Dr. Allen Atkins – Pastor
Allen and Lisa were both born and raised in the state of Alabama. Allen also spent a few years of his childhood living in Springfield, Missouri before moving back to Alabama at the age of ten. Allen and Lisa met at a revival service while they were both attending the University of Alabama. Allen was leading worship at the service and Lisa’s pastor was preaching. Allen has said the only “decision” made during the revival meeting was, “I have to get to know this girl!” They were married a few months later.
The Lord has blessed Allen and Lisa with three wonderful children, a daughter-in-law, son-in-law, and three grandchildren. Their son, Daniel, his wife Kristy, along with children Sadie, Emma, and Grady live in Iva, SC where Daniel serves as Pastor at Good Hope Baptist Church. Lauren and her husband, Matt Dobson, live in Marietta, GA where Matt is part of the Middle School Ministry Team at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church. Faith is a junior at Truett-McConnell College. Both Lauren and Faith appear in Sherwood Pictures’ “Courageous.” Daniel, Lauren and Faith have all been on mission trips with Allen and Lisa and all are serving the Lord in various ways.
Allen has been serving churches since his days in college. He has served as an associate pastor of music, youth and college. Allen has served as a Senior Pastor for twenty-five years. From 2001 – 2012 he served as Senior Pastor at Fairhaven Baptist Church in Demopolis, AL. Through the years he has also ministered in over 130 churches and has been on mission trips to Dominica, England, Wales, Nicaragua, India, Romania, Hungary and Poland.
In 1997, Allen, Daniel, Lauren and Faith recorded a Christian children’s album entitled “The Truth Behind the Tales.” It was supported and promoted by the American Family Radio Network, the American Family Association, and Moody Radio. Grammy and Dove Award nominees and winners John Mandeville, Morgan Cryar and the late Roger Bennett helped produce and record the album.