Hi, I'm John

Howdy.

My parents named me after my father, John C. Allen Sr. That makes me John C. Allen II. If you call me junior, I will have to politely inform you of your incorrectness. But if you must call me something,

Just John will do.

If you've seen me around ALIVE, it’s probably been on the platform singing or playing guitar during worship. It's an opportunity that I feel very blessed with and do not take lightly. I absolutely love using my gifts and talents to sing praises to the Lord in worship. It is such a fun, authentic, and honoring position to have. I was a Choir nerd in High School—that’s all ancient history now. I grew a keen ear for music and learned quickly how to pick out notes and rhythms. But where I really thrived was the punk rock band I played in. I just loved loud noises and we loved making them. We’d play a lot of house shows and ate a lot of pizza. Those two usually went hand in hand.

Music is so important. It brings different cultures together. Whether you’re a free hippie spirit or waiting for the South to rise, music can influence any area of your life. It just has that power. And I believe it truly is a gift from God. Music can be such a God honoring tool if the leaders reflect worship in an excellent way that brings people into the throne room of Heaven. Worship is your life, so in everything we do, we honor the Lord. But through the gift of music, we have the freedom to boldly enter into His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. We give thanks to Him who has given so much through His son and we bless His name who was, is, and is to come.

During the week, I am constantly working towards getting ready for the next Sunday. From picking songs to arranging the flow of the worship experience, I make sure every detail that goes into the day has purpose and meaning behind it. Some days are more difficult than others. When it’s the day of worship practice we’re up to our eyeballs in technical difficulties, sometimes I just feel like lying down on the floor and wishing all of the issues would just float away. But if there’s one thing that always gets me up by my bootstraps and puts me in my place, it’s Colossians 3:23-24:

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”

If that doesn’t give you perspective, I don’t know what will! Nothing worth doing is ever easy. Sure, there are days that I’m stressed beyond all measure, but my peace is in the Lord, and for that I am most thankful. Plus, you have to learn how to have fun with a job like this! Nobody wants to be around a super serious, uptight character all the time. Ministry isn’t about you, it’s about the Lord.

If I’m not at church, you’ll usually find me at school. I’m finishing my last year at Milligan College. I’ve been very blessed to receive this kind of education, but it has not been easy. I don’t consider myself an academic man, so when my grades are not where I wish they were, you can imagine my frustration. My senior year has especially put things into perspective while trying to handle a full-time education on top of the job I’m passionate about at church. I’ve learned to never take my focus off the here and now of every moment.

I'm getting my degree in Bible with a Pastoral Emphasis. So along with bible and ministry classes, I have to take those absolutely necessary classes like Science and Spanish. Oh boy. Sometimes I really don’t understand why I have to take classes unrelated to ministry. But then again, ministry can be anything and anywhere God puts you. Even a Spanish class. Even an 8am Spanish class. *hah* But I can’t wait to be done and start a promising journey wherever the Lord takes me. I am also happily and thankfully engaged to a wonderful woman and friend by the name of Kara Rumble. We are to be wed this next summer in June and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with her.

When I’m not working or doing schoolwork, I’m probably reading or catching up on the latest Star Wars news that has been released online. Or reading Star Wars fan fiction. Or looking up some geeky video about how futuristic weaponry works when it is not even probable of creation yet. Or wondering how the universe works and how it came to be. Or waiting for the day when space travel will finally be possible. Or anxiously waiting for the new Star Wars film to come out.

Did I mention I'm a Star Wars fan?

Did you know that the Midochlorians are probably the stupidest things I have ever heard about in the Star Wars Universe?

We are symbians with them. And they continuously tell us the will of the Force.”

What a joke. The Force is an energy field that surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds the galaxy together. IT AIN’T SOME BIOLOGICAL THING WITHIN FORCE USERS. THE FORCE CHOOSES YOU, YOU DON’T CHOOSE THE FORCE. After years of communicating to Star Wars fans from the original trilogy that the Force is this spiritual force aiding Jedi for millennia, George Lucas comes in with a curve ball and has Qui-Gon OUT OF ALL THE JEDI MASTERS be the one to claim some sort of biological revelatory fact that was supposedly canon this whole time. Yeah thanks, George.

But speaking of Star Wars...I absolutely CANNOT WAIT for The Force Awakens to premiere THIS THURSDAY NIGHT!

You better believe I will be at the midnight premiere.

This film will, without a shadow of a doubt, be the highest grossing film to date even beating James Cameron’s Avatar. Just as the first Star Wars film made its way into cinema history in 1977, this film will have the same effect and influence that the original Star Wars did to my generation. Here's a crazy concept: My children will know The Force Awakens and the rest of the Star Wars films that follow to be THEIR Star Wars movies. How amazing is that?

These films are not only Hollywood blockbusters but unbeatable epics of storytelling for all to enjoy. The Force Awakens will give Star Wars fans a fresh new experience within the Star Wars universe and will allow bigger and better storylines to unravel with the films that follow! But on an even bigger scale, compared to what’s to come for the future of Star Wars films, The Force Awakens will honestly be a B grade movie. I haven’t seen the film yet, but even if it's a letdown, there are so many other Star Wars stories that will be directed and written by wonderful storytellers giving their own creative takes on the Star Wars Saga. So not to worry fans, Star Wars is here for the long haul and it will only continue to get better!

Let me clear the air on a few things.

I wear a lot of black. Some people think I am on my way to a wake. Well maybe I am. No, I wear a lot of black so that I don’t have to worry about matching. Also on a professional level, black is usually used for professional events or gatherings.

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I’m from Texas so people assume that I love big steaks.

They’re absolutely right. I bleed BBQ and rodeos.

Honestly, there’s a lot of pride that comes with being from Texas. I don’t carry myself with a big ol’ belt buckle for all to see walking as if I just rode a horse from Corpus Christi to Galveston, but I do walk with my head up and weird twang that developed from my time here in Tennessee and my home in Texas. I’ll always be proud to be a Texan.

People think I’m mysterious. I’m really not. I just like to be quiet and still sometimes and some folks think that’s mysterious. If mysterious to you means unable to be still and quiet your mind you may need to revisit your vocabulary and UPDATE. But really, I like to mess with people’s minds and make something bigger than it is just to have a good laugh. I don’t consider myself a serious person, but I think it’s important and healthy to have a good laugh at the embarrassing things you’ve done in the past so that you can grow and better yourself for your next heavy life decision. My policy is: learn from your mistakes and have good hearty laughs from time to time.

I don’t like deviled eggs and I don’t like celery, but I would love to hang out with anyone over a cup of coffee at Dunkin Donuts. If you like music, Jim Halpert, Star Wars, or Jesus, give me a holler and we’ll make some time to hang.

John