Rev James Allen was born in Canton, Mississippi and is the son of Mrs. Pinkie and Bennie Allen, Jr. Rev Allen was introduced to God at Mt. Levi Baptist Church in Canton Ms. and was baptized at the age of 12.
He rededicated his life to Jesus Christ at the age of 50 and was called by God into the gospel ministry in 2000. He received his early education in the public schools of Canton Ms. He received his Bachelor of Theology Degree in Religion and Theology from New Covenant Bible Institute in 2007.
Rev. Allen served a period in the United States Army and quickly progressed to the rank of Sergeant, specializing in Logistics and Manpower Utilization. Rev Allen is a Vietnam Veteran where he served with distinction in a combat engineering unit for twelve months.
In 1978, Rev Allen joined the Fire Department in Raleigh NC. Before his retirement in 1994, he commanded an Emergency Rescue Unit as a Lieutenant for seven years before being promoted to Fire Captain.
Rev Allen set the historical mark of being the first African-American to command an all-black fire company within the City of Raleigh. In 1992, Rev Allen was a charter member of the Raleigh local chapter of the International Association of Black Professional Firefighters.
He also served as the North Carolina Representative for the International Association. Upon his retirement from the City of Raleigh Fire Service, Rev Allen was elected to the City of Raleigh Civil Service Commission for four years where he represented the employees in disputes with the City of Raleigh.
Rev Allen has served on the Board of Directors, for several non-profit organizations and he was the visionary, founder and Executive Director of “Harvest of Hope Network Ministries”.
Rev. Allen is a mentor, teacher and preacher. He has also served as an Instructor at New Covenant Bible Institute and inspires people everywhere he goes to improve their lives by improving their relationship with God.
Rev. Allen constantly reminds everyone:
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, and to them who are the called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)