Secretarial certified, Chicago College Commerce, 1963. Associate of Arts in Psychology, Southwestern College, Chula Vista, California, 1974. AS in Nursing, Missouri Southern State College, Joplin, 1977.
Bachelor of science in nursing, Pittsburg State University, Kansas, 1979. Clinical pastoral education, St. Paul School Theology and Osawatomie State Hospital, Kansas, 1984. Master of Divinity, Master of Religious Education, St. Paul School of Theology, Kansas City, Missouri, 1985. Postgraduate, Georgia State University, 2005.
Board directors United Methodist Church Black Methodist for Church Renewal, 1981—1982. Pastor Pitts Chapel United Methodist Church, Springfield, Missouri, 1984—1985. Founder, chairperson Matthew 25 Collaboration, Atlanta, 1998—1999.
Pastor, Chief Executive Officer Church of the Creator Incarnate, Coverings, Creative Theological Ministries, Stone Mountain, Georgia, since 1994. Nursing instructor Pacific Coast College, Chula Vista, California, 1990—1991. Member advisory board Nambudripad's Allergy Research Foundation.
Participant Atlanta Taskforce for the Homeless, 1994—1998. Lecturer leadership classes Dekalb History Society, Decatur, 1999—2001. Newsletter editor and organizer Stone Mountain Estates Community Organization, 2002—2003.
Board directors Black Methodists for Church Renewal, 1981—1982. Chairperson Matthew 25 Collaboration, Atlanta, 1998—1999. Treasurer Conference Youth Council of Rock River Conference of Methodist Episcopal Church, 1959—1960.
Designer, coordinator Project Hope. Member of Sigma Theta Tau.
Daughter of George Aaron Irvin and Madeline Anandabai (Sobrian M.N.) Irvin Gordon, Earl Ovington Gordon (Stepfather). Married Ernest James Allen, February 29, 1992. Married Hillard Roland Phillips, July 1, 1960 (divorced June 16, 1977). Children: Kellie Annette Phillips Mortley, Madeline Charlotte Phillips Kimmich, Matthew Roland Phillips.