"It wasn't until my early 20's before I was able to truly begin loving myself... Now, I seek to laugh often, love fully & lead well."
Allen attempted suicide 1 month after graduating from high school. He thought he had no future. But God intervened on that warm July night in 1992 and over several years began to reveal His desires and purpose for Allen's life.
NOW, Allen lives in the future he thought didn't exist! He is a husband and a father. He has 2 degrees. He has been blessed to work for Walt Disney World Inc, Universal Studios Florida, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Macys, and the American Bible Society. As a filmmaker, Allen has produced documentaries in 7 African countries, China and Europe, and has produced 2 feature-length films centered on Book 1 of his Speedsuit Powers Trilogy. He is the author of 9 books and is working on several more. He desires to maximize every gift and talent God has given him to build others up for Christ's Kingdom.
Allen is currently the Co-Pastor of Bethesda Baptist Church of New Rochelle, NY. Here - as well as at other churches in the NY area - he uses his 40+ years of life experience, gifts, talents and biblical knowledge to help others grow in their relationship with Christ, pursue their God-given dreams and purpose, and prepare for Christ's Return. Also, as Co-Pastor, he volunteers his time with the New Rochelle Police Department in an effort to build strong relationship bridges between its officers and the local community in which they serve.
As a Creative, Allen has also started several YouTube channels over the years to share his creative pursuits. His DTC Writer Studio helps guide writers who want to become authors. Here, he shares writer/author insights for those who need direction and desire accountability throughout their writing process. He also has the "Speedsuit Powers" YouTube Channel where he highlights the message of his book series and the creative process for its development. And he has the "AllenMoveWorks" YouTube Channel which consists of a variety of videos designed to inspire, motivate and educate.
As you can tell, Allen has many interests and has had some unique experiences (like doing Standup Comedy twice and being an announcer for several robotic competitions in Westchester)!
Allen is an avid reader, who grew up not liking to read, but now encourages youth and adults to dive into the world of books through reading, as well as writing their own stories! He firmly believes everyone has at least one book within them!
Allen also enjoys writing, drawing, creating & watching movies, listening to good music, vertical wind tunnel flying and spending time with is wife and son.
Oh, and he loves a good strawberry shake! :-)