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Allen stepped aside July 1, 2007, as Senior Pastor at Mount Pisgah, an evangelical Methodist congregation serving more than 15,000 persons each week through all of its ministries in Alpharetta, Georgia. While at Mount Pisgah, Allen helped to develop comprehensive ministries with children and students as well as a Christian school with over 1200 students; a Beacon of Hope pregnancy resource center; and the Summit Counseling Center. Mount Pisgah became known for its leadership in serving the poor and the forgotten in our culture through ministries with the homeless, those in crisis, and those in need. Mount Pisgah also multiplied its ministry impact with key dynamic ministry partners on each continent of the globe. This powerful combination of ministries made Mount Pisgah one of the largest Methodist congregations in the world. Under Allen’s leadership, Mount Pisgah more than doubled in size.
Prior to full-time ministry, Allen worked in management consulting with Kurt Salmon Associates, an international leader in the textile, apparel, and retail industries. Allen grew up in Brevard, North Carolina, and Lakeland, Florida. He was then educated at Mercer (B.B.A.) and Emory (M.Div.) Universities, before earning a Ph.D. in New Testament and Ancient Christian Origins from Yale University. He has taught and preached in Catholic, Methodist, Baptist, and non-denominational congregations, colleges, and seminaries.
In June 2011, Allen joined the Dynamic Catholic Institute to partner with Matthew Kelly as a best-selling author and communicator of the beauty of the Catholic faith. Allen and his wife, Anita, have two daughters, both of whom are now grown. Allen’s home parish is in McDonough, Georgia.