Loving God, Loving Family, Loving People, Loving Community

Meet our Ministerial Staff

Rev. Alan M. Gould, Sr., Pastor & 

First Lady Fay Waters Gould


"No church is too small when it comes to serving God's people." He is currently pastoring in the Silver Spring area with an intense passion for ministry, which he hopes will permeate the Allen Chapel family and the community of Fairland and East Montgomery County to higher spiritual heights.


Rev. Gould believes in the holistic ministry of Christ which advocates our relationship with Christ, our social standing in the world as well as our health and wellbeing. His charismatic style of ministry as well as his traditional views are inspiring to all generations.


Rev. Gould is married to Fay Waters Gould. They are the parents of four children: Erica Crosby, Nicole Gould, Cherelle Waters, Alan Gould, Jr.; son-in-law Derrick Crosby; and four grandchildren: Logan Quinn, Derrick Crosby II, Jayden Korpoi, and Tremaine M. Robinson, Jr.


Rev. Dr. Matthew Bonner

Associate Minister and Youth Minister

“I will do the best that I can and leave the rest in the hands of God.”

Rev. Dr. Matthew W. Bonner, a native of Alabama, is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Counseling at Johns Hopkins University. From 2016-2018, he was the Director of Clinical Education at Loyola University Maryland in the Pastoral Counseling Department. Prior to that, he was Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator at Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Center for Graduate Studies in Columbia, South Carolina at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary from 2014-2016. 

Rev. Bonner possesses the following educational degrees: Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University; Master of Divinity (MDiv) from Howard University; Master of Science (MS) degree in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University; and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Counselor Education from Old Dominion University.  He is a member of various counseling organizations and has presented at state, national, and international conferences. He is a licensed counselor and supervisor in the state of Maryland.  

As a writer, Rev. Bonner has published several journal articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries.From 2000-2011, he served as Pastor of the following churches: Mount Zion Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church, Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania; Russell Temple CME Church, Alexandria, Virginia; and St. Paul CME Church in Norfolk, Virginia. While in South Carolina, he was an Assistant Minister at Sidney Park CME Church in Columbia. Presently, he is an Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and serves as an Associate Minister at Allen Chapel AME Church in Silver Spring, Maryland, where he also serves as the Youth Minister.  Rev. Bonner is the husband of Mrs. Michelle Bonner and they have two sons: Jacob and Joshua.

Rev. Dr. Y. Louise Hicks

Spiritual Advisor for Inner Healing, Intercessory Prayer and Women's Ministry


Rev. Hicks is a native of Georgia. She has lived in and out of the Metropolitan area since 1972. In 1992, Rev. Hicks was ordained Itinerant Elder in the A.M.E. Church. She accepted her call to ministry at Ebenezer A.M.E. Church in Fort Washington, Maryland in 1987. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from Paine College; and a Master of Divinity Degree from Wesley Theological Seminary and completed her Doctorate of Ministry Degree at Ashland Theological Seminary in 2012. Rev. Hicks is the founding Pastor of New Birth A.ME. Church where she served for 12 years. She also served on staff at Brown Memorial A.M.E. in Washington, DC, and is currently an Associate Minister at Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church in Silver Spring, MD. 


Rev. Hicks was the first woman to serve as President of the Black Ministers Conference of Montgomery County, MD.  During a second term as President, Rev. Hicks and Debbie Gold of the Department of Health and Human Services founded G.O.S.P.E.L. (Glorifying Our Spiritual & Physical Existence for life) taken from 3 John 2.  This ministry won a national award as the most innovative faith-based community initiative in October 2006.  She is a Chaplain at Holy Cross Hospital.


Most importantly, Rev. Hicks loves the Lord and the people of God.  Holistic ministry is her focus and she realizes that taking care of our health and bodies is an important part of being people of faith. 


Rev. Karen Kenner

Associate Minister and Singles' Minister


"Cherish everyday what you hold dear. Say I love you every opportunity that you get. Dance like no one is watching. Love yourself."


Rev. Karen graduated from Howard University School of Divinity; Master of Divinity,  in May 2015. Her bachelor's degree is from American University; B.S. Business Administration, August 1986.


One scripture passage that Rev. Karen holds dear to her heart is  “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.” Colossians 2:6-10 NKJV

Rev. Karen shares, "I will forever remember my grandmother Bertha Cooper Boddie whose apron I held tightly to as she did chores and softly hummed hymns. She took me to Sunday Services and gave me life lessons using Scriptures which (at the time I didn’t realize) she used to lay the foundation for my early Christian education."

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