Bishop Allen L. Bruton is the senior pastor at New Hope Baptist Church in Greer, SC. He is also Founder of Allen Bruton Ministries, a nonprofit organization developed to help the needy and establish ministry excellence among pastors and Christian Leaders. The Lord has given Bishop Bruton a mandate to plant churches and prepare leaders for the body of Christ. In January 2013, Bishop Bruton will be consecrated to the office of Bishop. Bishop Bruton was born again in 1985 and accepted the call from God to preach in 1988. Before he became the pastor of New Hope, he was ordained in 1996 and served as associate and youth pastor under the leadership of Pastor C.N. Sullivan for over thirteen years at New Hope Baptist Church. He attended Evangel Cathedral Bible College, in Spartanburg, SC with studies in Biblical and Pastoral Ministry. Bishop Bruton is also a playwright with such plays as gospel stage plays "A Struggle To Be Free", "Church Folk" and "Family Secrets'. He is an author recently releasing his new book entitled "Out On A Limb". Other books entitled "Transition" and "Men Things" are scheduled to be released soon. He is the founder of Summer Outreach "Praise In The Park", a nonprofit outreach event that feeds the community and combines health awareness, ministry and praise in the local park. He is currently organizing a "Walk of Hope" event to unite the community and also benefit the Middle Tyger Community Center in Lyman, South Carolina and other nonprofit organizations across the Upstate of South Carolina.
Bishop Bruton is the founder of "City of Hope Bible College" located in Greer, SC which began classes in February 2009. He has been mandated by God to train ministers and the people of God for the gospel work through the City of Hope Bible College. Individuals can obtain Associates, Bachelors and eventually their Masters and Doctorate degree at The City of Hope Bible College. Bishop Bruton is an instructor in the COHBC and he also teaches a Minister's Prayer and Preparation class twice a month which is open to anyone who has a ministry calling on their life.
He is active in the community as a volunteer for several nonprofit organizations! He is a past volunteer for the Middle Tyger Community Center Association and has served on the board of directors. He has been active in Spartanburg County School District Five and has served on D.R. Hill Middle School, Florence Chapel Middle School, Wellford and Berry Shoals Elementary School's Strategic Planning Committees. He worked as a volunteer with the March of Dimes and the Special Olympics annual programs for over 13 years. Bishop Bruton received the "Mary L. Thomas Award" for civic leadership and community change; he was recognized as a 2011 Upstate Black History maker and has received numerous other honors for his generous giving and volunteer work.
Under the leadership of Bishop Bruton, New Hope is growing in miraculous ways. NHBC currently has over 30 ministries committed to edifying, evangelizing, and empowering people for the glory of God and the advancing of the Kingdom. The church currently holds two services each Sunday morning to accommodate worship and is in the process of building a new edifice on over eighteen acres of land. NHBC is a place of refuge for the hurting, hopeless and helpless people in life. New Hope is known as a place where the Spirit of the Lord "hovers". Bishop Bruton is a man of vision, passion and commitment! He strives for excellence in everything he does for the Lord, his family and his community. He has a genuine love for people and is a spiritual father, covering, mentor and role model to several other pastors in the upstate of SC, NC, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and the continent of Africa. In 2008, Bishop Bruton established "Aaron's Rod", a minister's guild, covering and mentoring ministry for sons and daughters who desire to submit to the anointing he operates under.
Bishop Bruton is a dynamic preacher, an awesome teacher and a very compassionate leader. His anointing has made room for him among people from all ages, all genders, and all races. He is a conference speaker and has preached in revivals and conferences throughout South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida and the Midwest. In 2011 he traveled to Africa for the first time where he preached four days to many Church leaders in Kenya. Bishop Bruton has a global ministry that crosses denominational lines with his message of hope and empowerment as he encourages people to trust in Jesus and obey and celebrate God. Proceeding his Africa missions this year he acknowledged and accepted the apostolic anointing on his life. Bishop Bruton will be established and consecrated as Bishop January 2013. He has been married to the former Sharon Anderson for 28 years and they have two wonderful children.
There are many other things that could be said about Bishop Bruton's life and his many accomplishments, but the most note-worthy is that he is a child of God. He has been washed in the blood of Jesus and called by God to preach the gospel of Jesus that all men might be saved by the preaching and teaching of the word. He believes that "the end of a thing is better than its beginning" and his favorite saying is "Devil, How do you like me now"!