About Change The World
Change the World Allen exists to inspire, equip, and mobilize members of the Allen-Fairview-Lucas community to serve our neighbors and change the world in positive ways. We mobilize volunteers and increase civic engagement to build a stronger and more resilient community.
Board of Directors
Rev. Jessica Wright
Community Partnerships & Development
Respect and Inclusion
Pursuit of Excellence
How We Got Started
2011-2012, the Missions Team at First United Methodist Chuch in Allen was inspired after members read Change The World: Recovering the Message and Mission of Jesus by Mike Slaughter. Mike Slaughter, the Pastor Emeritus at Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church, challenged readers to begin to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our homes, our communities, and the outermost places of the world. The Missions Team held the first Change The World Weekend in May of 2012 with various events planned from Friday through Sunday for people of all ages to serve others.
David Wuensch served as the chair of the event and continued in that role for seven years. As leader of the Allen Ministerial Alliance, he was able to garner interest from other religious and non-profit organizations that have become partners for CTW.
In 2014 the Change The World event was awarded the Spirit of Allen Award for services provided to the community by the Allen-Fairview Chamber of Commerce. In 2014 the Change the World event was awarded a grant from the RETHINK CHURCH division of the United Methodist Church and made it possible to expand our opportunities of service. Change The World has been recognized by the City of Allen and the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Where We Are Now
In 2019 Change The World officially became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.This means CTW is a tax-exempt, charitable organization with the benefit that individuals may now participate in matching gifts with participating companies. All donations are tax deductible. As this event transitions to a year-long model the 2021 CTW Allen marks our tenth year of helping others.