Michael Allen was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and immigrated to the USA (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) with his family in 1977, becoming a US citizen in 1986. From 1997-2002, Michael was the Assistant Pastor at The Moody Church, then from 2005-2020 he served as the Senior Pastor. at Uptown Baptist Church (Chicago, IL). He has been Vice Chairman of the Board Pacific Garden Mission (Chicago, IL) since 1998 and Co-Founder and CSO of Together Chicago since 2017. He is married to his wife, Marilza, and they have four children: Rachel, Daniel, Philip, and Abigail. Michael earned an associate's degree in Applied Computer Electronics, a BA in Biblical Studies from Trinity International University, and an MDiv in Urban Ministry from TIU's Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.