Rev. J.D. Allen is from The Colony, Texas. He married Katy Allen in 2000 and they have two children. They live in Carrollton, Texas. He comes to Chapel Hill United Methodist Church after serving five years as senior pastor at First United Methodist Church of Boyd, Texas. He previously served one year as associate pastor at First United Methodist Church Carrollton and two years as student local pastor at Elm Ridge United Methodist Church.
Rev. Allen received his Masters of Divinity from George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University in 2004 and received a Masters of Theological Studies from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in 2013.
In addition to pastoral ministry, Rev. Allen serves on the board of Texas Impact and has previously served on the board of Dallas Area Progressive Christian Alliance, and worked with North Texas Jobs with Justice, and Workers Defense Project.