Allegra Baker was born in Kankakee, Illinois into a pastor’s home which meant that she would go on to live in Arkansas, Michigan, Texas and Oklahoma. While living in Michigan in the early 1950’s, her father became one of the early pioneer missionaries/pastors bringing the Southern Baptist work into the state of Michigan. Allegra became a believer at age 6 and was baptized by her dad. Allegra’s first church position was at Columbia Ave. Baptist Church in Pontiac, Michigan as church organist. She was 13 years old. Later she would go on to serve as church organist at Springdale Baptist Church in Ft. Worth, Texas and at Palm Heights Baptist Church in San Antonio, Texas. Allegra attended the University of Texas at Arlington and Jackson College. Allegra met and married her husband, Lloyd, in Ft. Worth, Texas and they have two sons. They moved from Texas to Michigan in 1973, and she and Lloyd joined Gorham Baptist Church. Allegra led the youth choir, taught youth Sunday School and again played the organ. Allegra and Lloyd left Gorham for a period of time to assist her father at Calvary Baptist Church where they both served in various positions. Allegra, Lloyd and her parents came back to Gorham/Grace in 1992. Allegra has served at Grace on three pastoral search committees and was co-chairman of the two Touching Eternity capital stewardship campaigns and has served on the Budget & Finance Team and the Worship Team. She was employed for 25 years at Consumers Energy as a Market Research Analyst and took an early retirement in 2003 to come to work at Grace as Director of Administrative Affairs and feels that she is doing the work that the Lord prepared her for throughout her entire life.
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