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PASTOR DARREN C. ALLEN
Pastor Allen was called as pastor on November 30, 2003 and has served as pastor of the Mount Zion Baptist Church since December 3, 2003.
Pastor Darren C. Allen is the son of Mrs. Alma Allen (Ford) and the late Mr. Harry Wilson. He was reared by his mother and grandparents, the late Mr. Joseph and Mrs. Clide H. Allen. He became saved through the ministries of the First Baptist Church Woodward in Brighton, Alabama under the spiritual tutelage of the Pastor Adolphus Moody. At the age of eighteen, Pastor Allen was ordained as the youngest deacon in the history of his church, later serving as a musician.
He received his formal education from Brighton Elementary and High Schools, graduating from Hueytown High School. He furthered his education by earning a bachelor's degree in history, a master's degree and undertook doctoral studies in Higher Education Administration from the University of Alabama.
In January 2000, Pastor Allen accepted the call into the ministry of the Word at the First Baptist Church, Northport, Alabama under the leadership of the Pastor Richard L. Morgan. He had previously served at FBCN as a musician and Minister of Music for eight years and associate minister for three years. On November 30, 2003, Pastor Allen was called as pastor of the Mount Zion Baptist Church, Cordova, Alabama and has served in this capacity since December 3, 2003.
A former admissions officer at the University of Alabama, he has been employed at Lawson State Community College, Birmingham, Alabama since June 1, 1999. Pastor Allen has served various capacities including Enrollment Manager, Coordinator of Admissions and Records, Director of Admissions/Registrar, as well as Acting Dean of Students.
At the University of Alabama, Pastor Allen further developed his gifts as a member, staff musician, and assistant director of the Afro-American Gospel Choir (the Afros). He was honored by the choir as Outstanding Tenor and Outstanding Male on more than one occasion. In 1993, he won men's talent division of the National Baptist Student Union Retreat, representing the Afros, earning the title of Mr. BSU in Louisville, Kentucky. He then served a term on the organization's national board of directors. He later sang with the Abundant Life Music Ministry, Birmingham, Alabama for over ten years. Pastor Allen was a soloist on the following recording projects: Tribute to the Trinity for the Afro-American Gospel Choir in collaboration with the Church of the Firstborn, Tuscaloosa, Alabama ; Abundant Life Music Ministry (two tracks) I Can't Stop Praising the Lord and A Song For You recorded in Birmingham, Alabama; You Must Be Born Again with the Gospel Music Workshop of America Youth and Young Adult Mass Choir, Cincinnati, Ohio; and He’s Still Good.
Pastor Allen served on a number of boards of directors including Childcare Resources, Omicron Lambda Education Foundation, and the Family the Self-Sufficiency Program Coordinating Committee of the Birmingham Housing Authority, having served as the committee's vice-president. He has served as President of Alabama Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (ALACRAO), the state's premier organization for two-year and four-year college administrators. Pastor Allen is a member Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, having been initiated through the Kappa Alpha Chapter at The University of Alabama. He is also a life member and veteran state and local executive board member of the fraternity. He continues to serve the church and community in a number of leadership and support capacities.
Since December 2, 1995, he has shared his life with his wife and partner in ministry, Zephaniah (Lady Zay), a gifted choir director and vocalist. Lady Zay, a science teacher in the Jefferson County School system. They are blessed with one daughter, Zoë Catherine and one son, Zion Christian. They reside in City of Gardendale, just north of Birmingham, Alabama.