Senior Pastor Michael Allen and his family began their ministry at UBC in the Summer of 2005. Pastor Allen was born in Jamaica, and his wife Marla in Brazil.
Prior to serving at our church, Pastor Michael served the membership of the Moody Church as Assistant Pastor of Urban Outreach and Evangelism under the leadership of Dr. Erwin Lutzer. Pastor Michael also served the membership of Sagemont Church in Houston, TX as an Associate Pastor of World Evangelism.
Pastor Michael earned a BA in Biblical Studies from Trinity College in Miami, FL and a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Now TIU) in Deerfield, IL.
He has served for many years as the Vice Chairman of the Board of the Pacific Garden Mission.
In his leisure time he loves doing anything with his family - traveling, walking, biking, tennis, swimming, eating, laughing, playing, reading.
Favorite TV shows: America's Funniest Videos, Extreme Make-over Home Edition.
Favorite News Programs: Good Morning America, BBC World, NPR Morning Edition, Bill O'Reilly commentary.
Favorite Movies/Actors: Tyler Perry movies, Fire Proof, The Blind Side, Roots, Men of Honor, Gifted Hands, Remember the Titans, Antwone Fisher, James Bond, Bruce Lee, John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Cuba Gooding, Denzel Washington
Favorite sports and Sporting Events: Hunting, Fishing, Tennis, Golf, Basket Ball, Table Tennis, SCUBA Diving, Live Roof Top Cubs game; NBA Championship, Super Bowl, World Cup, World Series, Wimbledon
Favorite Music/Musicians - Christian/Gospel: Hymns, Jazz, Rap, Nicole Mullen, Larnelle Harris, 4-Him, Michael Card, Israel Houghton, Glad, Kirk Franklin, Cross Movement, Steven Curtis Chapman, Bebe & Cece Winans, Babie Mason
Favorite Preachers - Tony Evans, E.V. Hill, S.M. Lockeridge, John MacArthur, Chuck Swindoll, John Piper, James McDonald, E.K. Bailey.