Allen was born in Davenport, Iowa, but was raised most of his life on a small farm in Michigan.
He graduated from Midwest School of Biblical Studies in Sugar Creek, MO in 1993 and began his full time work. He received a BA in Bible from Freed Hardeman in 1999.
He married Christy Stanton June 14, 1991. They met at Oklahoma Christian, where they attended two years before marrying and moving to MO to attend preaching school. Christy was born in Fort Worth. She graduated from East Texas State University in 1996.