The son of an equine veterinarian, Pastor Allen Jackson spent his formative years helping his father care for horses and other animals—and many of his sermons include stories and lessons learned in the barns, fields, and countryside of Tennessee. Though he often jokes that he was “raised in a barn,” his life journey has proven to be impactful.
He earned degrees from Oral Roberts University and Vanderbilt University, and studied at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He returned to Murfreesboro, Tennessee (southeast of Nashville), where he lives with his wife, Kathy, and has served as senior pastor of World Outreach Church since 1989. Under his leadership, the church has grown from less than 30 people to over 15,000 local congregants. Despite its size, Pastor Allen still fondly refers to the congregation as a “little country church” because that’s how it began—as a small Bible study in his parents’ home in the 1970s.
His mission is to help people become more fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ, and technology has increased his impact, allowing his biblical messages to reach and encourage 3,000,000+ people per week.