The Reverend Raymond E. Allen, Sr. was born December 10, 1959 in Houma, LA. His parents, the late Raymond Allen and Laferne Banks Allen, raised him and his sisters, Victoria and Terri, in a Christian home where God was always first.
Under the guidance of his grandparents, Leroy Banks, Sr. and Ophelia Banks, he was taught to learn God's work and to always seek the Lord.
He is a 1977 graduate of South Terrebonne High School in Houma, LA. He continued his education at Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA and received his Bachelors Degree in 1982. His education continued at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Other places of education included The University of New Orleans, Nichols State University, Union Baptist College Theological Seminary in New Orleans. Additionally, he received his Education Certification from Louisiana State University. As an educator he taught school for 25 years. He finished his teaching career as Band Director and Music teacher at Plaquemine High School in 2011.
He was called to preach the Gospel and was licensed in 1990 and ordained in 1992. He has been a pastoring since January 1993.
Raymond Allen, Sr. became pastor of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in August 2001, where God has led him to teach, preach, and to reach God's people with love. As the full time pastor, he exemplifies the type of leader who firmly believes that the most important thing is to learn that God comes first and everything else will be added.