TOLEDO, OHIO — Bishop Rance Allen, a famous gospel singer and church bishop who hailed from Michigan, has died.
Allen was the lead vocalist of his namesake The Rance Allen Group, formed in Monroe in 1969 with brothers Tom Allen and Steve Allen.
Rance Allen had been nominated for numerous Grammy Awards and had performed for former President Barack Obama at a White House Celebration of Gospel Music.
Allen was the senior pastor of the New Bethel Church of God in Christ in Toledo since its July 1985 establishment.
In November 2011, Allen was elevated to the office of Bishop in the Church of God in Christ for the Michigan Northwestern Harvest Jurisdiction.