Michael Allen was born in Kingston, Jamaica and immigrated to the USA (Ft. Lauderdale) with his family in 1977, becoming a US Citizen in 1986. He was married in 1994 to Marilza (Brazilian from Rio de Janeiro), and they have four children: Rachel 24 (Married Darric Obinger), Daniel 22, Philip 19, and Abigail 16. He earned an AS Degree in Applied Computer Electronics (1987), BA Biblical Studies – Trinity Intl University (1994), and MDIV (Urban Ministry) – TIU (TEDS) (1997). From 1997-2002, Michael was the Asst Pastor at The Moody Church, then from 2005-2020 he served as the Sr. Pr. @ Uptown Baptist Church – Chicago, IL. He has been Vice Chairman of the Board Pacific Garden Mission - Chicago, IL since 1998 and Co-Founder & CSO of Together Chicago since 2017.