“When the Guild of Prophets who lived in Bethel came out to greet Elisha, they asked him, “You are aware, aren’t you, that later today the LORD is going to remove your master from being your mentor?” “Of course I’m aware of it,” he said. “Calm down.”‘ 2 Kings 2:3
THE EARLY YEARS
My Pastor Theo Allen McNair was born in Dillon, South Carolina. His parents were well respected in their community participating in church activities and raising their family. Patterning after his father, who was a successful entrepreneur, Allen embraced the work ethic early. His first wage earning experiences included running a paper route and providing grounds maintenance at a car dealership. Even then, young Theo understood the importance of knowing his goals and applying corresponding actions.
He went on to attend Voorhees College, where his discipline and tenacity on the football field earned him a starting position on the varsity team and a college scholarship. It was during those years that he also married his high school sweetheart, “Lucy” Anna McNair.
CALLED TO CHRISTIAN SERVICE
For the next few years, Allen pursued a career as an accountant and began moving up corporate ladders in management where he experienced vocational success in the career world.
While working in upper management, Allen supervised a group of unusual young people. One day, Allen decided to attend their church service after they continued to prove themselves to be what they appeared to be; they were Christians.During this time, Allen also accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior at home in a private time of crying out to God.
During those days, he continued his education at LaSalle College of Business, and later, during ministry years, Zoe University as well as numerous Morris Cerullo Schools of Ministry. He also studied the ministries of such pastors as Dr. Fred Price, Pastor Kenneth Hagin and Pastor Kenneth Copeland.
Allen was also a devoted history buff, often inspired by the works of great leaders, such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr. and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
SO MIGHTILY GREW THE WORD OF GOD
Among his earlier ministry experiences was his time with his young family at New Life Christian Center with Pastor Jim Muncie. There Allen was asked to head up the prayer ministry;and he also became part of the counseling ministry, teaching ministry and led prosperity classes.
He also assisted Pastor Muncie in his outreach, by speaking at events for Pastor Muncie when his schedule would not permit him to go. He became known as Allen McNair, the young Man of God who was receiving training for future service, forged in the fire of the Holy Spirit to become “God’s Battle Axe.”
THE BIRTH OF A MINISTRY
In 1984 Pastor McNair was released from his ministry at New Life Christian Center by a Mandate from God: “I want to you establish a ministry and outreach center to take the message of faith, healing and miracles to the nations.” Pastor McNair often recalled saying to God: “That sounds like a church. I’m not doing that.”
Well it didn’t take God long to convince His soon to be faithful servant that this Abraham like step of faith would be the best course to take. Allen had to “launch out into the deep,” to “go to a place that he knew not of.” The corporate opportunities that had blessed Mr. McNair during the past few years began to shift.
At the same time, as the McNair family stepped out on faith and acquired their first place of worship to launch BBMOC – Believers’ Bible Ministry Outreach Center, they were blessed to discover that God was faithful to His Word to the Man of God.
By this time, Pastor McNair had become very strong in the Word of God, and was recognized as a “Teacher of Faith.” He was walking by faith and not by sight, using his Bible knowledge to believe God for everything from pairs of shoes, lapel microphones, automobiles, and healings; first for himself and then using his own examples to teach others to walk by faith.
BBMOC soon moved from a rental suite in a community center to a location on Fairburn Road that Pastor McNairaffectionately dubbed “The Shoe Box.” God provided the seed to pay for the “as is” space; and working in the same “spirit of excellence” that Allen had mastered in the corporate world, and in service at New Life Christian Center, the Man of God occupied his “Shoe Box” making it a beautiful home for his growing church family.
There he taught the people Bible principles of faith, healing and miracles. He also taught us the blessing of the tithe and what he called “the Love Walk.” As our church body grew, each visitor and new member crossing our threshold would see our beloved Pastor at the podium and hear the unforgettable strength and love of God pouring forth from the heart of our Pastor in his greeting: “Welcome Home.”
The Word of God grew and prospered mightily in those days. Over the years, faith and miracles abounded and mightily grew the Word of God with members being continually being added to our Ministry.
Word spread far and near that “there was a man on Campbellton Road who was beautifully saved.” People flocked to the Ministry.
Still, God was not through with Pastor McNair. More faith was required. Pastor was led to another building on Campbellton Road in Southwest Atlanta, where he expected to lease another “as is building.” However, during the negotiations, God instructed Pastor to offer what seemed to be an exorbitant amount of money to the potential landlord. The landlord countered with an even higher amount. Pastor was led of the Lord to accept the offer, and the BBMOC family moved into the facility which remains the church home today.
As the ministry grew, God graced His servant with wisdom for projects and programs that blessed the community. The ministry expanded even further, as Pastor was called to the mission field, traveling abroad to Africa and Europe. There he ministered to thousands, under the anointing and calling of God.
In the 1990’s, God expanded His Mandate to Allen McNair, requiring him to add to the vision: “Establish a ministry and outreach center to take the message of faith, healing and miracles to the nations; and reach Black America with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” Pastor McNair again “launched further out into the deep”, and continued to diligently reach out with a message of deliverance to the nations and Black America.
During this time, Pastor McNair began to write and produce music to inspire and motivate worship and spiritual growth among his members and for the broader body of Christ. His television and radio ministries also expanded during this season.
THE MINISTRY TODAY
Along with Dr. James Muncie, Pastor McNair regarded the Late Dr. Alex Ness and Dr. Morris Cerullo among his respected mentors. With deep appreciation for all that they sowed into his life, during his lifetime, Pastor McNair mentored other pastors and leaders with the same dedication he received from his own mentors. This is remarkable, and now Pastor McNair himself is remembered as a “spiritual father” to many.
Today BBMOC is Believers’ Bible Christian Church. This name change reflects the maturity of the mission, the minstryand the advancement of the call.
The yearly BBCC graduate salutes launch members into higher educational pursuits and positions in their chosen careers where they continue to take the message of faith, healing and miracles to the nations and to reach Black America with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
There are BBCC members in many positions of leadership in the community, the nations and abroad. BBCC members are making a difference in the world as professionals and paraprofessionals as entrepreneurs, educators, evangelists, public health and safety, corporate officials, consultants, musicians, media experts, in real estate, the medical and health care profession, and many other walks of life. These are God’s gifts expressed through the Ministry of Allen McNair.
Through the years, thousands have been healed and set free by the Power of God through Pastor McNair’s faithful and obedient response to God’s call on his life.
Over the years Pastor McNair also partnered with global ministries, traveling extensively building lasting relationships with men and women of faith for the purpose of advancing the Kingdom of God while fostering Christian fellowship. He established ministry relationships across the globe while bringing a greater awareness to African American pastors as to the importance of respecting the connection between Africa and America.
He founded The African Humanitarian Christian Fellowship with branches in Accra Ghana, Togo, Nairobi Kenya and Ethiopia.
His cherished wife Mrs. Anna McNair and their three beloved adult children, Tim McNair, Theo (Teddy) McNair, Jr. and Angela McNair Mattox and their spouses and children remain active in the ministry. As a devoted husband, father and grandfather, Pastor McNair considered it a sacred trust to help families to live prosperous, healthy and enjoyable Christian lives.
Programs such as the Men’s Fellowship, Women’s Fellowship, Boys for Christ, and Girls for Jesus Club guided by Mrs. McNair, The Family Enrichment Ministry, outreach through the annual community picnic and fall love festival are just some examples of how the BBCC Ministry blesses the community, nation and the world.
Pastor McNair especially valued the call to mentor youths and young adults; always teaching them the importance of obedience to authority, academic excellence, and victorious Christian living.
“HE WAS A GOOD MAN, FULL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AND STRONG IN FAITH.”
Pastor T. Allen McNair will be remembered as a beloved and “good man,” a seasoned and respected Man of God whose faith worked by love.
Many note that in several ways, his Christian walk is reflective of men of God in the Bible, such as Father Abraham, Apostle Paul, King David, Elijah the Prophet, Apostle John the Revelator, and Moses the Liberator. His personal ministry walk is best reflected in his dedicated years of service as Senior Pastor of Believers’ Bible Christian Church. His Christ like example of faith and love remains very evident in his willingness and obedience in accepting God’s directive for him to establish a ministry and outreach center to take the message of faith, healing and miracles to the nations and to more specifically reach Black America with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
In the words of a Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr., a man admired by Pastor McNair, according to a message Daddy King preached at home going services during his lifetime: “Pastor McNair is still in business, just moved upstairs.”
Watch this music video with memories of Pastor McNair and song “HEAVEN COMES TO ME” inspired by a sermon by Pastor McNair.