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To begin with, Pastor Raymond E. Allen, Sr. was born December 10, 1959, in Houma, LA.  He was reared in a Christian home with two sisters.  He graduated from South Terrebonne High School in 1977 in Houma, LA He continued his education at Southern University, Baton Rouge, LA and received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Studies under the leadership of the late great Alvin Batiste.  Rev. Allen has performed with many great and famous musical talents around the country, but the greatest blessing was when he was called to preach the Gospel in 1990.  Rev. Allen married Cheryl Wilson on November 18, 1989 and two months later began preaching and teaching the Gospel everywhere he could.  The Lord blessed Rev.  Allen’s Ministry mightily.  He has been successfully pastoring for over 25 years and as a powerful, practical, and pious position concerning God’s Ministry, he trusts the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  One of Pastor Allen’s moto is that “the Lord will bless him while he produces for God’s kingdom.”  Also, Rev. Allen has successfully retired from teaching in the public-school system where he taught Special Education and Music Education. He has received many awards, commendations, accolades, and First Place Band competition awards.  He was nominated for teacher of the year and has served in many capacities in the public-school system.  The fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree, because all five of Rev. Raymond and Cheryl Allen’s children love the Lord and are musically gifted.  Each one is a Minister of Music or a Worship Leader at different churches spanning from the New Orleans area to the New Roads area.

 In Ministry, Pastor Allen have received many honors, awards, accolades, and special days such as:  Minister of the Year for the West Baton Rouge Parish, Keys to the City of Port Allen from the Mayor,  Special honor and recognition from the Governor’s office, Proclamations from the Louisiana House of Representatives and the Senate, Honored as a distinguished educator and community leader, Bible Instructor in the Trinity Association Leadership Conference, Member of the International Coalition of Clergy, and Rev. Allen has prayed in the House of Representatives and in the Senate.  Rev. Allen is involved in Prison Ministry, Nursing Home Ministry, Pastoral Care Ministry, and Christian Education.  Rev.  Allen was also a pioneer in the development of the Freedom School Initiative for West Baton Rouge Parish through the Federally Funded Children Defense Fund.  Rev. Allen is a member of the NEA National Education Association, as well as the LEA Louisiana Educator Association.  Rev.  Allen is a member of the Louisiana Retired Teachers Association.  He is a member of the West Baton Rouge Minister’s Conference where he has ordained 19 ministers for ministry.  He offers volunteer hours to mentor children with positive messaging in West Baton Rouge Parish, East Baton Rouge Parish, and Ascension Parish Schools.  Rev.  Allen is a member of the 4th District Missionary Baptist Association.  He is a member of the National Baptist Convention, USA Inc.

In 2019 Pastor Allen received his Doctorate of Divinity Degree from Union Baptist College and Theological Seminary.  Pastor Allen is a life-long learner and has attended the following Colleges, Universities, Conferences, Seminaries and Institutes:  Capital City Religious Institute-Baton Rouge, LA, Union Baptist Seminary- Houma Extension, Houma LA, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, LA, University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA,  Frank E. Ray Expository Preaching Conference, Memphis, TN, E.K. Bailey Expository Preaching Conference, Dallas, TX, Nicholls State University-Thibodaux, LA, Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge, LA, Southern University-College of Education-Baton Rouge, LA.  He is the proud Pastor of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church of Port Allen, Louisiana where he has served since 2001.