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Our Staff

The staff members of the Meachem & Rowland Funeral Home are caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique and has specific personal requests as well as long standing family traditions.

Here, at The Meachem & Rowland Funeral Home, attention to detail is paramount. It is for this reason that we are truly known as "The Home of Personal Service". We, at the Meachem & Rowland

 Funeral Home, understand that our families always come first and we continually look for new ways to serve you better.

 

Marcus A. Allen

Marcus A. Allen

President & Owner

Marcus A. Allen is a trailblazing, visionary leader, father, musician, musical artist, and entrepreneur committed to the call of God on his life.

Marcus A. Allen is the continuing legacy of a strong Christian family, and his mother, Rev. Mahalia Allen, is an ordained minister. He was born and raised in Live Oak, Florida and is the baby of four children. In 1995, while still a very young man, Rev. Allen was called to the preaching ministry and ordained in Live Oak, Florida under the leadership of Bishop Henry H. Smart, Jr. As a true visionary and being an individual who has been called to operate far beyond the restraints of traditionalism, he moved to Philadelphia Pennsylvania. He serves as the Associate Minister and Minister of Music of the Friendly Baptist Church under the tutelage of Dr. J.N. Lavender. 

The heart of Rev. Allen’s ministry can be felt through his musical gift.  As a songwriter, musician, and vocalist, he has shared the message of Christ’s love through song throughout the United States of America. Marcus is the founder and the original lead singer for National Gospel Recording Artist “The Supreme 7”.  He has studied at the Mana Bible Institute and served as minster of music for churches such as the historical Cornerstone Baptist Church. 

Marcus Allen’s relentless pursuit for excellence has propelled him to provide high quality professional and exceptional funeral services to families across Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Mr. Allen’s journey of providing efficient funeral service started at a young age in Live Oak, Florida where he worked and served with the late Charles T. Hall. After leaving Florida, Marcus has managed some of the most prestigious funeral homes in the Philadelphia area. He is the President of the Meachem Funeral Home Corporation in Philadelphia, PA and Meachem & Rowland Funeral Home in Pennsauken, NJ.  He has served as a youth counselor, and Assistant Director of Youth Empowerment for the Life Skills Center and counselor for BBC Young Male Expansion Program under the late Pastor A.W. Dock and Dr. Brenda L. Richmond.

A highly regarded National Singer, Musician and Preacher; Rev. Allen has traveled extensively singing and preaching the good news of Jesus Christ and compelling the lost to come to Christ. He is highly regarded by his peers as the “Singing, Preaching Undertaker”. He believes that God has a plan for all of our lives and only we can stop, prevent, or hinder our God-given destiny. Rev. Allen believes that the Church is God’s greatest weapon to fight poverty, self-hatred, hunger, and ignorance. He is a member of the local minister’s conferences and several community organizations. While Reverend Allen’s accomplishments are numerous, his most important and proudest accomplishment is being the proud father to Makaila and Arianna Allen.


Dr. Rodney B. Rowland

Dr. Rodney B. Rowland

Owner & Vice President

The Reverend Dr. Rodney B. Rowland is a native of Camden, NJ. He attended and graduated from The King's Christian School in Cherry Hill, NJ. He received his Masters of Business Administration and Biblical Counseling and Masters of Arts and Graduate Degree from Liberty University and a Doctorate of Theology from North Carolina College of Theology.Pastor Rowland accepted Christ at the early age of 12, and was divinely called into the Gospel Ministry. He was licensed to Preach December 1996, and was installed as Pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church December 6, 2009. He was instrumental in purchasing their new Church Building at 351 High Street in Westville, NJ, December 2011, and became a 501 3c Incorporation. He is the Founder of the WOW (Without Walls) Early Learning Center. Under his leadership, he has licensed seven (7) Ministers, of which Four (4) he ordained.

  • He served the Progressive Baptist Convention of NJ as Catechist & Chair of the Permanent Counsel. Pastor Rowland is the Chairman of the Trustee Board and Camp Director for the Bethany Baptist Association of South Jersey. He is the 1st Vice President of the Minister’s Conference of Woodbury & Vicinity, and the Treasurer of the Camden County Minister’s Conference. He is a member of the Bethany Baptist Association; the New England Missionary Baptist Convention; the General Baptist Convention of New Jersey; Bishop Darryl Robinson's Yesha Ministry; and the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. He is a Certified Instructor for the Sunday School Publishing Board, Nashville, TN.*He served as Campus to the Moody Bible Institute & Trinity Bible College. His ministries include the Awana Club; the Joseph House Homeless Ministry; the Senior Food Program and the Food Bank Ministry. Pastor Rowland has served in many community initiatives - Past Chair Camden's March for Jesus, The Bright Star Housing Corporation, County Workforce Investment Board, and the Faith Base Collaborative of Camden, NJ. He serves as overseer to two Spanish Churches, and is the founder of the Without Walls Fellowship of Churches.*His Awards include: President's Diversity Award; Legislative Commendation; Merchant of the Month Award; Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Service Award, the Edwin Hawkins recognition award, and the State of New Jersey Deacons Award.
  • Pastor Rowland said "From humble beginnings to this milestone in the Gospel Ministry, I'm just an humble Servant of God, thanking and praising Him for allowing me to serve and minister to His people at Macedonia Baptist Church and Community Outreach, Inc. My goal and mission on this joyous journey is to spread the Gospel - the Good News to everyone, that they might know God, be saved, delivered and set free by His power." His favorite Scripture is Romans 8:38-39 "I am persuaded.......”

Kyjuan T. Westry

Kyjuan T. Westry

LFD-CPC NJ Lic#5065

Many of us only dream about what we want to be as a child; however, the chances of a child imagining what they want to be and what they will be as an adult rarely comes to fruition, with the grace of God I am living my dream. Enrolled in New York’s prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology on a fashion design scholarship Kyjuan T. Westry decided it was time to step out on faith and follow his heart. He withdrew and began his journey to becoming a funeral director. Serving families since 2005 with empathy and an attention to detail Kyjuan intertwines funeral service with his love for fashion. Kyjuan holds a funeral directors license in New Jersey and New York. His leadership with advance funeral planning has led him to be a Certified Preplanning Consultant. A member of The National Funeral Directors Association, The Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice and The Insight Institute where he became a Certified Funeral Celebrant.


Taneesha L. Smith

Taneesha L. Smith

Manager J.J. Lic.#5209

Taneesha L. Smith is a licensed funeral director born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. In 2013, she graduated from the Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Decatur, GA. After graduating she moved to Delaware where she began her career and received her license in 2015. In addition to being licensed in Delaware, she is also in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

 

Taneesha is very dedicated to her profession and she takes pride and honor in serving the families she come in contact with.


Rasan Z. Warren

Rasan Z. Warren

Business Administrator



Angie White

Angie White

Public Relations



Ashmead E. Swain

Ashmead E. Swain

Public Relations



Deborah Haynes-Carolina

Deborah Haynes-Carolina

Public Relations



Kiami Davis

Kiami Davis

Public Relations



Kevin Hagamin

Kevin Hagamin

Public Relations



Stephanie Crawley

Stephanie Crawley

Public Relations



Lawrence Farmer

Lawrence Farmer

Public Relations



Angel Torres

Angel Torres

Public Relations



Isaiah Jones

Isaiah Jones

Public Relations



Yensenia Madera

Yensenia Madera

Public Relations



Awilda Torres

Awilda Torres

Public Relations



Lamont Sanders

Lamont Sanders

Public Relations



Pastor Latonya McGorder-Williams

Pastor Latonya McGorder-Williams

Public Relations



Patricia D. Lightsey

Patricia D. Lightsey

Public Relations



Mike J. Dorsey

Mike J. Dorsey

Public Relations



Hassan Pulliam

Hassan Pulliam



Group Photos

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Top row from left to right:
Marcus A. Allen, Owner & President
Kyjuan T. Westry, LFD & CPC - NJ Lic.#5065

Bottom row from left to right:
Taneesha L. Smith, Manager NJ Lic.#5209
Rodney B. Rowland, Owner & Vice President

 

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