violence.
Allen, a Portland native, has been married to educator Denise Patricia Beckford for 34 years. The marriage has produced three children: Kurt, Candice and David.