Ken Allen joins SBOM LeaderCare office as church health strategist

Starting Sept. 16, Alabama Baptists had a new church health strategist — Ken Allen, a man with a “pastor’s heart” and a “good rapport” with churches all over the state.

“Ken has been in a lot of different settings and coming out of the role of associational missionary he brings a wealth of experience that will be invaluable to us,” said Mike Jackson, director of the office of LeaderCare and church health of the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions (SBOM).

Allen, who formerly served as associational mission strategist for DeKalb Baptist Association, will oversee the SBOM’s work with church health and revitalization all over the state. He will also connect with bivocational pastors and is trained to help churches resolve conflicts and seek peace.

“I want to let pastors know that I’m here. The office is here to help in any way that we can,” Allen said. “My heart has been for years to really come alongside guys who are hurting, wondering what the next step is or have lost hope and need somebody to come alongside them, pray for them, support them, encourage them and get them back going again.” 

Before working in DeKalb Association, Allen served as pastor of East Side Baptist Church, Cullman, for 12 years, as well as at Concord Highland Baptist Church, Hueytown. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Samford University in Birmingham and a master of divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. (Grace Thornton)