Jimmy Allen was born in Searcy, Arkansas. He graduated from Harding University with a major in journalism and a minor in Bible. After coaching and teaching, he entered the fulltime ministry and has served for more than 35 years. He helped plant a church in Hartford, Connecticut over 25 years ago. Jimmy has served both as an evangelist and an elder. He has also served in the ministry in North Carolina and in Massachusetts. He and his wife, Anita have been married for more than 37 years and have three adult daughters who are also disciples of Christ. Jimmy currently leads the Ocean State Church of Christ in Providence, Rhode Island.