RIP: Andrew Parker Bateman “Park” Allis

Posted Sep 16, 2014

ens_091614_Andrew_Allis[Diocese of Southwest Florida] The Rev. Dr. Andrew Parker Bateman “Park” Allis, 76, died peacefully in his home this weekend.

Allis, born Feb. 27, 1938 in Mansfield, Pennsylvania to Leo Joseph Allis and Evelyn Norton, had degrees and certificates from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, the Naval Chaplain School, the Virginia Theological Seminary, Sheffield University (UK), Duquesne University, Pittsburgh Theological School, the Graduate Theological Foundation and the National Institute for Interim Ministry.

He was ordained deacon in 1963 and priest in 1964 by the Rt. Rev. John T. Heistand.

Allis served on the Board of Governors, School for Ministry, Diocese of Rhode Island; as Coordinator for Lay Ministries, Diocese of Rhode Island; as Rector, St. James. Woonsocket, Rhode Island; Rector, St. Peter’s, Brentwood, Pennsylvania; Rector, St. Mark’s, Johnstown, Pennsylvania; Canon Pastor, Christ Church Cathedral, Houston; and Chaplain, Lancaster County Juvenile Detention Home, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

In Southwest Florida, he served at the State College of Florida Chapel Center from 1995 to 2001, and served on the Diocese of Southwest Florida staff as Canon Pastor from 2000-2005. In his retirement, he served many congregations in Southwest Florida as consultant and supply priest.

His wife, Pauline Middleton Allis, a native of Halifax, West Yorkshire, England, died in June 2012. He is survived by two sons. Services for Fr. Allis are anticipated to take place over the Thanksgiving weekend.


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  1. God bless Park. He was my rector when I went to seminary and was a good friend through it all. His oldest son was a friend to our youngest daughter. We are sorry for the family’s loss.

  2. r h lewis says:

    Surprising and unhappy news. Park was a man of wit and passion and compassion. Helped the
    VTS Class of ’63 compile a set of writings/essays for our 50th anniversary. Looked after the pro-
    ject, gathered helpers to edit the work and somehow managed to get VTS to print & bind it.
    I give thanks to God for his life and witness. May he “Rest in peace & Rise in Glory. “

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