OUR PASTOR - Reverend Kenneth Allen
Reverend Kenneth A. Allen, Sr. was born the second of five children to Rev. James S. Allen, Sr., and the late Mrs. Dorothy Jean Allen, in Little Rock, Arkansas. He is the Senior Pastor of Zion Baptist Church in Omaha, Nebraska, and the founder and CEO of DayBreak Discipleship Ministries, Inc., offering seminars, lectures, workshops, and curricula focusing on Bible-based, Christ-centered paradigms for believers in the new millennium.
Pastor Allen accepted Christ and was baptized at the age of five. He graduated with honors from Central High School in Omaha, Nebraska, and continued his education by earning a Bachelor Arts in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Divinity from Morehouse School of Religion at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) of Atlanta, Georgia. He has also done partial doctoral studies at Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit, Michigan.
Upon being licensed and ordained by Pastor James Allen at Vine Memorial Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Rev. Allen began full-time ministry as Director of Christian Education at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan. Since that time, he has also served in full-time ministry as Pastor of Abyssinian Baptist Church in Philadelphia from 1989-94; Minister of Education and Growth (1995-1998) and Senior Pastor (1998-2005) of Mt. Zion First Baptist Church in San Antonio, Texas; and Director of Christian Education at New Hope Baptist Church in Wayne, MI from 2005-2006. While at the New Hope Church, Pastor Allen also founded DayBreak Discipleship Ministries.
Over the last ten years, Rev. Allen has held a number of ecclesiastical and civic posts, including the following:
San Antonio Baptist Ministers Union, (1997-2005)
Chairman, Education Committee; Instructor, City-Wide Institute
E. C. Morris Institute-Arkansas Baptist College
Institute Preacher; Facilitator, Dialogical Lab; Board of Directors
Founding Board Member, San Antonio Community of Churches for Social Action, (1999-2005)
Founding Member/Secretary, Central Texas Alumni of the ITC, (1999-2005)
San Antonio Mayor's Commission on Integrity and Trust in Government, (2002-2003)
National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa "Educators' Hall of Fame" Inductee (2003)
Honorary Alumnus of the Year, Huston-Tillotson College Austin, Texas, (2004)
President, Interdenominational Ministerail Alliance of Metropolitan Omaha (2009-2012)
Inductee, 2012 Class, Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers (2012)
Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA
Reverend Kenneth A. Allen
In 2008, the Zion Baptist Church of Omaha, Nebraska, extended the pastoral call to Rev. Allen to serve as the fourteenth shepherd of that historic congregation. Currently, Rev. Allen serves as First Vice-President of the New Era Baptist State Congress of Christian Education; Chairman of the City-Wide Revival for the Baptist Pastors and Ministers Conference of Omaha and Vicinity; and a faculty member in the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education Minister’s Division. Pastor Allen has also served as an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, teaching courses on Theology and Religion in Black America.
Rev. Allen is married to the former Sandra Lavern Coaxum, Esq., and has two sons, Mathis Sterling and Kenneth Andre, II. After over 30 years of preaching the Gospel, Rev. Allen strongly believes that his calling is to engage in discipleship, community empowerment, and education, preaching and teaching "the unsearchable riches of Christ" to a spiritually poverty-stricken generation.