Allen came to Christ at eight years of age. Throughout high school and college, he was active in para-church ministries. After college he served as a Youth Pastor in a Presbyterian church in Portland, OR. Allen attended a John Wimber conference in 1986, and has been part of the Vineyard Church movement ever since. He has served the Vineyard on staff in Arcadia, CA and Greeley, CO and pastored the Vineyard in Curtis, NE for twelve years before moving to Montana to plant the Billings Vineyard Church in 2005. Allen currently serves as the Regional Leader for the Big Sky Region (ID, MT, WY, SD, ND).