About Me


Picture0009“Filling Up and Pouring Out” is a phrase that captures the heart of who we should long to be. In Romans 5:5 Paul says that, “God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” Our lives are filled continually with God’s love and we are called to share that love with others.

We are travelers together on this journey of faith, supporting each other along the way. My hope is that you will experience God’s overwhelming love in ways that transform your life and the lives of those around you.

For what it’s worth, here’s a little about me…

Narrative Bio

Bishop James E. Swanson appointed Rev. Allen McGraw to serve as pastor of Bethlehem and First United Methodist Churches in Water Valley, Mississippi in October of 2012. Before Water Valley, he served as pastor of Courtland United Methodist Church and Fountainhead United Methodist Church. He serves on the Conference Board of Global Missions, the District Building, Location, and Strategy Team, and the District Connectional Ministry Team. He also developed and maintains the website for the Senatobia District.

Prior to entering full-time ministry, Allen worked as a structural engineering technician with ACI Building Systems in Batesville, Mississippi. Prior to that, he was an instructor at Northwest Community College where he taught Drafting and Design Technology and Engineering Technology classes. He holds an A.A.S. in Drafting and Design Technology from Northwest Mississippi Community College, a B.S. in Manufacturing Technology from the University of Southern Illinois Carbondale, and an M.Div from Memphis Theological Seminary, where he is now pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree.

Allen is married to Sheranne McGraw who has been a Registered Nurse for more than twenty years. She is currently employed by Baptist Memorial Hospital North Mississippi as the Manager of Surgery Services. Allen and Sheranne have two children, Marianne (21) and Toy (16).


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