About Us

In May 1981, a four-year old little girl and her family moved to Seffner, Florida, and started attending the United Methodist Church one block over from their house. They soon met a family with two little boys, the oldest of whom was seven at the time. This family had been part of the church for several years, since before their eldest boy was born.

The two families interacted a lot over the years at various activities and committees and the kids even sang together in children's choir (we're 3rd and 4th from the right in the white robes) and youth choir and acted in church plays.

But the girl and boy were not what you would call friends. While she had a crush on him, he tried hard to pretend she didn't exist, especially when his grandmother suggested that he date her! Eventually though the girl started to wear him down. When she asked, he took her to her senior prom in 1994.

They started dating officially while chaperoning a youth group trip to the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. They were engaged on Thanksgiving weekend 1997 and married in the church where they grew up on July 10, 1999.

Fast forward to 2015.
The little girl and boy will celebrate sixteen years of marriage.
They are now all "grown-up" and followed God's calling to be pastors.
Together they have three amazing sons: two by birth and one by adoption from China. 

Over the years, we have experienced a lot of Allen Family Adventures, including lots of ups and some downs.  But we have weathered them all together with the Lord as our guide: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight" (Proverbs 3:5). Join us as we continue through all of the Adventures God has in store. 

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