Allan Poole

Senior Pastor


Allan is the senior pastor at Blacknall, an ENFP on the Myers-Briggs scale and a mystery to the taxonomy of the enneagram. You ask, how can an ENFP be a senior pastor? An excellent question, to which some would no doubt reply, “Not very well!” But Blacknall is a gracious place….

Allan was born in Roanoke, Virginia and spent most of his early years in southwest Virginia before finishing high school in Philadelphia. He was a history major at Wake Forest, where he was brought to faith in Christ. His senior year was a season of profound growth and change, and he arrived home from a semester abroad convinced that his future was not in the law, but in the church. He received his M.Div from Gordon-Conwell in Boston, and later completed a Th.M at Duke. Discipleship of heart and mind, passion and thought working together, have been important themes in his Christian life and work.

Allan is married to Betsy, and together they have three adult children.